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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.

Director:

Ivan Reitman
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Catherine Reitman (the Director's daughter) has a cameo in this film. She would later portray the recurring character of Maureen Ponderosa on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005) which stars Danny DeVito. 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

Julius Benedict: [to Klane] Now the first rule in the crisis situation, you negotiate first and you attack last.
Vincent Benedict: You negotiate *first* and then you attack?
Julius Benedict: You never negotiated.
Vincent Benedict: [to Klane] Ah hah!
Julius Benedict: You don't know what kind of an enemy I am.
Morris Klane: Who are you?
Julius Benedict: Vincent's brother.
Vincent Benedict: [happily] We're twins.
Julius Benedict: That's right.
Morris Klane: [smashes a glass case and grabs a fire axe] You're firewood.
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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 »


Soundtracks

I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU
Performed by Marilyn Scott
Written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin
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Pretty much faultless - 5.9? How come?
18 February 2012 | by alan997See all my reviews

I don't do IMDb reviews. I drop by all the time, and when I've just sen a movie, I often drop by with my prediction...and though I say so myself, I've got pretty good over the years. I guess 6.3, it's a 6.5; I guess 7.2, it's a 7.0.

Just watched Twins for the first time in 20 years and came in with my prediction of 8.1 and what the...? 5.9? You have got to be kidding! Of its genre, Twins is damn near perfect. Great idea, brilliantly executed. An excellent script, with great one-liners and terrific plot twists along the way. And above all, one of the best buddy-twosomes outside of 48 Hours. How this ended up under 6 just defeats me.

I was so amazed - and indignant - that I ended up doing my first IMDb review in years, in the hopes it might ease the score just a bit closer to where it deserves to be - which is 8, minimum. If you don't enjoy Twins, check for a pulse.


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