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An eccentric scientist teaches a student in his own manner while he looks for a way to clone his deceased wife.

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Dr. Harry Wolper
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Meli
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Boris Lafkin
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Barbara Spencer
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Dr. Sid Kullenbeck
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Paul
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Lucy Wolper
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Pavlo
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Mrs. Mallory
Lee Kessler ...
Mrs. Pruitt
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Mr. Spencer
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Mrs. Spencer
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Prof. Brauer
Mike Jolly ...
Boom-Boom
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Lyman
Judith Hansen ...
Karen
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Arthur
Anthony Peck ...
Norman
Crawford Binion ...
Fred
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Krauss
Vincent Cobb ...
Hamberg
Gary Bayer ...
Bovi
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Dr. Whitaker
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Dr. Sutter (as William H. Bassett)
Sandy Ignon ...
Dr. Franklin
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Dean Harrington
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Larry
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Woman with monkey
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Guard
Michael Greene ...
Guard (as Michael Green)
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Martin Goodwin (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ivan Passer

Written by

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Jeremy Leven ... (novel)
 
Jeremy Leven ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Stephen J. Friedman ... producer (as Stephen Friedman)
Charles Mulvehill ... associate producer

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Sylvester Levay

Cinematography by

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Robbie Greenberg

Film Editing by

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Richard Chew

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Bruce Cannon ... assistant editor (as Bruce H. Cannon)
Raúl Dávalos ... apprentice editor (as Raul Davalos)

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster

Art Direction by

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Josan F. Russo

Set Decoration by

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Thomas L. Roysden ... (as Tom Roysden)

Costume Design by

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Julie Weiss

Makeup Department

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Kathryn Blondell ... hair stylist (as Kathy Blondell)
Dorothy J. Pearl ... makeup artist (as Dorothy Pearl)

Production Management

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Wolfgang Glattes ... executive in charge of production
Charles Mulvehill ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Wolfgang Glattes ... first assistant director
Larry Rapaport ... second assistant director
Linda Rockstroh ... dga trainee (as Linda Rocktroh)

Art Department

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Craig B. Ayers Sr. ... landscape man (as Craig Ayers)
Glen Cooper ... stand-by painter
Dennis DeWaay ... construction coordinator (as Dennis Dewaay)
Steve Fegley ... general foreman
Emily Ferry ... property master
Mike Higelmire ... lead man (as Michael Higelmire)
Tom Holcomb ... paint foreman
Gary Kudroff ... lead man
Bill Luckey ... assistant property master (as Bil Luckey)
Joe Mendoza ... drapery man
James V. Oliveri ... labor foreman (as James Oliveri)
George Szeptycki ... assistant art director
William Kemper Wright ... lead man (as William Wright)

Sound Department

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Crew Chamberlain ... boom operator
Anna R. Delanzo ... cable person (as Anna DeLanzo)
Robert W. Glass Jr. ... re-recording mixer
Jimmy Ling ... sound editor
Bill Phillips ... supervising sound editor
Hal Sanders ... sound editor
Jim Stuebe ... boom operator
Michael Warner ... assistant sound editor (as Michael A. Warner)
David M. Weishaar ... re-recording mixer (as David Weishaar)
Jeff Wexler ... production sound mixer
James M. McCann ... boom operator (uncredited)

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Burt Dalton ... special effects coordinator
Kevin Pike ... special effects pyrotechnician
Michael Prather ... special effects technician: builder of 'Zeno'
Richard Prather ... special effects technician: builder of 'Zeno'

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Michael Gershman ... camera operator
Conrad W. Hall ... first assistant camera
Danny Jimenez ... dolly grip (as Danny Jiminez)
Lee Jimenez ... grip (as Lee Jiminez)
Jack Johnson ... electrician
Skip Karnas ... best boy electric
Michael Katz ... electrician
Melton Maxwell ... gaffer (as Melton Maxwell)
Bruce Pearn ... electrician
Tom Ramsey ... key grip
Dwayne Redlin ... best boy grip
Peter Santoro ... second assistant camera
Tim Staubs ... grip
Bruce Zachary Herman ... still photographer (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Nan Dutton ... casting associate
Mark Niclas ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Tom Dawson ... costume supervisor: men
Katherine Dover ... costumer
Oda Groeschel ... set costumer
Jennifer L. Parsons ... costumer supervisor: women (as Jennifer Parson)
Chuck Velasco ... set costumer

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Bud Aronson ... location manager

Music Department

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Tom Brown ... music preparation
Jim Henrikson ... music editor (as James Henrikson)

Script and Continuity Department

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Lloyd Nelson ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Jim Alfonso ... driver (as James Alfonso)
Richard Firkins ... driver
Scott Freitas ... driver
Walt Freitas ... transportation coordinator
Bill Hauer ... driver
William Charles Hauer ... driver (as Chuck Hauer)
Joe Jaramillo ... driver
Ben Jones ... driver
James Langhorne ... driver (as Jim Langhorne)
Sam Moore ... driver
Wayne Nelson ... transportation captain
James 'Obee' Oberman ... driver (as Jim Oberman)
Robert Perry ... driver (as Bob Perry)
Sam Popailo ... driver
Gary Small ... driver
Howard A. Small ... transportation captain (as Howard Small)
George Staubs ... driver
Jim Wilkins ... driver

Additional Crew

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Joan Aguado ... production assistant
Curtis Collins ... production assistant (as Curt Collins)
Roberta Danza ... technical advisor
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
John Forrest ... technical advisor
Larry Hollister ... first aid
David R. Lawson ... first aid
Arthur Manson ... consultant: marketing
Ingrid C. Michaels ... production coordinator
Marvin Miller ... production consultant
John Moy ... craft service
Amy Ness ... assistant: Mr. Passer
Mayda Renizzi-Holt ... assistant auditor (as Mayda Holt)
Ken Ryan ... auditor
Joe Schultz ... caterer (as Joe Shultz)
Fran Vogler ... technical advisor

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Plot Summary

Dr. Harry Wolper is a character. First he steals Boris, a new student assistant by promising him a co-ed's phone number. Then he hijacks new high tech equipment for his own research, confusing the other university researchers who can't see "the big picture." Harry has a plan, he wants to clone his dead wife, but first he needs an egg and a host. He mounts his search by stapling notices to every telephone pole in town from his bike, which is how he meets Mili. As the year progresses, he sees Boris' romance follow the same pattern as his own, twenty-five years ago. Written by John Vogel

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Taglines He is obsessed to re-create his wife...she died thirty years ago. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Big Picture (United States)
  • Kärleksprov (Finland, Swedish title)
  • Louca por Si, Professor (Portugal)
  • Lombikfeleség (Hungary)
  • Creator - Der Professor und die Sünde (West Germany)
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Runtime
  • 107 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $2,019,728, 20 Sep 1985

Did You Know?

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Trivia While filming a scene where Harry (Peter O'Toole) rides his bicycle on a downtown street, an extra stepped out from a building too early and caused him to have a minor crash. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Demon Queen (1987). See more »
Soundtracks I'm a Woman See more »
Quotes Boris: You know, Harry, I'm still trying to find the big picture but I keep missing it because I am so in love with Barbara that nothing else matters.
Dr Harry Wolper: What makes you think you are missing it?
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