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A physically perfect but innocent man goes in search of his long-lost twin brother, who is a short small-time crook.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beetroot McKinley
Al Greco
Mitchell Traven
Burt Klane
Bob Klane (as Thom McCleister)
David Efron ...
Morris Klane
Peter Dvorsky ...
Peter Garfield


Julius and Vincent Benedict are the results of an experiment that would allow for the perfect child. Julius was planned and grows to athletic proportions. Vincent is an accident and is somewhat smaller in stature. Vincent is placed in an orphanage while Julius is taken to a South Seas island and raised by philosophers. Vincent becomes the ultimate lowlife and is about to be killed by loan sharks when Julius discovers that he has a brother and begins looking for him. Written by John Vogel <>

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Only their mother can tell them apart.


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

9 December 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Experiment  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)


$111,936,400 (USA)

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In the scene when Julius and Vincent are walking down the street in matching suits, Vincent calls Julius "Mr. Ice" in reference to how cool he looks. Arnold Schwarzenegger later played Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin. See more »


5 million dollars in hundred dollar bills weighs 110 pounds. Unlikely Vincent could carry the suitcase with one hand so easily. See more »


Julius Benedict: Why are you being so immature about all this?
Vincent Benedict: Look, Julius. Do you know how many times I've heard stories like this? It's every orphan's fantasy. My real mom and dad were rich, and beautiful. But... there was a mix-up at the hospital. And I got switched with another baby. But one day, there's gonna be a knock at the door. And there they'll be, with open arms, crying, "My darling. My treasure. We didn't know. How can we make it up to you?" Let me tell you something for your own good Julius. It a...
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Crazy Credits

The Title "Twins" appears with two "i" (one of them is smaller than the other one) referring to the appearance of the two main characters. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Indestructible Man (1992) See more »


Performed by Jeff Beck, Terry Bozzio, Tony Hymas and Peter Richardson
Written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg and Al Jackson Jr.
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Arnold's best comedy
8 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

The mismatched duo of Schwarzenegger and DeVito work to perfection in this hilarious comedy. Arnold is great as Julius, the one who always looks at the bright side, and DeVito is fantastic as Vincent, the greedy, dull, and depressed one. Marshall Bell is also a formidable bad guy. Sit back and enjoy. 3/4

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