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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


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Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Only their mother can tell them apart.


Comedy | Crime


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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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Did You Know?


Heather Graham had an uncredited cameo as young Mary Ann Benedict. See more »


The twins were told that their mother was at an artists' colony 200 miles north of Santa Fe. That would have put them in downtown Alamosa, Colo. (36 miles too far north to be in New Mexico). See more »


[Vince hides as Burt comes into the restaurant]
Linda Mason: Hi!
Burt Klane: Hi.
Linda Mason: Can I help you?
Burt Klane: Uh, yeah... where's the little shit?
Linda Mason: Uh, you'll have to be more specific.
Burt Klane: Benedict.
Linda Mason: Oh, he wouldn't come in here! Isn't that right, Marnie?
Marnie Mason: Who, Vincent?
[wipes down a table, dumping scraps on Vincent's head]
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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 Entourage: An Offer Refused (2005) See more »


Performed by Jeff Beck, Terry Bozzio, Tony Hymas and Peter Richardson
Written by Little Freddie King and Sonny Thompson
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Jolly good fun.
14 October 1998 | by (Jena) – See all my reviews

Funny film and convincing acting from both De Vito and Schwarzenegger. The story itself seems a bit far-fetched although this is compensated by lots of hilarious moments and situations. The fun comes mainly from De Vito, he's at his best here. And if you don't like Schwarzenegger's action films - try this comedy! You'll sort of like him!

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