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Twins -- Superstars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito team up for twice the laughs in this hilarious box-office blockbuster from director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters).  An ambitious genetic experiment takes the wrong turn when two twins - who look nothing alike - are born and then separated.  Years later, the unlikely siblings meet: Julius, a highly educated but sheltered giant with a big heart, and Vincent, a pint-sized hustler with an insatiable lust for women and money. With girlfriends in tow and a hitman on their tail, the newfound brothers set off on a wild, cross-country misadventure to find their mother - but end up finding out more about themselves.
Twins -- A physically perfect, but innocent, man goes in search of his twin brother, who is a short small-time crook.


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Writers (WGA):
William Davies (written by) &
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Release Date:
9 December 1988 (USA) See more »
Only their mother can tell them apart.
A physically perfect but innocent man goes in search of his long-lost twin brother, who is a short small-time crook. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Schwarzenegger and De Vito (both!) steal the show in "Twins". See more (73 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Julius Benedict

Danny DeVito ... Vincent Benedict

Kelly Preston ... Marnie Mason

Chloe Webb ... Linda Mason

Bonnie Bartlett ... Old Mary Ann Benedict

Trey Wilson ... Beetroot McKinley
Marshall Bell ... Webster

David Caruso ... Al Greco

Hugh O'Brian ... Granger

Nehemiah Persoff ... Mitchell Traven

Maury Chaykin ... Burt Klane

Tony Jay ... Werner

Tom McCleister ... Bob Klane (as Thom McCleister)
David Efron ... Morris Klane
Peter Dvorsky ... Peter Garfield

Robert Harper ... Gilbert Larsen

Rosemary Dunsmore ... Miss Busby
Lora Milligan ... Stewardess
Richard deFaut ... Custodian

Richard Portnow ... Chop Shop Owner

S.A. Griffin ... Hollywood Biker #1
Billy D. Lucas ... Hollywood Biker #2
Lew Hopson ... Cop

Frances Bay ... Mother Superior
Marvin J. McIntyre ... McKinley's Man

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Oriental Man

Wayne Grace ... Cell Guard
Thomas Wagner ... Visiting Room Guard

Jay Arlen Jones ... Mover #1

Ty Granderson Jones ... Mover #2 (as Tyrone Granderson Jones)
Elizabeth Kaitan ... Secretary
Tom Platz ... Granger Son #1
Roger Callard ... Granger Son #2

Jason Reitman ... Granger Grandson

Catherine Reitman ... Granger Granddaughter

Dendrie Taylor ... Female Neighbor

Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Sam Klane
Gus Rethwisch ... Dave Klane
Linda Porter ... Painter

Bruce McBroom ... Handsome Father

Joe Medjuck ... Photographer (as Joseph Medjuck)
Frank Davis ... Security Guard
John Michael Bolger ... Security Guard (as John Bolger)

Steve Reevis ... Indian

Jeff Beck ... Lead Guitarist
Terry Bozzio ... Drums
Tony Hymas ... Keyboards
Nicolette Larson ... Singer
Jill Avery ... Bass Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dustin Amy ... Picture Taker #2 (uncredited)

Heather Graham ... Young Mary Ann Benedict (uncredited)
Raymond Storti ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Ivan Reitman 
Writing credits
William Davies (written by) &
William Osborne (written by) and
Timothy Harris (written by) &
Herschel Weingrod (written by)

