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Brain Donors (1992)

PG | | Comedy | 17 April 1992 (USA)
Three manic idiots; a lawyer, cab driver and a handyman team up to run a ballet company to fulfill the will of a millionaire. Tribute to the Marx Brothers, antics result as the trio try to ... See full summary »

Director:

Dennis Dugan

Writers:

Pat Proft (screenplay), George S. Kaufman (screenplay "A Night At the Opera") | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Turturro ... Roland T. Flakfizer
Bob Nelson Bob Nelson ... Jacques
Mel Smith ... Rocco Melonchek
George De La Pena ... Roberto Volare
John Savident ... Edmund Lazlo
Spike Alexander Spike Alexander ... Alan Grant
Juliana Donald ... Lisa Le Baron (as Juli Donald)
Nancy Marchand ... Lillian Oglethorpe
Teri Copley Teri Copley ... Tina
Irene Olga López Irene Olga López ... Pedestrian
Warren Thomas Warren Thomas ... Paramedic
Dick Monday Dick Monday ... Rob
Katherine Heard Katherine Heard ... Laura
Michael Ciotti Michael Ciotti ... Kid
Gary Grossman ... Father
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Storyline

Three manic idiots; a lawyer, cab driver and a handyman team up to run a ballet company to fulfill the will of a millionaire. Tribute to the Marx Brothers, antics result as the trio try to outwit the rich widow and her scheming big-shot lawyer, who also wants to run the ballet. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

In the tradition of Abbott and Costello, The Three Stooges, and the Reagan Administration. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lame Ducks See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$504,057, 19 April 1992

Gross USA:

$918,239

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$918,239
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although is not said in the official description of the movie, the screenplay and characters are based on the classic comedy masterpiece by the Marx Brothers - A Night at the Opera (1935). See more »

Goofs

When Lazlo the lawyer is hit over the head with a vase in a doorway, it smashes everywhere. Seconds later, Flakfizer and Mrs. Oglethorpe go through the same doorway and the vase pieces are gone. See more »

Quotes

Rocco Melonchek: We'll have to perform a full rectum-ology.
Roland T. Flakfizer: Fondue, an epidemic! drop those pants... Not you, the patient.
Doctor: I thought you were cardiologists...
Rocco Melonchek: Uh, well, they're all connected, we enter the rectum and head north.
Roland T. Flakfizer: Why do you think we have such long instruments?
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Connections

Spoofs A Night at the Opera (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

LET'S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF
by George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin
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The funniest one-liners since Groucho.
23 November 1998 | by Tug-3See all my reviews

A lot of critics moaned when this movie came out that its characters were pale imitations of the Marx Brothers. Fine, that might be true. But this movie is still hilarious. On the surface, it appears to be a very dumb comedy, but if you listen to John Turturro's constant string of dialogue, you'll realize that his insults are the most sharp-edged one-liners since Groucho died. Obviously it's not as good as any Marx Brothers comedies, but it's not bad either.


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