Drop Dead Gorgeous | 1999

Directed by: Michael Patrick Jann

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Main Plot

A small-town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.


  • Kirsten Dunst's character in Drop Dead Gorgeous plays a beauty pageant contestant caught in a fierce competition. Kirsten Dunst
  • Denise Richards plays a beauty pageant contestant who becomes a rival to the main character in the film. Denise Richards
  • Ellen Barkin's character plays the role of the pageant organizer and judge in the plot of Drop Dead Gorgeous. Ellen Barkin

Ending Explained

In the ending of "Drop Dead Gorgeous," the beauty pageant turns into chaos as the contestants' lives are threatened. Amber, the underdog contestant, wins the pageant but is poisoned by her jealous friend Becky, who dies in a freak accident. Amber survives and becomes a successful TV personality, while the town mourns the loss of several people. The film ends with a news report showing Amber's fame and the aftermath of the tragic events.

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Michael Patrick Jann Kirsten Dunst Denise Richards Ellen Barkin