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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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Did You Know?


Two real life twins were reunited with their father after seeing him in the scene set in downtown Santa Fe. See more »


In the washroom, the beer bottle in the background moves from different towel dispensers, depending on the shot. See more »


Julius Benedict: You have no respect for logic.
Vincent Benedict: But he's got an axe!
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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 »


Featured in I Love the 80's 3-D: 1988 (2005) See more »


Performed by Nayobe
Written by Andy 'Panda' Tripoli and Bobby Khozouri
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great turn from action films for Schwarzenegger
11 July 2001 | by (Verona , Ontario , Canada) – See all my reviews

What happens when you put two of the most popular actors with the opposite physical characteristics together in a hilarious Ivan Reitman comedy , the result is "Twins". starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito.

The film is about twins whose birth was involved with a science experiment . They are separated at birth due to a simple lie. But when Julius , the well structured twin is told that he actually has a brother , he leaves his tropical island ,and heads out to find his brother , Vincent. On the other hand ,Vincent , the short and defensless one is exactly opposite of Julius , he is a criminal , and car crook who is now involved with the Klane brothers , the three deadly mobsters. Well , they reunite , and later become good friends . With two beautiful girls and a secret that could get vincent rich , they set out to find their birth mother.

Also a great supporting cast with Kelly Preston and Chloe Webb as the girl twins who fall in love with Vincent and Julius and inbarge on their trip to find their mother. And Maury Chaykin , Tom McCleister , and Davin Efron as the deadly Klane brothers , besides Arnold and Danny , Maury Chaykin (the chubby Canadian with a familiar face) also gives the audience some amusement.

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