Brain Donors (1992)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  17 April 1992 (USA)
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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 ...
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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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In the tradition of Abbott and Costello, The Three Stooges, and the Reagan Administration. 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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Did You Know?


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 »


When Flakfizer and the guys are going to the hospital, as they leave the townhouse, Flakfizer is wearing a purple suit. As he exits the car at the hospital, his suit is black/gray, but as he walks into the hospital, the suit is purple again. This has been fixed on the DVD. See more »


[Wondering where Flakfizer has hidden his lover]
Lazlo: Ah! Your suite!
Roland T. Flakfizer: You're pretty terrific yourself.
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Spoofs A Night at the Opera (1935) See more »


by George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin
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Funny ? Oh yes !
6 November 2004 | by (DK) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time today on danish TV. Who has hidden this gem in all these years. Most recommendable, if you are a Marx Brothers fan, and who isn't ? The one-liners are great and the story is ridiculous. I love this film. When is it released on DVD ? I'll be the first in the queue to buy it. The film is full of wacky scenes, the acting is brilliant, especially Margaret Dumont, (sorry Nancy Marchand) but you almost can't tell it's not good old Margaret. John Turturro is far away from Barton Fink here, but most certainly very good. Bob Nelson does a Harpo Marx like no one else but Harpo. If you haven't seen this movie, do it and do it NOW !

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