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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  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$111,936,400 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Catherine Reitman (the director's daughter) has a cameo in this film, she would later go on to play the recurring character Maureen Ponderosa on the show It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Stars Danny DeVito. See more »


The two extras in the background, in the street after Julius beats up Vincent's creditor are, throughout the scene, staring directly at the camera. See more »


Vincent Benedict: [points to a device in the lab] This must, uh, be where you made the milkshake.
Mitchell Traven: We weren't making milkshakes. We were making the most fully developed human the world has ever seen.
Vincent Benedict: But instead of just one perfect kid, Mom had the two of us.
Vincent Benedict: Way to go, Mom.
Mitchell Traven: Wrong. The embryo did split in two, but it didn't split equally. All the purity and strength went into Julius. All the crap that was left over went into what you see in the mirror every morning.
Vincent Benedict: Wow, wow, wow, you're telling me that ...
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Performed and Written by Bobby McFerrin & Herbie Hancock
Courtesy of Capitol Records Inc., Special Markets Inc. and CBS Records
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A fun little and big comedy!
17 October 2006 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Now, I was only 3 when this movie was released, so obviously I couldn't see it in the theater, it never really got brought up in my house, I don't even know anyone who has seen this movie. But I watched I love the 80's one time and they brought up this movie and it looked pretty funny. It had some really nice comedic moments with both Arnold and Danny, they were both so naturally funny and clicked so well together, you'd almost believe they were related, they were so in sync.

It's about Arnold and Danny being separated at birth, it was meant for only Arnold to be born and just turn into the perfect human being, he pretty much is, he's kind, sensitive, funny, and disciplined. But there was a side effect and all the badness was born into Danny, Arnold learns he has a brother and flies to New York to see him. Arnold is more obvious as the one who wants a family while Danny is just trying to get his way out of debt with the Mafia.

Twins is a fun little comedy that I think anyone could enjoy. Although, it's not my favorite comedy with either Danny or Arnold, they still had so much fun that you couldn't resist this film. Especially how Arnold sings "That good ol' rock -n- roll", just hilarious!


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