Born Yesterday

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This 1993 remake of the 1950 film Born Yesterday (based on the 1946 Garson Kanin stage play) was retooled as a star vehicle for then-marrieds Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Roughneck self-made millionaire Harry Brock (John Goodman) wants to become a powerful Washington lobbyist. Brock's efforts to hobnob with DC uppercrust are compromised by his brash, embarrassingly vulgar mistress Billie Dawn (Melanie Griffith). He'd like to unload the ex-chorus girl, but he thinks he's in love: besides, she knows too much about his crooked dealings to be running around loose. Thus, Brock hires bookish Paul Verrall (Don Johnson) to educate Billie. Verrall does his job amazingly well, awakening Billie to her responsibilities as a loyal, honest American: along the way, the two fall in love. Featured in the cast are Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and his star reporter (and wife) Sally Quinn, cast as DC power brokers. Also appearing in a small role is 1960s starlet Celeste Yarnell.

Cast

John Goodman
as Harry Brock
Melanie Griffith
as Billie Dawn
Don Johnson
as Paul Verrall
Sally Quinn
as Beatrice
William Frankfather
as Senator Kelley
Fred Dalton Thompson
as Senator Hedges
Celeste Yarnall
as Mrs. Hedges
Nora Dunn
as Cynthia Schreiber
Meg Wittner
as Mrs. Kelley
William Forward
as Senator Duker
Mary Gordon Murray
as Bindy Duker
Ted Raimi
as Cynthia's Assistant
Rondi Reed
as Victoria Penny
Matthew Faison
as Congressman Hulse
Arthur Leeds
as Man at Party
John Wesley
as Senator Welch
Andi Chapman
as Mrs. Welch
Drew Snyder
as Senator Dorn
Terri Hanauer
as Mrs. Dorn
John Achorn
as Senator Banks
Ann Hearn
as Mrs. Banks
Gordon Reinhart
as Jewelry Store Owner
Leroy Perry Jr.
as Dr. Playle
Amanda Hendon
as Manicurist
Aaron Michael Lacey
as College Freshman
Fritz Sperberg
as Jose Perical
Robyn Renner
as Hansom Cab Driver
Paul Guyot
as Bellman
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Critic Reviews for Born Yesterday

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Audience Reviews for Born Yesterday

  • Apr 28, 2008
    Melanie Griffith is a total charmer in this but everyone else is just okay.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2007
    A 90s rom com starring Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson that's basically a cheap knock off of Pygmalion with a shabby blackmail plot tacked on. As good as it sounds.
    xGary X Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2007
    I truly enjoy her rendidtion of the Bill of Rights.
    Valerie G Super Reviewer

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