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Slapstick of Another Kind (1982)

Slapstick (Of Another Kind) (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | 1982 (France)
A rich, beautiful couple give birth to deformed alien twins who, when their heads are together, are the smartest kids on the planet.

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Wilbur Swain / Caleb Swain
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Eliza Swain / Lutetia Swain
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Sylvester
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President of the U.S.
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Colonel Sharp
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Anchorman
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Ah Fong, the Chinese Ambassador
Virginia Graham ...
Gossip Specialist
Ben Frank ...
Quentin, the Handyman
Cheire Harris ...
Maria, the Maid (as Cherie Harris)
Robert Hackman ...
Study Hall Supervisor
Eugene Choy ...
Lum Fung
Ken Johnson ...
Horace
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Chinese Astronaut
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Caleb Swain and his wife Lutetia are a rich couple deemed to be the most beautiful of all the beautiful people by the press. This changes when Lutetia gives birth to oversize, deformed twins named Wilbur and Eliza. Unknown to them, the twins are really an alien brother-and-sister team implanted in Lutetia to solve the world's problems. When they are apart they are not much smarter than a potted plant, but together they are an intellectual force to be reckoned with. Their closeness is put to the test when a series of events threatens to keep the twins apart. Mixed in with all this is a miniaturized Chinese ambassador who needs the twins' help to make a deal for the sale of gravity. Written by Kyle Palkowski.

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Extra-terrestrials have never been this spaced-out before [DVD]

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Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

The original 1982 cut of the movie featured a score by Michel Legrand. When the movie was re-edited and subsequently re-released in 1984, it was replaced with a more science-fiction-laced score by Morton Stevens (of Hawaii Five-O (1968) fame). A soundtrack LP was released containing on one side the score by Stevens and on the other side highlights of the score by Legrand. See more »

Goofs

The boom mic is visible in the scene where the staff at the mansion is attempting to cheer up Eliza after Wilbur is taken to military school (on full frame 1.33:1 prints; the prints cropped to 1.85.1 mask the boom out). See more »

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Referenced in Morons from Outer Space (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Puttin' Our Heads Together
Music and Lyrics by Randy Bishop
Performed by Randy Bishop and Bonnie Paul
Produced by Spencer Proffer for Pasha
Music Engineered by Duane Baron
Coordinated by John Lombardo
Published by The Grand Pasha Publisher and S. Paul Music Company
Available on Pasha/CBS Records
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18 October 2001 | by (Omaha, NE) – See all my reviews

Recently I've been re-reading the Vonnegut catalog. All the books brilliant in their own way. I picked up Slapstick and started reading it again when everything clicked. The horrible movie I saw on cable as a kid was based on this book. I never connected the two because of how the movie takes the book, shreds it, puts a hollywood sheen on it, dripped slime on it, then pooted it out unto the world. Horrifying. I have very vivid memories of my mother watching this film and commenting on how horribly sad it was. I responded that the book was sad. She then responded that the book was good. No fault lies with the cast. It's just another example of the old connundrum, Vonnegut books don't translate well to film.


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