Produced by
Michael C. Gross .... executive producer
Sheldon Kahn .... associate producer
Joe Medjuck .... executive producer
Ivan Reitman .... producer
Gordon A. Webb .... associate producer (as Gordon Webb)
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Randy Edelman 
Cinematography by
Andrzej Bartkowiak 
Film Editing by
Donn Cambern 
Sheldon Kahn 
Casting by
Michael Chinich 
Production Design by
James D. Bissell 
Art Direction by
Christopher Burian-Mohr 
Set Decoration by
John T. Walker 
Costume Design by
Gloria Gresham 
Makeup Department
Joanna Balkin .... body makeup
Judith A. Cory .... hair stylist
Jeff Dawn .... makeup department head
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist
Katherine Kotorakos .... makeup artist
Robert Ostermann .... hair stylist
Peggy Semtob .... hair stylist
Peter Tothpal .... hair stylist
Production Management
Gordon A. Webb .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Giuliano .... first assistant director
Ira S. Rosenstein .... second second assistant director
Barry K. Thomas .... second assistant director
Linnea Ebba Wicklund .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Craig B. Ayers Sr. .... greensman
Steven Lee Baer .... set dresser
Ernest Depew .... construction coordinator
Bill Fariello .... lead man
Bryan D. Garofalo .... set dresser
Bill MacSems .... property master
Gordon Meloeny .... set dresser
Tom Miller .... assistant property master
Hope M. Parrish .... assistant property master
Nancy Patton .... set designer
Mike Reiber .... paint decorator
Robert G. Santarella .... set dresser
William James Teegarden .... set designer
Ed Verreaux .... set designer
Stuart Watnick .... assistant property master
Christopher Windisch .... construction foreman
Bob Camp .... shirt and sign art (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Tom Buffum .... special sound effects
Gene S. Cantamessa .... sound mixer
Steve Cantamessa .... boom operator
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Friedman .... supervising adr editor
Joe Gilbert .... adr editor
Mark Gordon .... sound effects editor
William Hartman .... sound effects editor
David M. Ice .... sound effects editor
Mark Jennings .... cable person
Fred Judkins .... supervising sound editor
Tom McCarthy Jr. .... supervising sound editor
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Rosen .... sound effects editor
Edward Rossi .... sound effects editor (as Ed Rossi)
Mary Ruth Smith .... sound effects editor
Don S. Walden .... sound effects editor
David Williams .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Donald Elliott .... assistant special effects (as Donald R. Elliott)
Michael Lantieri .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Wayne Baker .... assistant camera: boss film plates (uncredited)
Amber Alexander .... stunts
Bobby Bass .... stunts
Steve Boyum .... stunts
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (as Jophery Clifford Brown)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts
Buzz Bundy .... stunts
Vince Deadrick Jr. .... stunts (as Vincent Paul Deadrick Jr.)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts
Richard Drown .... stunts
Stephanie Epper .... stunts
Debbie Evans .... stunt driver
Debbie Evans .... stunts
Donna Garrett .... stunts
Sandra Lee Gimpel .... stunts
Marguerite Happy .... stunts
Roy E. Harrison .... stunts (as Roy Harrison)
Joel Kramer .... stunt coordinator
Steven Lambert .... stunts (as Steven Hal Lambert)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
A. Michael Lerner .... stunts (as Allen Michael Lerner)
David Perna .... stunts (as David L. Perna)
Walter Robles .... stunts
R.A. Rondell .... stunts
Frank James Sparks .... stunts (as Frank J. Sparks)
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts
Erik Cord .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Drown .... stunt double: Mr. DeVito (uncredited)
Peter Kent .... stunt double: Arnold Schwarzenegger (uncredited)
Joel Kramer .... stunt double: Arnold Schwarzenegger (uncredited)
Joel Kramer .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick A. Benedetto .... electrician (as Richard Benedetto)
Dustin Blauvelt .... camera operator
Joseph Cosko Jr. .... second assistant camera
R. Michael De Chellis .... rigging gaffer
Robert Edesa .... camera operator
Brad Edmiston .... Steadicam assistant
William E. Fitch .... grip
Mikael Glattes .... second assistant camera
Cary Griffith .... key grip
Khan Griffith .... grip
Roy Heath .... grip (1988)
Michael J. Jacobs .... special still photographer
William Kenney .... dolly grip
Kris Krosskove .... first assistant camera
Jim Marquette .... assistant camera
