Taglines: Nobody’s Perfect. Everybody’s Flawless.
Walt Koontz, a homophobic guy, ends up with paralyzed vocal cords because of an unfortunate stroke. His therapy includes receiving singing lessons from a neighbor who is not only openly flamboyant but also a pre-op transgenderist. Both of them are equally prejudiced; Koontz against homosexuals and the neighbor against close-minded straight people.
Flawless is a 1999 crime comedy-drama film that stars Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was directed by Joel Schumacher, who also wrote the screenplay. Other cast members include Daphne Rubin-Vega and Wilson Jermaine Heredia.
Hoffman considered De Niro to be the most imposing actor that he had ever worked with, noting how De Niro had the ability during the shooting to “listen” to him as an actor, and in turn, make Hoffman respond similarly because of his unique style of acting. Hoffman felt that his exposure to that level of acting profoundly improved his own abilities as an actor.
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Starring: Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Miller, Chris Bauer, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Mina Bern, Vincent Laresca, Karina Arroyave
Screenplay by: Joel Schumacher
Production Design by: Jan Roelfs
Cinematography by: Declan Quinn
Film Editing by: Mark Stevens
Costume Design by: Daniel Orlandi
Set Decoration by: Leslie Pope
Art Direction by: Sarah Knowles
Music by: Bruce Roberts
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language and strong violence.
Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release Date: November 26, 1999