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Twins (1988)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  9 December 1988 (USA)
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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
Marshall Bell ...
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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Only their mother can tell them apart.




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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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1.85 : 1
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Ivan Reitman were all realistic and levelheaded about business and thought Twins (1988) might be a difficult sell. But when watching the dailies they knew the film was a hit after people laughed at six takes of a scene. See more »


When Julius drives the car on two wheels, you clearly see the ramp that the car drives up to enable the stunt. See more »


Vincent Benedict: Women love men who are mysterious and devious. It keeps them on their toes. It excites them. You know what I mean?
Julius Benedict: No.
Vincent Benedict: You do like women?
Julius Benedict: Oh, very much so. They're strange and sensitive. They have compassion. I have the highest respect for women.
Vincent Benedict: [turns around] You're a virgin!
Julius Benedict: That's private.
Vincent Benedict: [to himself] A 230-pound virgin.
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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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Schwarzenegger and De Vito (both!) steal the show in "Twins".
20 March 2002 | by (at the critic's desk) – See all my reviews

Arnold "is back" as "Julius"; the result of a secret genetic experiment to help create a better human being. He has lived a sheltered life on a distant tropical island and has no real practical experience with real life issues; especially with dangerous situations involving criminal activity. He has matured into a kind of naive innocent not unlike anyone you may have found in the proverbial "Garden of Eden". His desire to trace his roots leads him to the big city where he soon discovers he has a "twin" brother named "Vincent" (expertly played by Danny De Vito). Vincent was raised in an orphanage and subsequently has led a life of crime; he seems to favor car theft as his main source of income. These two soon meet and the antics from then on are nothing but hilarious. Arnold attaches himself to Danny like a puppy dog and is very determined to help and protect him. Together, they seek their birth mother as well as get into all sorts of amusing and sometimes potentially dangerous situations. But don't worry fans; with Ah-nold around what could possibly go wrong? Just remember to add this VERY funny movie to your collection of comedies on DVD and remember to pay (or avoid altogether) those parking tickets! Or get a bicycle! Or a scooter! Just don't forget the pop corn!

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