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The Man with Two Brains (1983)

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Steve Martin comedy about brain transplantation.


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Recently widowed Doctor Michael Hfuhruhurr, the world's greatest neurosurgeon, injures Dolores Benedict in a car accident. He operates on her and saves her life using a technique of his own invention: cranial screw-top brain entry. As Benedict recovers, Hfuhruhurr falls in love with her and they are soon married. However, Benedict is only interested in Hfuhruhurr's money and Hfuhruhurr still yearns for his previous wife. They travel to Vienna to attend a medical conference where Hfuhruhurr finally divorces Dolores, meets a mysterious Doctor Alfred Necessiter and becomes entangled in a series of murders committed by The Elevator Killer. Written by Bruce Janson <>

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DANGER: HEALTH WARNING: Watching This Movie May Cause Severe Brain Damage See more »


Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

3 June 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El doctor erótico  »

Box Office


$10,100,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Second of two back-to-back genre spoofs for both actor Steve Martin and director Carl Reiner. This picture parodied science fiction and horror films whilst their immediate previous picture, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982), spoofed film noir and detective movies mostly from the 1940s. Both pictures had longish titles which were both five words long. See more »


The Mercedes driven by Dr. Hfuhruhurr is an American model which is revealed by the type of its headlights. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: [in surgery] Check the art line. You're hyperventilating the patient.
Anaestheseologist: No doctor.
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: Ready the bone wax. Metzenbaum scissors.
Surgery Nurse: Metzenbaum scissors.
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: [meowing] Get that cat out of here.
Anaestheseologist: Yes sir.
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: Ready to close. Remove the Wietlander Retractor.
Surgery Nurse: Pre-closure doctor.
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: Remove the rating clip, for God's sake!
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At the end is shown: Merv Griffin did not turn himself in and is at large. If you have any information as to his whereabouts, call your local theatre manager See more »


Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Especial Navidad (2010) See more »

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One of the most underrated comedies of all time
19 December 2001 | by (Dunstable, England) – See all my reviews

An extremely funny movie, it deserves to be up there with Airplane! and The Naked Gun in the best 'stupid-funny' films of all time.

Steve Martin excels as the surgeon who falls in love with a dis-membered brain, and Kathleen Turner is perfect for the heartless gold-digger wife role she is given.

I am amazed at how many people have never heard of this film, let alone seen it. Go watch it now - I guarantee you'll be quoting it for months.

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