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Brain Donors (1992)

PG | | Comedy | 17 April 1992 (USA)
Three manic idiots; a lawyer, cab driver and a handyman team up to run a ballet company to fulfill the will of a millionaire. Stooge-like antics result as the trio try to outwit the rich ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Nelson ...
George De La Pena ...
John Savident ...
Spike Alexander ...
Alan Grant
Lisa Le Baron (as Juli Donald)
Irene Olga López ...
Warren Thomas ...
Dick Monday ...
Katherine Heard ...
Michael Ciotti ...


Three manic idiots; a lawyer, cab driver and a handyman team up to run a ballet company to fulfill the will of a millionaire. Stooge-like antics result as the trio try to outwit the rich widow and her scheming big-shot lawyer, who also wants to run the ballet. Written by Rob Hartill

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Three bozos. One ballet company. Tutu many laughs! See more »




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Release Date:

17 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lame Ducks  »

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$918,239 (USA)

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In 1991, Paramount Pictures was preparing to release the film under the title "Lame Ducks" with a major ad campaign, playing up the fact that it was produced by David and Jerry Zucker who produced Airplane (1980) and The Naked Gun (1988), but when the brothers bailed on the project, the movie was shelved, the publicity campaign was scrapped and the title was changed to "Brain Donors". It was released in a few theaters to some positive reviews, but it really made it's money on home video where it has attracted a small cult following. See more »


At the first party, Jacques is seen juggling scarves and is suddenly behind Flakfizer and then back juggling again. See more »


Lillian Oglethorpe: Then it's settled. I am so excited.
Roland T. Flakfizer: You're excited? Feel these nipples.
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Remake of A Night at the Opera (1935) See more »


by Hugo Peretti, Albert Stanton, George David Weiss (as George Weiss), Luigi Creatore,
Solomon Linda & Paul Campbell
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One of the funniest, yet most under-rated comedies ever made
10 August 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This movie is funny, not ha ha funny, but stop breathing turn blue fall on the floor pass out funny.

Whether you find it funny at all will depend on one thing, do you think that a Marx Brothers style movie could be made now? If you don't think so or hate the Marxes then don't bother seeing it, you'll be wasting your time. However, if you like comedy that's both clever and stupid in the classic Marx sort of way, see this film.

The plot has Groucho, er...John Turturro playing a shyster lawyer who is trying to bilk a rich widow of her money by fronting for a ballet. Add to the madness Mel Smith in the Chico role and the incredibly under rated Bob Nelson in a role Harpo would have played if he talked. Its all madness, mis-representation and misdirection that ends up on stage in a ballet only an insane person could have come up with (its at this point breathing becomes optional).

See this movie.

Its simply one of the greatest screen comedies, even though almost no one has seen it.

10 out of 10.

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