So I Married an Axe Murderer

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A San Francisco poet who fears commitment has a girlfriend who he suspects may not be who she appears.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 6.2/10 (18,224 voted)

Director: Thomas Schlamme

Stars: Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, Anthony LaPaglia

Charlie, a poet, hasn't had much luck with women, but then he meets Harriet, the girl of his dreams.. or is it his nightmares. Charlie begins to suspect that Harriet is Ms X, a woman who marries then kills her husbands.

Mike Myers - Charlie Mackenzie / Stuart Mackenzie
Nancy Travis - Harriet Michaels
Anthony LaPaglia - Tony Giardino
Amanda Plummer - Rose Michaels
Brenda Fricker - May Mackenzie
Matt Doherty - Heed (Willie Mackenzie)
Charles Grodin - Commandeered Driver
Phil Hartman - Ranger John 'Vicky' Johnson - Alcatraz Guide
Debi Mazar - Susan, Tony's Girlfriend
Steven Wright - Pilot
Patrick Bristow - Cafe Roads Performer
Cintra Wilson - Cafe Roads M.C.
Al Nalbandian - Butchershop Customer
George F. Mauricio - Butchershop Customer (as George Mauricio)
Kiki Douveas - Butchershop Customer

Taglines: The Honeymoon Was Killer

Release Date: 30 July 1993

Filming Locations: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, California, USA

Gross: $11,585,483 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The maroon Volkswagen Kharman Ghia convertible driven by Mike Myers is the same vehicle driven by Robert Redford in Sneakers, parts of which were also filmed in San Francisco the previous year.

Continuity: The first customer in the butcher shop is shown being handed her purchased material, then leaving the shop. In the montage that follows this scene, she is again shown when Charlie says "Mom, help! It was an accident in shop."

[first lines]
Charlie Mackenzie: Excuse me, miss? There seems to be a mistake. I believe I ordered the *large* cappuccino. *Hello!* Look at the size of this thing.
Tony Giardino: It's practically a bowl.
Charlie Mackenzie: It's like Campbell's Cup-O'-ccino!
Charlie Mackenzie: [laughing at his Campbell's joke and wiping his tears] Oh, My sides. Please. Aidez-moi.

User Review

Mike Myers' best film

Rating: 9/10

So, I married an Axe murderer is not the sort of Mike Myers comedy that people have become used to over the years. Myers will, undoubtedly, be most remembered most for his Austin Powers series, but this is a film that certainly should not be forgotten; Myers was never funnier than he is in this movie.

The plot centres around Charlie Mackenzie (Myers), a man who can never have a girlfriend without finding a flaw with her which always leads him to end the relationship. That is until he meets Harriet Michaels. She seems perfect, but the flaw that Charlie finds with this woman, may cost him his neck...

What follows is a tour-de-force of comedy. It is true that a few of the jokes don't really work, but the ones that do REALLY work, and it 's easy to forgive the movie for the ones that don't. In fact, I haven't seen this movie in over a year, but I'm laughing as I type this. This movie features some positively brilliant moments, from Myers' poetry sessions ("Woman! Woah-man, wooaaaaaahhhhh-man"), to the very Scottish father, played to perfection by Myers who has a duel role("Head! Move! Now!") to Charlie's police man friend, who is definitely the man with the most comedy; his conversations with Charlie regarding the song "Only You", the moments with his police chief (a memorable performance by Alan Arkin) and most notably, the parts with the commandeered driver ("No, it's one of my favourite things") are positively hilarious. The entire cast of this movie delivers their lines with a great comic timing; a lot of the quotes I mentioned aren't funny out of the context of the film, but due to the way they are delivered and the context of the movie, the dialogue is side splitting.

There isn't a lot of plot or heart to chew on with this movie, which accounts for the lot of the reason that this is a short review; but when a film is this funny, who cares what it's about? In the face of Myers' more commercially successful movies, such as Wayne's World, Austin Powers and Shrek; So, I Married an Axe Murderer isn't going to win a lot of fans as it's not as outgoing as the other three and a lot of the humour is very wry. However, this is Myers finest hour and this little comedy gem should definitely not be forgotten.


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