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Monkey Shines (1988)

 -  Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  29 July 1988 (USA)
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A quadriplegic man has a trained monkey help him with his paralysis, until the little monkey begins to develop feelings, and rage, against its new master.

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When Allan becomes a quadriplegic he loses all hope for living until he meets Ella - a monkey trained to fetch and carry for him around the house, obeying him in all things. But Ella is part of another experiment, and when she starts responding to Allan's underlying rage and frustration she has the ability to carry our her master's darkest wishes. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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29 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,344,577 (USA)
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This was the first film role for Stephen Root, then a stage actor. According to Root, he had been instructed by his agent not to let the casting directors know that he was inexperienced with film as an actor. Root's official debut was Crocodile Dundee II (1988), which had been released in theaters a month before this film, despite being shot a month after it. See more »

Goofs

Ella urinates on Allan as a sign of mating, but it's actually the male capuchin who urinates on it's mate. This would suggest that Ella is in fact a male capuchin. See more »

Quotes

Dean Burbage: Our approaches are quite different. Unfortunately for you, I happen to be the head of the department.
Geoffrey Fisher: Why don't you fire me then?
Dean Burbage: I don't want to fire you Geoffrey. I just want you to produce.
Geoffrey Fisher: You can't fire me can you? You know that if anyone around here is going to strike gold, it's going to be me.
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The Glory of Love
Written by Billy Hill
Performed by Peggy Lee
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Under license from Capitol Special Markets
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Fun and original horror.
18 November 2002 | by (Washington, DC USA) – See all my reviews



This is not your run-of-the-mill slasher film. This is a well developed, well-paced suspense-type horror. If what you like it lots of blood and cheap scares punctuated by incidental music, then you should skip this film. If you like a horror involving a few good characters, and a really talented monkey, then take a look. The tension builds slowly. There are a lot of interesting characters, who are neither "good guys" nor "bad guys" (this includes the killer). The acting is not all that great, but the script is solid. That the monkey may be the best performer in the b=cast says more about the monkey than the human castmembers!


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