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Monkey Shines -- Injected wth human brain cells, a superintelligent female monkey is enlisted to help a wheelchair-bound quadraplegic get on with his life.


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Writers (WGA):
Michael Stewart (novel)
George A. Romero (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 July 1988 (USA) See more »
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil... See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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not your typical horror flick See more (60 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jason Beghe ... Allan Mann

John Pankow ... Geoffrey Fisher

Kate McNeil ... Melanie Parker

Joyce Van Patten ... Dorothy Mann
Christine Forrest ... Maryanne Hodges

Stephen Root ... Dean Burbage

Stanley Tucci ... Dr. John Wiseman
Boo ... Ella

Janine Turner ... Linda Aikman
William Newman ... Doc Williams
Tudi Wiggins ... Esther Fry
Tom Quinn ... Charlie Cunningham
Chuck Baker ... Ambulance Driver

Patricia Tallman ... Party Guest
David Early ... Anesthetist
Michael Naft ... Young Allan
Tina Romero ... Child Playing
Mitchell Baseman ... Child Playing
Lia Savini ... Child Playing
Anthony Dileo Jr. ... Vandal (as Tim DiLeo)
Melanie Verlin ... Vandal
Dan Fallon ... Allan's Friend
Alice Shure ... Nurse
Leslie Dane Shapiro ... Nurse
Christina Galesi ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rik Billock ... Garbage Man (uncredited)
Kate English ... Scrub Nurse (uncredited)

Robert Hendren ... Orderly (uncredited)
Heidi Hinzman ... (uncredited)
Eric Morgan Stuart ... (uncredited)

Directed by
George A. Romero 
Writing credits
Michael Stewart (novel "Monkey Shines")

George A. Romero (screenplay)

