Nuts (1987)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  11 December 1987 (USA)
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A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Levinsky
Rose Kirk
Arthur Kirk
Dr. Herbert A. Morrison
Francis MacMillan
Judge Stanley Murdoch
Allen Green
Clarence Middleton
1st Judge
Paul Benjamin ...
Harry Harrison
Warren Manzi ...
Saul Kreiglitz
Dr. Johnson
Dr. Arantes
Stacy Bergman ...
16 year-old Claudia


A high-class call girl kills a customer in self-defense. To avoid scandal, her parents try to have her declared mentally incompetent. Not helping matters is that she is very distrustful of everybody, including her court-appointed attorney, and is very disruptive during her court hearings. Written by Tony Berkoff <>

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Mad As In Angry. Or Just Plain... NUTS


Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

11 December 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nuts ... Durchgedreht  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)


$8,152,529 (USA)

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The film was made and released about eight years after its source play of the same name by Tom Topor had been first performed in 1979. See more »


Francis MacMillan: Did your husband leave you when you got pregnant?
Claudia Draper: No, I had an abortion.
Francis MacMillan: Why?
Claudia Draper: [long pause] I don't believe in childhood.
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Referenced in Queer Duck: The Movie (2006) See more »


Traditional Raga
Performed by Ravi Shankar
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Unintentional Camp
9 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Barbra Streisand as a call girl (a "high end" one of course) who has gone more than a little nutty. Leslie Nielsen as a crazed John who attacks Streisand while wearing some very tiny black bikini briefs. Richard Dreyfuss as Streisand's hyper public defender. Dialogue such as "I get four-hundred dollars for a straight lay, three-hundred for a hand job, and five-hundred for head. If you want to wear my panties, that's another hundred" and "Don't judge my blow jobs, they were sane." All makes for a rather unintentionally campy movie and this camp factor is only ratcheted up by the serious way the film was made.

Streisand, admittedly, is entertaining in the role, even if the constant muttering to herself gets a little old after 30 minutes and becomes a little too theatrical in a look at me "I'm acting" kind of way. Nuts was based on a play originally produced in the 1970s and this film version, directed by the great Martin Ritt, is unable to overcome its original theatrical limitations. The film is unendingly claustrophobic, for example. There is only one scene that takes place outdoors - the final one. Moreover, the premise is awfully limited and despite Streisand's star power and the over the top concept of a nutty hooker killing one of her clients this film at its core is just a standard TV courtroom drama.

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