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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) &
William Osborne (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 »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 4 wins See more »
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  (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)
Tomas Moore ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Nicholas A. Shake ... Child (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:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Régie du Cinéma Québec) | 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

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Ivan Reitman sat in on test screenings to know what to change.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Shortly after Julius arrives in Los Angeles, he tells a biker that he is from an island in the South Pacific "300 miles SSW of Fiji". In a later scene when he meets Marnie at the supermarket, he tells her that the island he is from is "300 nautical miles SSW of Fiji". A [standard] mile and a nautical mile are different measurements. A nautical mile is about 1.15 standard miles, which would make 300 nautical miles equaled to 350 standard miles.See more »
Julius Benedict:Axe, axe, axe, axe, axe!
Morris Klane:[swings the axe at Julius]
Julius Benedict:You have no respect for logic.
Vincent Benedict:But he's got an axe!
Morris Klane:[Klane charges Julius, who sidesteps his blow. The axe is imbedded in the wall. As Julius grabs him]
Julius Benedict:And I have no respect for those who have no respect for logic.
[picks Klane up with both hands and lifts him a foot up in the air]
Julius Benedict:You're a very stupid person.
[throws him into an open elevator]
Vincent Benedict:[to Klane as the elevator is about to close] You tell your brother, he messes with ME, he messes with my whole family!
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
entertaining despite two unconventional leads, 26 April 2002
Author: Special-K88

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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