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Idle Hands (1999)

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A teenage slacker's right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent.


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Seventeen year old slacker Anton Tobias wakes up one Halloween morning to discover that both of his parents have been turned into two headless Halloween decorations. After speaking to his equally irresponsible friends, Mick and Pnub, he discovers that his right hand has a blood-thirsty mind of its own and is hell-bent on wreaking havoc whether he likes it or not. Written by Anonymous

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The touching story of a boy and his right hand. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, pervasive teen drug use, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El diablo metió la mano  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,807,181 (USA) (30 April 1999)


$4,002,955 (USA) (11 June 1999)

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Did You Know?


When Anton, stunned after killing his two friends, walks into a support beam in his house, the thudding noise his body makes was not digitally added in after production - this is Devon Sawa actually walking into the solid-wood support beam. Often, when the cast would do a photo shoot or had to re-shoot a scene after this one, Devon would start off by walking into the support beam over and over again to the point that editors working below the stage started to wonder what the noise was. See more »


When Anton awakes in the beginning the mouthpiece is on his inhaler, when he goes downstairs to the kitchen it is missing, it then reappears when he uses it as a pipe. See more »


Anton: [while attempting to cut his hand off] This is it, I know it.
Pnub: Those things won't even cut my bagel.
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Referenced in Dark Angel: Boo (2001) See more »


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Written by Vanessa Daou & Peter Daou
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User Reviews

Great mix of horror and humor
12 November 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For reasons unknown, I couldn't see Idle Hands when it was released into theatres last year in 1999. I didn't get a chance to see it until it came out on tape in August later of that year. The plot centers around Anton Tobias(Devon Sawa), he's 17, he hasn't been to school in 6 months, he's in love with Molly(Jessica Alba) a girl who has lived across the street from him for lord knows how long, and he smokes pot with his friends Mick(Seth Green) and Pnub(Elden Henson). Anyway, Anton wakes up one day to find that his parents have disappeared, (although it takes him about two days to realize this). This goes to show you should stop smoking pot all the time. It isn't long before Anton discovers his horribly mutilated parents and that his right hand has been possessed by Satan. His hand soon kills his best friends Mick and Pnub. With the help of a priestess Debi(Vivica A. Fox) and a local headbanger (Jack Noseworthy) Anton comes up with a few odd ways of keeping his hand occupied from its homicidal tendencies such as listening to heavy metal and needle point.

Let me just say that this movie is hilarious. I should also say that this movie is also one of the grossest and goriest movies I've ever seen. There are quite a few hilarious moments as well as a few shocking ones.

Vivica A. Fox's name says it all and Jessica Alba isn't bad to look at either.


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