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Twins (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 9 December 1988 (USA)
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A physically perfect but innocent man goes in search of his long-lost twin brother, who is short, a womanizer, and small-time crook.

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Ivan Reitman
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Julius Benedict
Danny DeVito ... Vincent Benedict
Kelly Preston ... Marnie Mason
Chloe Webb ... Linda Mason
Bonnie Bartlett ... Old Mary Ann Benedict
Marshall Bell ... Webster
Trey Wilson ... Beetroot McKinley
David Caruso ... Al Greco
Hugh O'Brian ... Granger
Tony Jay ... Werner
Nehemiah Persoff ... Mitchell Traven
Maury Chaykin ... Burt Klane
Tom McCleister ... Bob Klane (as Thom McCleister)
David Efron David Efron ... Morris Klane
Peter Dvorsky ... Peter Garfield
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Storyline

Julius and Vincent Benedict are the results of an experiment that would allow for the perfect child. Julius was planned and grows to athletic proportions. Vincent is an accident and is somewhat smaller in stature. Vincent is placed in an orphanage while Julius is taken to a South Seas island and raised by philosophers. Vincent becomes the ultimate lowlife and is about to be killed by loan sharks when Julius discovers that he has a brother and begins looking for him. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

Only their mother can tell them apart.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twiins See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,174,980, 11 December 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$111,936,400

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,700,000, 31 December 1989
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Arnold Schwarzenegger was the original choice for Judge Dredd (1995), but Schwarzenegger's friend and former rival, Sylvester Stallone was cast instead. In the film, Judge Joseph Dredd and his brother and nemesis Rico discover they were both created in a genetic experiment. Julius and Vincent were created in a genetic experiment. See more »

Goofs

When Julius and Vincent walk down the crowded streets wearing their new outfits for the first time, several people in the crowd stare directly into the camera. See more »

Quotes

Vincent Benedict: [Answering the phone] Hello!
Burt Klane: Hey Vince, we haven't forgotten about you. You better have our money tomorrow morning, or else.
Vincent Benedict: Or else WHAT, you blimp!
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Crazy Credits

The Title "Twins" appears with two "i" (one of them is smaller than the other one) referring to the appearance of the two main characters. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Indestructible Man (1992) See more »

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IT'S TOO LATE
Performed by Nayobe
Written by Andy 'Panda' Tripoli and Bobby Khozouri
for Panda Music Productions
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entertaining despite two unconventional leads
26 April 2002 | by Special-K88See all my reviews

Odd, but entertaining comedy finds Scwarzenegger on a tropical island where he's lived and been educated his entire life without interaction from the outside world. He learns that he's the result of a sophisticated experiment and that he and reckless con man DeVito are in fact twin brothers who were separated at birth. They finally meet and are dumbfounded to learn how alike they are, despite their physical dissimilarities and their drastically different upbringing. Initial ingredients of this comedy seem far-fetched and desperately protracted, but the film is enthusiastically performed and laugh-out loud funny, with a good sense of family values. It goes without saying that DeVito and Schwarzenegger are an awkward casting choice, yet they connect and only add to the film's overall enjoyment. ***


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