Produced by
Charles Evans .... producer
Peter Grunwald .... executive producer
Peter R. McIntosh .... associate producer (as Peter McIntosh)
Gerald S. Paonessa .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Shire 
Cinematography by
James A. Contner (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Pasquale Buba 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
Production Design by
Cletus Anderson 
Art Direction by
James C. Feng  (as Jim Feng)
J. Mark Harrington 
Set Decoration by
Diana Stoughton 
Costume Design by
Barbara Anderson 
Makeup Department
Everett Burrell .... special makeup effects assistant
Jeannee Josefczyk .... hair artist (as Jeanee Josefczyk)
Jeannee Josefczyk .... makeup artist (as Jeanee Josefczyk)
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects assistant
Tom Savini .... special makeup effects
Mike Trcic .... special makeup effects assistant (as Michael Trcic)
Karyn Wagner .... hair assistant (as Karin Wagner)
Karyn Wagner .... makeup assistant (as Karin Wagner)
Production Management
Nicholas Mastandrea .... production supervisor
Todd Pinsky .... post-production supervisor
Chaim 'Hank' Sprei .... production manager (as Chaim Sprei)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Evans Jr. .... second assistant director
Nicholas Mastandrea .... assistant director (as Nick Mastandrea)
Grace Prinzi .... second assistant director
Art Department
Norman Beck .... carpenter
William H. Franko .... foreman
Marty Garrigan .... leadman
L. Paul Gratz .... property assistant (as Paul Gratz)
Frederika Gray .... scenic artist (as Fredericka Gray)
Michael Hissrich .... carpenter
Susan Hudak .... set dresser
Howard Jones .... head carpenter (as Howard L. Jones)
Gary Kosko .... property master
Celeste Parrendo .... scenic artist
Paula Payne .... scenic artist
Michael G. Richer .... carpenter (as Mike Richer)
Jim Schneider .... set dresser
Gary W. Self Jr. .... carpenter (as Gary W. Self)
Judy Stagg .... set dresser
Louis P. Taylor .... construction coordinator
Natalie Wilvers .... head scenic artist
Beth Zamborsky .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Ron Bartlett .... sound effects editor
Larry Blake .... sound effects editor
John J. Carr .... foley editor
Mick D'Andrea .... assistant sound effects editor
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer (as Carlos De Larios)
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer: Lion's Gate Studios
Carol Everson .... boom operator
Donald Flick .... supervising sound effects editor (as Donald S. Flick)
Michael J. Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer
George Simpson .... dialogue editor
John Sutton .... sound mixer
Christina Tucker .... adr mixer: Directors Sound (as Chris Tucker)
Elliott Koretz .... sound editor (uncredited)
David Williams .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects (as Steve Kirshoff)
Visual Effects by
Tony Venezia .... visual effects technical director
David M. Garber .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Rob Menapace .... motion control graphics (uncredited)
David Meeks .... stunts
Tom Savini .... stunts
Patricia Tallman .... stunts
Judy Zazula .... stunts
David John Adamson .... stunt player (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Abraham .... first assistant camera
Myles Aronowitz .... still photographer
Inspector Beal .... best boy electric
Steve Cohagan .... additional electric
Vincent Galindez .... second assistant camera (as Vinnie Galindez)
Joseph Grabowski .... electrician (as Jose Grabowski)
Phil Hedley .... generator operator
John Janusek .... best boy grip (as Beef Janusek)
Stan Keitt .... second assistant camera
Rango Kessler .... electrician
Gábor Kövér .... camera operator (as Gabor Kover)
Ed Letteri .... gaffer (as Teddy Jack Letteri)
John S. Moyer .... grip (as Buzz Moyer)
Pinky Rimmel .... key grip
John Roman .... camera trainee
Richard M. Sieg .... dolly grip (as Mr. French Sieg)
Robert E. Stanley .... first assistant camera
Nick Tallo .... grip (as Bomba Tallo)
Frank McGough .... grip (uncredited)
Frank A. Serrao .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joy Dickson .... casting assistant
Christine Forrest .... local casting (as Chris Romero)
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Patricia Tallman .... local casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathy Borland .... wardrobe assistant
Nancy A. Palmatier .... wardrobe supervisor (as Nancy Palmatier)
Editorial Department
John Stuart Bick .... assistant editor (as John Bick)
Ray Boniker .... assistant editor (as Raymond Boniker)
Music Department
William David Brohn .... orchestrator (as William D. Brohn)
Andrew Hermant .... music recording engineer (as Andy Hermant)
Brenda Hoffert .... musical supervisor
Paul Hoffert .... musical supervisor
Stephen Kujala .... musician: flute soloist
Erma E. Levin .... music editor: Noteworthy Inc.
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion soloist
Ric Jurgens .... score assistant engineer (uncredited)
Lori Slomka .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Anthony J. Yannone .... transportation captain (as Anthony Yannone)
Frank A. Serrao .... production driver (uncredited)
Other crew
David John Adamson .... production assistant (as David Adamson)
Paul Barlow .... craft service
David Bender .... unit publicist
Monica Bielawski .... production assistant
Sanford Blatt .... technical consultant
Janice Bourquin .... assistant production accountant
Mark Chamlin .... legal services: Loeb and Loeb (as Marc Chamlin)
Christine Forrest .... assistant: Mr. Romero (as Chris Romero)
Katherine Frietsch .... assistant: Mr. Grunwald and Mr. Paonessa
Robin Grey .... production accountant
Christine Handlin .... monkey trainer
Maria H. Hust .... assistant production office coordinator
Ingrid Johanson .... production coordinator
Alice Levee .... owner and trainer: "Boo"
Richard Lorenzana .... production accountant
Susan Lorenzana .... assistant production accountant
Steve Macionsky .... production assistant
David Meeks .... monkey trainer
David Meyers .... production assistant
High Millstein .... production assistant
Nancy Musser .... script supervisor
Phill Norman .... title designer: main titles
Chris Noyes .... production assistant
Alison Pascoe .... monkey trainer
Donna Schrager .... location scout
Marge Sperling .... production assistant (as Margie Sperling)
Marge Sperling .... production assistant
Marge Sperling .... set production assistant
Lee Steiner .... legal services: Loeb and Loeb
George Walden .... insurance supplier: Albert G. Ruben & Co.
Frank Welker .... special animal voices
John 'Flash' Williams .... location coordinator (as John Williams)
Judy Zazula .... monkey trainer
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... dailies coordinator (uncredited)
George Cameron Romero .... production assistant (uncredited)
Alice Shure .... special thanks
M.J. Willard .... special thanks
Jean Williams .... special thanks (as Dr. Jean Williams)
Karen Wunch .... special thanks
Judy Zazula .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear" - USA (promotional title)
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113 min | West Germany:105 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2012) | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (cable rating) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

One of the very few films depicting a quadriplegic having sex.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Geoffrey Fisher:[dazed] Sorry. She got me.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Cinema Snob Movie (2012) (V)See more »
Ain't We Got FunSee more »


Do disabled people in real life ever use monkeys for help around the house?
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
not your typical horror flick, 19 September 2003
Author: Sleel from Tokyo, Japan

If you're looking for body count, blood, or bogeymen, this film is not for you. It is more of a psychological thriller than a horror film, though it was billed as horror, likely because of the pseudo-science gimmick that provides the basis for the conflict in the plot.

While the film tends to wander a bit (i.e. a sub-plot involving the research head that gets dropped 3/4 of the way through) it stays fairly well focused on the main character and his problems. Aside from the lead, the most effective acting was done by the monkey(s), but the "real" actors do a pretty good job of carrying their own. It gives you a little insight into what it's like to be quadriplegic. For a late 80's movie, the style of filming was well done, there is very little cheese, and the special effects didn't overreach.

The premise seems a bit farfetched to our currently more sophisticated and informed sense of what's possible on the genetic engineering front. After all, this movie was made 15 years ago. If Romero had gone with either a supernatural cause or a plain animal jealousy angle, it might be less dated, but then again it might have been a little less believable to begin with.

Not very horrific, not startling or scary, but worth seeing if you don't mind a slightly slow-paced thriller. I gave it a higher than average score (6 out of 10) just because it didn't make me say "oh, please!" too many times unlike other movies from that time--particularly horror films--are prone to do. For example, the pivotal moment is fully supported by plausible input earlier in the film, it's not one of those miraculous developments pulled out of nowhere in the last few seconds before the climax.

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