Zoolander (2001)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 29 mins

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Laden with laughs, this satirical comedy follows the adventures and exploits of Derek Zoolander, VH1's three time male model of the year, but when Hansel wins the award instead, Zoolander's world becomes upside down. His friends disappear, his father is disappointed in him, and he feels that he's not good as a model anymore. However, when evil fashion guru Mugatu hires Zoolander, he thinks his life has turned back round again, that is until he finds out that Mugatu has actually brainwashed him to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Can Zoolander and his new friends find out how to prevent the incident before it's too late?
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Cast: Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Owen Wilson

Crew: Ben Stiller (Director), Barry Peterson (Director of Photography), David Arnold (Music Director)

Genres: Comedy

Release Dates: 28 Sep 2001 (India)

Tagline: 3% Body Fat. 1% Brain Activity.

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Did you know? Bret Easton Ellis, author of the 1998 novel "Glamorama", about a dimwitted male model who finds himself embroiled in a terrorist ring with roots in the fashion industry, sued Ben Stiller following the release of this film, citing copyright infringement. The case was later settled out of court. Read More
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as Derek Zoolander
as Matilda Jeffries
as Hansel
Supporting Actor
as J.P. Prewitt
Supporting Actor
as Maury Ballstein
as Larry Zoolander
Supporting Actor
as Katinka
Supporting Actor
as Mugatu


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director


Executive Producer
Associate Producer


Story Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Still Photographer


Music Director
Music Editor


Sound Re-recording Mixer
Foley Artist
Sound Editor
Boom Operator


Production Designer
Art Director
Set Decorator
Prop Master
Storyboard Artist
Set Dresser


Casting Director
Casting Assistant

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer
Costume Assistant


Assistant Editor

Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator
Special Effects Technician


Stunt Director
Stunt Double

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Studio
Digital Compositor
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Panaflex
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
3% Body Fat. 1% Brain Activity.
Audio/Video Mismatch
When Hansel and Derek are in Maury's office trying to get the files in the computer, Derek says that they will be no better than the machine. When he says this, his mouth is closed.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Derek, Matlida and Hansel drink tea at the Hansel's place, Matilda reveals that she was fat kid in 7th grade. After that, Hansel moves his lips, but no sound is heard.

Audio/Video Mismatch
At the VH1 Fashion Awards, when Derek is walking up to get 'his' award, Hansel says, "Huh?" but his mouth doesn't move.

Character Error
When Derek finishes talking to Matilda on the Walkie Talkie in Maury's office he turned "left" to go back to helping Hansel look for the computer files. A large premise of the movie is that Zoolander is unable to turn "left".

Character Error
When Hansel is telling Derek about falling off a mountain he says "Hansel haven't you been smoking peyote for 6 straight days couldn't some of this be in your mind?". But the thing is you can't smoke peyote you can only ingest it.

Character Error
When in the office, Archie tells Matilda that he emailed her some "NexisLexis" searches on models who appeared in Mugatu campaigns; the archive is actually called "LexisNexis".

Character Error
When Derek is being hypnotized and Mugatu says India and a picture of India is shown, it is a picture of India before 1947, when Pakistan was a part of India.

When Mugatu is explaining to Derek why he wants him to campaign for him, Todd brings him a large coffee. Mugatu spits it out, with no foam mustache, and for a second a foam mustache appears. After Derek's surprised look, it disappears again.

When Zoolander is walking in the graveyard with the famous hand model, they pass the same tombstone twice.

Near the end of the movie Derek is in the dressing room wearing one kind of makeup, but when he's on the stage afterward it's a different kind.

When Derek is looking in the puddle after the male model of the year awards, he gets splashed by a passing vehicle and has mud on his face. In the next scene when Hansel is riding by on his scooter, Derek's face is clean, as if never being splashed by the mud.When Derek is forced to hide out at Hansel's place, Hansel's blue circular necklace jumps about between shots.

Almost at the end of the movie when Derek is about to leave Maury's office he hands his phone to Hansel for him to give it to Matilda. Hansel already has the phone in his hand and says "Ahh man!" but in the next take Derek gives him the phone again.

