-Based on the novel Madam Doubtfire by Anne Fine
Did You Know?
-Mrs. Doubtfire's accent was inspired by Scottish director Bill Forsyth, who Robin Williams worked with on Being Human
-The makeup required to become Mrs. Doubtfire took 4 1/2 hours each day
-Mara Wilson's movie debut
-Robin Williams based the character of Mrs. Doubtfire off his nanny in real life.
-Daniel Hillard(Robin Williams) is a talented, yet out of work actor and devoted father to his 3 kids Chris(Matt Lawrence), Lydia(Lisa Jakub) and Natalie(Mara Wilson). Unfortunately, his marriafe to his workaholic wife Miranda(Sally Field) is getting to be as strained as ever, with uptight Miranda growing to dislike her husband's immature and random behavior. Despite knowing his wife would hate it, he hires a mobile petting zoo and throws a party for his son Chris. After getting a complaint at her office from a neighrbor, she discovers what has happened and demands a divorce. Since he has no income or home, Miranda gets custody of the kids. Now Daniel has visitation rights on Saturday evenings, which devastates him as he loves his kids more than life itself. The judge considers this and agrees to do a joint custody arrangement if Daniel can hold down a job and create a suitable living space within the time of 3 months
-For a while, he is able to keep the charade up, despite nearly being discovered by his caseworker Mrs. Sellner(Anne Haney) and trying to break up his ex-wife's relationship to Stuart Dunmire(Pierce Brosnan), who strongly dislikes Daniel. He is discovered when Chris walks in on him in the bathroom by mistake. He then explains to Lydia and Chris that he dresses as Mrs. Doubtfire only to see them every day. He also warns them not to tell their mother, as he would probably end up in jail and might neve see the kids again or Natalie, as she is too young to understand, might blab the whole truth. They are happy to have their father back and agree to keep the secret.
-At that exact moment, Daniel notices Stuart is choking on the pepper and out of regret, he administers the Heimlich maneuver. His face mask tears off though, showing part of his real face. Miranda is angered and horrified to discover that "Mrs. Doubtfire" is really her husband in disguise. Later on, at the court hearing, Daniel makes a plea to the judge, saying the disguise was to spend time with his kids. The judge then grants Mirand full custody while limiting Daniel to supervised visitations once a week, as his behavior was deemed disturbing.