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The Man with Two Brains (1983)

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A brain surgeon marries a femme fatale, causing his life to turn upside down. Things go more awry when he falls in love with a talking brain.

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Carl Reiner

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr
Kathleen Turner ... Dolores Benedict
David Warner ... Dr. Alfred Necessiter
Paul Benedict ... Butler
Richard Brestoff ... Dr. Pasteur
James Cromwell ... Realtor
George Furth ... Timon
Peter Hobbs ... Dr. Brandon
Earl Boen ... Dr. Felix Conrad
Bernie Hern ... Gun Seller
Francis X. McCarthy ... Olsen (as Frank McCarthy)
William Traylor William Traylor ... Inspector
Randi Brooks ... Fran
Bernard Behrens ... James Gladstone
Russell Orozco Russell Orozco ... Juan
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Storyline

Recently widowed Doctor Michael Hfuhruhurr, the world's greatest neurosurgeon, injures Dolores Benedict in a car accident. He operates on her and saves her life using a technique of his own invention: cranial screw-top brain entry. As Benedict recovers, Hfuhruhurr falls in love with her and they are soon married. However, Benedict is only interested in Hfuhruhurr's money and Hfuhruhurr still yearns for his previous wife. They travel to Vienna to attend a medical conference where Hfuhruhurr finally divorces Dolores, meets a mysterious Doctor Alfred Necessiter and becomes entangled in a series of murders committed by The Elevator Killer. Written by Bruce Janson <bruce@cs.su.oz.au>

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So funny you'll laugh your head off. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El doctor erótico See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,498,931, 5 June 1983

Gross USA:

$10,100,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kathleen Turner once said of this movie, "After Body Heat (1981) I got a lot of offers but none of the films were good enough. I wanted this part because it's a comedy and because the character was so outrageous. I thought if I was very brave I could do some extraordinary things with it. It wasn't a run-of-the-mill token female role." See more »

Goofs

In the credits, Stepfanie Kramer's first name is misspelled "Stephanie". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: [in surgery] Check the art line. You're hyperventilating the patient.
Anaestheseologist: No doctor.
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: Ready the bone wax. Metzenbaum scissors.
Surgery Nurse: Metzenbaum scissors.
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: [meowing] Get that cat out of here.
Anaestheseologist: Yes sir.
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: Ready to close. Remove the Wietlander Retractor.
Surgery Nurse: Pre-closure doctor.
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: Remove the rating clip, for God's sake!
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Crazy Credits

At the end is shown: Merv Griffin did not turn himself in and is at large. If you have any information as to his whereabouts, call your local theatre manager See more »

Alternate Versions

The scene in the hotel where the bellboy goes through puberty in a matter of seconds is removed from the currently available DVD version. See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Under the Bamboo Tree
(uncredited)
Music by James Weldon Johnson and Rosamond Johnson
Lyrics by Bob Cole
Performed by Steve Martin and Sissy Spacek
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Clearly, viewers either love or hate this movie
21 November 2003 | by ctnowSee all my reviews

Even among Steve Martin fans, there are those who love his "zany" work (MWTB, the Jerk), and consider his more "commercial" hits (All of Me etc) a sellout, and those who see it the exact opposite.

I love this movie. I am amazed when I view it for the 73rd time and still fall down laughing.

I hope saying this doesn't sound smug, but I suspect those who don't find it funny are missing a lot of the jokes. The fast pace and dry delivery of a lot of hysterical lines are the best part of the movie.

I'm a Steve Martin fan, and this is easily my favorite Steve Martin movie (and possibly my favorite movie of all time - being able to always make me laugh no matter how down I am is worth a lot!)


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