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Brain Donors (1992)

PG | | Comedy | 17 April 1992 (USA)
Three manic idiots; a lawyer, cab driver and a handyman team up to run a ballet company to fulfill the will of a millionaire. Stooge-like antics result as the trio try to outwit the rich ... See full summary »

Director:

Dennis Dugan

Writers:

Pat Proft (screenplay), George S. Kaufman (screenplay "A Night At the Opera") | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Turturro ... Roland T. Flakfizer
Bob Nelson Bob Nelson ... Jacques
Mel Smith ... Rocco Melonchek
George De La Pena ... Roberto Volare
John Savident ... Edmund Lazlo
Spike Alexander Spike Alexander ... Alan Grant
Juliana Donald ... Lisa Le Baron (as Juli Donald)
Nancy Marchand ... Lillian Oglethorpe
Teri Copley Teri Copley ... Tina
Irene Olga López Irene Olga López ... Pedestrian
Warren Thomas Warren Thomas ... Paramedic
Dick Monday Dick Monday ... Rob
Katherine Heard Katherine Heard ... Laura
Michael Ciotti Michael Ciotti ... Kid
Gary Grossman ... Father
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Storyline

Three manic idiots; a lawyer, cab driver and a handyman team up to run a ballet company to fulfill the will of a millionaire. Stooge-like antics result as the trio try to outwit the rich widow and her scheming big-shot lawyer, who also wants to run the ballet. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

In the tradition of Abbott and Costello, The Three Stooges, and the Reagan Administration. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lame Ducks See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$504,057, 19 April 1992

Gross USA:

$918,239

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$918,239
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1991, Paramount Pictures was preparing to release the film under the title "Lame Ducks" with a major ad campaign, playing up the fact that it was produced by David and Jerry Zucker who produced Airplane (1980) and The Naked Gun (1988), but when the brothers bailed on the project, the movie was shelved, the publicity campaign was scrapped and the title was changed to "Brain Donors". It was released in a few theaters to some positive reviews, but it really made it's money on home video where it has attracted a small cult following. See more »

Goofs

When Flakfizer and the guys are going to the hospital, as they leave the townhouse, Flakfizer is wearing a purple suit. As he exits the car at the hospital, his suit is black/gray, but as he walks into the hospital, the suit is purple again. This has been fixed on the DVD. See more »

Quotes

Laslow: [upon discovering that the doctors were the three men in disguise] Ah hah! So you were the doctors!
Rocco: No we're not them. We're somebody else. The men you're looking for are our identical twin brothers, and you'll never see us together, 'cause we love the same women!
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Connections

Spoofs Duck Soup (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

ALFIE
by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
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ATTN: PARAMOUNT RE: DVD
24 May 2004 | by clubsideeditorSee all my reviews

I will add "thanks" to all the users who have already praised this classic, add plead to Paramount for even a generic widescreen DVD release as my VHS gathers dust.

I saw this movie first in the theater, I went with a friend and at most there were a dozen other people there. Like many users, I laughed 'til I cried, and I am one loud obnoxious freak, wired on juvenile remarks, it must have been a spectacle. At least when I left the theater this became an issue, as my friend, who was mostly silent during the screening, said he didn't think it was that funny. I said the other people there were laughing, and he replied, "They weren't laughing at the movie you freak, that were laughing at you." I'll believe otherwise.

If you just want something funny, silly and fast, you gotta give "Brain Donors" a shot. The jokes overlap and are delivered so straight that it does require repeat viewing to catch the wonderful sight gags that are easily lost to laughing at the dialog so hard you cant see the screen.

Pat Proft, a writer who is certainly hit or miss, is really at the top of his game here, closer to "Bachelor Party" and "Hot Shots" than "Police Academy". And everyone has already cited Turturro, whose movements (chasing ambulances, sitting in chairs) are as classic as his delivery.

So watch it, and Paramount, release it, I'm ready to buy (again).


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