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)

Rating: M (Australia), 12 (South Korea)

Genres: Comedy

Release Dates: 28 Sep 2001 (India)

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

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Did you know? Ben Stiller wrote the part of Hansel specifically for Owen Wilson and said that no one else would've been considered for the role. Read More
The movie never rises above the level of a clever TV skit
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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
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Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Panaflex
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
3% Body Fat. 1% Brain Activity.
Movie Connection(s):
Followed by: Zoolander 2 (English)
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 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 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.

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 film features cameo appearances by Donald and Melania Trump, Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Christian Slater, Tom Ford, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Steve Kmetko, Tommy Hilfiger, Natalie Portman, Anne Meara, Fabio Lanzoni, Lenny Kravitz and many other prominent celebrities.

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

Te 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.

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 Citroen 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.

Mugatu was 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 would've been considered for the role.

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.

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 and was filming 'Behind Enemy Lines' at the same time, and had to keep his hair short for the role.

The film was banned in Malaysia because of the use of fictional Malaysian Prime Minister as the subject of assassination.

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

The non-graphic orgy sequence was originally longer, but shortened to obtain a PG-13.