Curt Marthey .... electrician
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer
Toby Phillips .... Steadicam operator
Alex Rodriguez .... rigging electrician
Phillip R. Sarabia .... grip
Hank Sheppherd .... second company grip
Bing Sokolsky .... first assistant camera
Chris Strong .... gaffer
Alex Touyarot .... first assistant camera
Rodney Veto .... grip
Randy Woodside .... best boy
Rick Fee .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Jacobsen .... pre-rigging electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sally Jackson .... extras casting
Dorothy O'Leary .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oda Groeschel .... costumer: women
Adrienne Manhan .... costumer
G. Tony Scarano .... costumer: men
Editorial Department
Debra Bard .... assistant editor
Jeffrey James Bell .... assistant editor (as Jeffrey Bell)
Debra Kahn Tolchinsky .... apprentice editor
Saul Saladow .... assistant editor
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music supervisor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Mike Deasy .... musician
George Doering .... musician
Frank Fitzpatrick .... supervising music editor
John Richard .... recorded & mixed Delerue score
Bruce Robb .... music engineer: score
Bruce Robb .... music mixer: score
Bruce Robb .... recorded & mix Edelman score
Dee Robb .... music engineer
Ted Stein .... music recording engineer
Diane DeLouise Wessel .... assistant music supervisor
Bruce Robb .... music recorder: score (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gregory Dultz .... driver
John Feinblatt .... transportation captain
Shane Greedy .... production van driver
David Walden Sr. .... driver
James 'JR' Pollard .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Ellen Adolph .... production accountant
Carla Baron .... stand-in: Kelly Preston
Paul A. Calabria .... animal trainer (as Paul Calabria)
Pamela Cederquist .... production coordinator
Rhonda Columb .... assistant: Mr. Schwarzenegger
Celeste Cooley .... assistant: Mr. Reitman
Celli Crawford .... production assistant
Frank Davis .... production assistant
Pamela Easley .... production coordinator
Stuart Fink .... publicist
Kathi Freeman .... assistant: Mr. Medjuck and Mr. Gross
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
Celeste Gose .... production assistant
Bárbara Hernández .... assistant production accountant
Kris Krengel .... production assistant
Lynn Marks .... assistant: Mr. Schwarzenegger
George McDowell Agnew .... location liaison
Karin McElhatton .... animal trainer (as Karin Dew)
J. Marina Muhlfriedel .... assistant: Mr. Devito
Paul Rahmes .... personal assistant to director
Penny Ress .... marketing consultant
Paula Tracy Smuin .... choreographer
Dawn Soler .... project manager (as Dawn Solér)
Charles A. Tamburro .... aerial coordinator: second unit (as Chuck Tamburro)
Charles A. Tamburro .... pilot
Mike Wacker .... assistant: Mr. Schwarzenegger
Donn Warr Lewis .... intern
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive

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107 min
Color (DeLuxe)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Régie du Cinéma Québec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Iceland:L | Norway:11 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) (DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (video rating) | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | USA:PG | USA:PG (Certificate #29482) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Arnold Schwarzenegger had a lot of fun working on the film. The sequence Schwarzenegger had the most fun filming was when his characters drives Vincent's (DeVito) cars into the supermarket car park on two wheels, which in the close-up shots of Schwarzenegger, his reaction and the looks on his face was genuine and for real.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Julius asks to come with his brother on his trip to Houston, Julius says that where he wants to go is on the way to Houston. After Julius says this, in the shot from behind him, his lips are still moving. He is saying "on the way to Houston" again.See more »
Mitchell Traven:Well, Vincent. You turned out just like I thought you would. What'd you do, escape from prison?
Vincent Benedict:How'd you know my name?
Mitchell Traven:I named you.
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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Schwarzenegger and De Vito (both!) steal the show in "Twins"., 20 March 2002
Author: brian james from at the critic's desk

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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