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Spanking the Monkey (1994)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 July 1994 (USA)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ray Aibelli
Elizabeth Newett ...
Bus Woman
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Tom Aibelli
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Susan Aibelli
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Toni Peck
Liberty Jean ...
Motel Woman #1
Archer Martin ...
Motel Woman #2
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Nicky
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Curtis
Josh Philip Weinstein ...
Joel
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Don
Nancy Fields ...
Dr. Wilson
Judette Jones ...
Aunt Helen
Carmine Paolini ...
Mailman
Neil Connie Wallace ...
Walter Hooten
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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 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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A Mão do Desejo  »

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$200,000 (estimated)

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$1,359,736 (USA)
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Studio execs originally wanted Faye Dunaway for the role of the mother. See more »

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

Quotes

Ray Aibelli: [Helen keeps interrupting Ray and his mother talk] Helen, can you do me a favor?
[shouting]
Ray Aibelli: Shut your big fat mouth for once!
Ray Aibelli: [she walks off the house] Helen. Helen, wait. I'm sorry! Ok? Please, don't go. Give me one sec... Helen? I'm sorry. I swear to God, I didn't mean to.
Aunt Helen: [crying] You said I had a fat mouth!
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References Slacker (1991) See more »

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Mary, Won't You Call My Name
Composed by Mark Sandman
Performed by Morphine
Copyright 1993 Head With Wings Music/Pubco (BMI)
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Greatest independent film ever made!
1 August 1999 | by (Selbyside - St. Paul, MN USA) – See all my reviews

This film pulls no punches. It has the balls to show difficult subject matter, yet it can make you laugh. Most people will recognize Jeremy Davies from SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (the scared guy), but here he is worthy of an Academy award. However, don't be under the impression that this film is for everyone, it definitely is not! The incest is likely to offend those who are not familiar with the genre. But if you're in the mood for taboo-breaking themes, this is your movie.


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