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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:
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Ray Aibelli
Elizabeth Newett ...
Bus Woman
Benjamin Hendrickson ...
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 gripping comedy about letting go. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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15 July 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mão do Desejo  »

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$200,000 (estimated)

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$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 »

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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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Referenced in In Bad Taste (2000) See more »

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Composed by Mark Sandman
Performed by Morphine
Copyright 1993 Head With Wings Music/Pubco (BMI)
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Clever black comedy
26 October 2003 | by (near London, England) – See all my reviews

It's always nice when Americans make thoughtful, atmospheric, and reflective films. Especially when they are black comedies, because America is home to some of the masters of the genre. Dealing with the most taboo of all subjects, this film makes you squirm in your seat even more than Thomas Vinterberg's 'Festen', and the subject is dealt with using the tact and subtlety that many Hollywood directors lack.

Anybody expecting a slapstick, South Park type movie will be sorely disappointed, but fans of Todd Solondz will probably love it. Plus there is a great soundtrack by Morphine.


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