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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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Once there was a man whose prison was a chair. The man had a monkey, they made the strangest pair. The monkey ruled the man, it climbed inside his head. And now as fate would have it, one of them is dead. See more »


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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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Trivia

This is one of the few films in cinema history to feature a male monkey. 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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Spoofed in Malcolm in the Middle: Monkey (2002) See more »

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That's All
Written by Alan Brandt and Bob Haymes
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under license from Capitol Special Markets
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A nice little Romero film
14 March 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

This movie's not going to have a fan base larger than Night of the Living Dead or Dawn of the Dead, but it is another example of Romero's uniqueness as s film maker. An original story with an original cast, Romero adds to the horror genre by going somewhere where no other film maker has gone before. Monkey Shines cast includes Christine Forrest who shows her finest performance as the nurse. Worth checking out, so check it out.


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