Errors in Geography
The shots of the rallies in Malaysia seem to show banners displaying Chinese text, while the Prime Minister's platform shows English and Arabic text. All of these are highly unlikely in the real Malaysia itself. The national and dominant political language of Malaysia is Malay, and is written in Romanized text due to Malaysia's past as a British colony.

Revealing Mistakes
When Derek is being interviewed before the Male Model of the Year Awards, the flashes of the photographers can be seen reflecting off the background/other people, yet when the camera *shows* the photographers with their cameras, the flashes of light do not come from the cameras themselves, but rather from above.

Factual Mistake
Even though they can be requested, orange mocha frappuccinos aren't on the Starbucks menu and aren't orange.
Owen Wilson says "Who you tryin' to get crazy with 'ese? Don't you know I'm loco?" These are the opening lines to the Cypress Hill song "Insane in the Brain".

The part of Mugatu was originally written for Andy Dick, who couldn't do it due to commitments to Go Fish (2001). Instead, Dick was cast in the smaller role of Olga the masseuse.

While trying to be farcical, the film is actually quite accurate regarding the modeling industry. Even the quick scene of the two sets of bunk beds at Derek's apartment is factual; Cindy Crawford and Jules Asner shared a similar bunkroom during the early days of their modeling careers.

When Derek and Hansel disguise themselves and sneak into Maury's office, Hansel's jumpsuit has a name tag on which is printed the name "Kumar". This refers to Kumar Pallana, who has appeared in all of Wes Anderson's films (Bottle Rocket (1996), Rushmore (1998), and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)).

When Derek first gets to Hansel's pad and Hansel asks Ennui to get him some of the special tea, there is a picture in the background of Hansel holding two tires - this is a copy of a famous Herb Ritts photo from 1984, "Fred with tyres".

The coal mining scenes were filmed at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, New Jersey. It was formerly a zinc mine. Despite what the film suggests, there are no coal mines in New Jersey.

Derek purportedly has six distinct looks, however a running gag in the film is that they all look exactly the same.

Trance artist BT was originally scoring the film in collaboration with Ben Stiller, but was replaced with composer David Arnold.

Katinka Ingabogovinanana (Milla Jovovich)'s car is a Citroën SM, modified for the American market.

In the break-dance fighting scene, if you look very closely, you can see Owen Wilson has a silver tooth on the right side of his mouth.

Vince Vaughn: as one of the brothers in the coal mine.

Ben Stiller: [Star Trek (1966)] Mugatu is named after Mugato from Star Trek: A Private Little War (1968).

Ben Stiller wrote the part of Hansel specifically for Owen Wilson and said that no one else was even considered for the role.

Derek's repetition of the line "But why male models?" for the second time in the cemetery scene was an ad-lib by the actors; Ben Stiller forgot his line and simply repeated the earlier line again, and David Duchovny ran with it and gave him a straight answer.

Ben Stiller wrote David Bowie's scene as judge of the walk-off into the script without knowing for sure whether he would agree to it.

Ben Stiller had several family members in this film: His wife Christine Taylor (Matilda), father Jerry Stiller (Maury Ballstein), mother Anne Meara (protestor who hits Mugatu with an egg), sister Amy Stiller (one of Hansel's friends in his loft), and brother-in-law Mitch Winston (Director of the infomercial).

Derek Zoolander's "Blue Steel" look evolved from Christine Taylor ribbing her husband Ben Stiller about the way he combs his hair in front of a mirror in real life.

Owen Wilson, who plays Hansel, wore a wig for the entire movie. He was filming Behind Enemy Lines (2001) at the same time, and had to keep his hair short for the role.

The film has been banned in Malaysia because of the use of fictional Malaysian Prime Minister as the subject of assassination. It was originally also banned in neighboring Singapore, but the ban has since been lifted.

Bret Easton Ellis, author of the 1998 novel "Glamorama", about a dimwitted male model who finds himself embroiled in a terrorist ring with roots in the fashion industry, sued Ben Stiller following the release of this film, citing copyright infringement. The case was later settled out of court.

Milla Jovovich based her performance on her own mother Galina Jovovich.

Images of the World Trade Center towers were removed before the movie's 28 September 2001 release. They were edited out in one shot and obscured in another.

The non-graphic orgy sequence was originally longer, but shortened to obtain a PG-13.
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Followed by: Zoolander 2 (English)