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The Man with Two Brains (1983)

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

The nickname of the serial murderer was "The Elevator Killer." See more »

Goofs

Part of the movie is set in Vienna, but all the cars have license plates from Graz, 200 kilometers away. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in TableTop: Zombie Dice, Get Bit, & Tsuro (2012) 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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One of the most underrated comedies of all time
19 December 2001 | by forehead1See all my reviews

An extremely funny movie, it deserves to be up there with Airplane! and The Naked Gun in the best 'stupid-funny' films of all time.

Steve Martin excels as the surgeon who falls in love with a dis-membered brain, and Kathleen Turner is perfect for the heartless gold-digger wife role she is given.

I am amazed at how many people have never heard of this film, let alone seen it. Go watch it now - I guarantee you'll be quoting it for months.


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