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Splitting Heirs (1993)

 -  Comedy  -  30 April 1993 (USA)
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A member of the English upper class dies, leaving his estate and his business to an American, whom he thinks is his son who was lost as a baby and then found again. An Englishman who thinks... See full summary »

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Henry Bullock
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Duchess Lucinda
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Kitty (as Catherine Zeta Jones)
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Angela
Stratford Johns ...
Butler
Brenda Bruce ...
Mrs. Bullock
William Franklyn ...
Andrews
Charu Bala Chokshi ...
Mrs. Patel (as Charubala Chokshi)
Jeremy Clyde ...
14th Duke
Richard Huw ...
Brittle
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Jobson the Doorman
Bridget McConnell ...
Nanny
Bill Stewart ...
Adoption Agent
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A member of the English upper class dies, leaving his estate and his business to an American, whom he thinks is his son who was lost as a baby and then found again. An Englishman who thinks he is an Indian comes to believe that he is actually the heir. He comes to hate the American who is his boss, his friend, and the man who has stolen the woman after whom he lusts. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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A wickedly funny comedy of royal proportions.

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Rated PG-13 for nudity and sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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The final film of Stratford Johns. See more »

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During the Hindu dream sequence, one can see the appliance that holds/guides the arrow in Henry Bullock's ear. (Also, the arrow has no arrowhead on it as it "enters" the ear.) See more »

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Shadgrind: So many of you orphans. Unwanted children all over the place. People were sex-mad in the 60s, seemed to do it just for fun... Weird.
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and *introducing* John Cleese See more »

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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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THE WEDDING BLUES
Composed by Pete Martin
Performed by Pete Martin's Jazz Kings
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Got Lost In The Sixties
14 February 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Rick Moranis and Eric Idle star as a couple of men who as kids got lost in the Sixties. Lost in the sense of misplaced and for one of them that means a title.

Coincidences are more readily accepted in comedies like Splitting Heirs and what are the chances that one of them after being lost as a baby by a titled lord and his American wife at a Sixties type love-in would be found and assume his title. Of course there is another claimant who looks like his claim is just as valid and he's actually British. That's what happens with Moranis and Idle and in fact Idle works for the noble family's brokerage business.

In addition Idle has working for him a bottom feeding solicitor in fellow Monty Python alumnus John Cleese who is having a great old time with the part and stealing every scene he's in. Catherine Zeta-Jones is the girl both are pursuing and Barbara Hershey who was definitely a Sixties child plays somebody's mother.

A little bit of Kind Hearts And Coronets with a dash of The Canterville Ghost is thrown in as a whole bunch of unfortunate accidents keep happening. Someone is helping a well known family curse along and I won't say who.

Idle, Moranis, and Cleese keep the laughs churning in Splitting Heirs whose moral seems to be mothers keep track of your children.


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