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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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Beetroot McKinley
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Al Greco
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Granger
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Mitchell Traven
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Burt Klane
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Werner
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Bob Klane (as Thom McCleister)
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Morris Klane
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Peter Garfield
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Storyline

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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9 December 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Experiment  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$111,936,400 (USA)
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Trivia

Danny DeVito made pasta, espresso and sambuca for the actors. See more »

Goofs

When Julius is driving the Mustang for the first time and Vincent calls Julius on the cell phone to tell him to turn into the grocery store they are clearly on a busy boulevard. When Julius actually makes the turn, however, he is clearly turning off of a residential side street. See more »

Quotes

Julius Benedict: Thank you for the cookies. I look forward to tossing them.
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Referenced in Cloned: The Recreator Chronicles (2012) See more »

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THE TRAIN KEPT A-ROLLIN'
Performed by Jeff Beck, Tony Hymas and Peter Richardson
Written by Tiny Bradshaw, Lois Mann and Howie Kay
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entertaining despite two unconventional leads
26 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Odd, but entertaining comedy finds Scwarzenegger on a tropical island where he's lived and been educated his entire life without interaction from the outside world. He learns that he's the result of a sophisticated experiment and that he and reckless con man DeVito are in fact twin brothers who were separated at birth. They finally meet and are dumbfounded to learn how alike they are, despite their physical dissimilarities and their drastically different upbringing. Initial ingredients of this comedy seem far-fetched and desperately protracted, but the film is enthusiastically performed and laugh-out loud funny, with a good sense of family values. It goes without saying that DeVito and Schwarzenegger are an awkward casting choice, yet they connect and only add to the film's overall enjoyment. ***


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