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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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President of the U.S.
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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 ...
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Lum Fung
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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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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 »

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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

Lonesome No More
Lyrics by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (as Kurt Vonnegut)
Music by Michel Legrand
Sung by Madeline Kahn
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Pretty good
21 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I don't have much to say here except that I don't understand this movie's ultra-low rating. It's much better than that. It's a decent sci-fi comedy with lots of funny things and plenty of laughs. The whole deal with the Chinese as the smartest people in the world is a hoot.

I'm sure the original Vonnegut novel (which I haven't read, but would like to) is better, but as it is, the movie isn't bad. Granted, a lot more could have been done with the concept, and they never really did get around to solving "the gravity problem", but I still enjoyed the movie a great deal. It was a bit long-winded in places, and it may not be an immortal classic, but for fans of sci-fi comedy, it's definitely worth watching.

7 out of 10.


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