Spanking the Monkey (1994)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  15 July 1994 (USA)
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Raymond Aibelli is a promising medical student ready to begin a prestigious summer internship. But Susan, his mother, is immobilized by a broken leg, and his father Tom, a travelling ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Aibelli
Elizabeth Newett ...
Bus Woman
Benjamin Hendrickson ...
Tom Aibelli
Susan Aibelli
Toni Peck
Liberty Jean ...
Motel Woman #1
Archer Martin ...
Motel Woman #2
Josh Philip Weinstein ...
Nancy Fields ...
Dr. Wilson
Judette Jones ...
Aunt Helen
Carmine Paolini ...
Neil Connie Wallace ...
Walter Hooten


Raymond Aibelli is a promising medical student ready to begin a prestigious summer internship. But Susan, his mother, is immobilized by a broken leg, and his father Tom, a travelling salesman, makes Raymond stay home and take care of his mother, an attractive though unhappy woman. His mother's condition leads them to a degree of immediate physical contact which Raymond finds disturbing. He soon meets Toni, a high school girl, but his sexual impulses are increasingly confused, especially since he is still upset over losing the internship. Written by Reid Gagle

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15 July 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mão do Desejo  »

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$200,000 (estimated)


$1,359,736 (USA)

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Director David O. Russell cast 'Jeremy Davies' based on the actor's performance in a Suburu commercial. See more »


Boom mic clearly visible when Mr Aibelli first phones Ray from the hotel room. See more »


Ray Aibelli: [Helen keeps interrupting Ray and his mother talk] Can you do me a favor, Helen?
Ray Aibelli: Shut your big fat mouth!
Ray Aibelli: [moments later after she walks off the house] I'm sorry! I didn't mean to.
Aunt Helen: [crying] You said fat mouth!
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Composed by Mark Sandman
Performed by Morphine
Copyright 1993 Head With Wings Music/Pubco (BMI)
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A Brilliant Intro to David O. Russell
30 November 2001 | by (aberdeen, maryland, usa) – See all my reviews

What a devilish film! I first saw this upon it's initial release, and was blown away by David O. Russell's script and direction, and the acting skills of Jeremy Davies. The film makes you cringe at every turn, but you cannot take your eyes off of it. Well acted and directed, this marked Russell as a talent to watch.

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