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Slapstick of Another Kind (1982)

Slapstick (Of Another Kind) (original title)
A rich, beautiful couple give birth to deformed alien twins who, when their heads are together, are the smartest kids on the planet.

Director:

Steven Paul

Writers:

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (novel) (as Kurt Vonnegut), Steven Paul
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... Wilbur Swain / Caleb Swain
Madeline Kahn ... Eliza Swain / Lutetia Swain
Marty Feldman ... Sylvester
John Abbott ... Dr. Frankenstein
Jim Backus ... President of the U.S.
Samuel Fuller ... Colonel Sharp
Merv Griffin ... Anchorman
Pat Morita ... Ah Fong, the Chinese Ambassador
Virginia Graham ... Gossip Specialist
Ben Frank ... Quentin, the Handyman
Cheire Harris Cheire Harris ... Maria, the Maid (as Cherie Harris)
Robert Hackman Robert Hackman ... Study Hall Supervisor
Eugene Choy Eugene Choy ... Lum Fung
Ken Johnson Ken Johnson ... Horace
Peter Kwong ... Chinese Astronaut
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Storyline

Caleb Swain and his wife Lutetia are a rich couple deemed to be the most beautiful of all the beautiful people by the press. This changes when Lutetia gives birth to oversize, deformed twins named Wilbur and Eliza. Unknown to them, the twins are really an alien brother-and-sister team implanted in Lutetia to solve the world's problems. When they are apart they are not much smarter than a potted plant, but together they are an intellectual force to be reckoned with. Their closeness is put to the test when a series of events threatens to keep the twins apart. Mixed in with all this is a miniaturized Chinese ambassador who needs the twins' help to make a deal for the sale of gravity. Written by Kyle Palkowski.

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Extra-terrestrials have never been this spaced-out before [DVD]

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Slapstick of Another Kind See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original 1982 cut of the movie featured a score by Michel Legrand. When the movie was re-edited and subsequently re-released in 1984, it was replaced with a more science-fiction-laced score by Morton Stevens (of Hawaii Five-O (1968) fame). A soundtrack LP was released containing on one side the score by Stevens and on the other side highlights of the score by Legrand. See more »

Goofs

The boom mic is visible in the scene where the staff at the mansion is attempting to cheer up Eliza after Wilbur is taken to military school (on full frame 1.33:1 prints; the prints cropped to 1.85.1 mask the boom out). See more »

Alternate Versions

The original 1982 cut of the movie features the song "Two Heads Are Better Than One" during the opening credits at the nursery, as well as over the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Decker: Sonrise (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Lonesome No More
Lyrics by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (as Kurt Vonnegut)
Music by Michel Legrand
Sung by Madeline Kahn
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A true "Disaster Film"
6 July 2006 | by coriminiSee all my reviews

This film by the great Jerry Lewis rates in my top three worst films of all time. It is up there with Vanilla Sky and Mothman Prophecies. Oh how the mighty have fallen. A good gift for a relative or work colleague that you HATE. At least that way, you will associate some laughs with the movie! The Great man looks tired and distracted and the once razer sharp "slapstick" Lewis built his career on is ironically that of another kind. The film has a look that makes a shoe-string budget look like something to aspire to, and the direction gives the film a "fragmented" feel. Indeed, it is difficult to reconcile Lewis' efforts here in light of his earlier works, the bulk of which are above average, with some, such as "The Bellboy" being works of true comedic genius. One might think that with time and the "honing" of ones skills, and the hindsight that allows one to look back and see what "works" and what does not, Lewis should never have, or have been allowed to have, made this movie. Thankfully, he has enough work of substance in the genre to keep this aberration an ugly footnote to his career.


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