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Splitting Heirs (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 30 April 1993 (USA)
A duke dies and leaves the title and wealth to his adult son. But who's the real son: the found baby raised in USA or the abandoned baby raised by a Hindi family in London? Comedy follows.

Director:

Robert Young

Writer:

Eric Idle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Idle ... Tommy Butterfly Rainbow Peace Patel
Rick Moranis ... Henry Bullock
Barbara Hershey ... Duchess Lucinda
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Kitty (as Catherine Zeta Jones)
John Cleese ... Raoul P. Shadgrind
Sadie Frost ... Angela
Stratford Johns ... Butler
Brenda Bruce ... Mrs. Bullock
William Franklyn William Franklyn ... Andrews
Charu Bala Chokshi Charu Bala Chokshi ... Mrs. Patel (as Charubala Chokshi)
Jeremy Clyde Jeremy Clyde ... 14th Duke
Richard Huw Richard Huw ... Brittle
Eric Sykes ... Jobson the Doorman
Bridget McConnell Bridget McConnell ... Nanny
Bill Stewart Bill Stewart ... Adoption Agent
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Storyline

A member of the English upper class dies, leaving his estate and his business to an American, whom he thinks is his son who was lost as a baby and then found again. An Englishman who thinks he is an Indian comes to believe that he is actually the heir. He comes to hate the American who is his boss, his friend, and the man who has stolen the woman after whom he lusts. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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A wickedly funny comedy of royal proportions.

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Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for nudity and sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grandeur et descendance See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,246,063
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Production Co:

Prominent Features See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The final film of Brenda Bruce. See more »

Goofs

During the Hindu dream sequence, one can see the appliance that holds/guides the arrow in Henry Bullock's ear. (Also, the arrow has no arrowhead on it as it "enters" the ear.) See more »

Quotes

Tommy Patel: You don't have to worry about me, dear. I'm bi-sexual. Whenever I want to have sex, I have to buy it.
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and *introducing* John Cleese See more »


Soundtracks

LA MÈRE
Music by Michael Kamen
Lyrics by Eric Idle
Performed by Eric Idle
Published by Michael K-Man Corp. and Sony Songs, Inc.
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Rather amusing little black comedy with some of the Monty Python touch
30 July 2006 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

I'm probably in the minority here... but I always preferred Eric Idle of the members of the Monty Python gang. The more talented writer, both in sketch material and song lyrics(to any other Python fan who appreciates those; Yes, Idle wrote and performed the main theme), the better facial expressions and acting. Naturally, when I found out that he had written and starred in a film of his own(though John Cleese does also have a role), I had to watch it. I don't believe I ever did get to watch this more than a few times, some years back, and then I didn't really go back to it until today. As much as I like Idle, I have to admit that this isn't up to the standards of most of the Pythons' movies or Flying Circus episodes. The basic idea is fun enough; I won't reveal it here, though, since it is an important plot point(and I urge anyone reading this to not read any of the cast credits on the main page... and if you've already done so, try your best to forget what you read). The plot certainly isn't brilliant, but it's quite funny, and makes for some highly comical situations. The pacing is actually fairly solid. I can't think of any point in the film where I was genuinely bored... in spite of knowing everything that would happen. The acting is all very good. The characters are quite well-written, though I guess few of them are particularly likable. The humor is quite black, and some will definitely be offended. I'm not fond of admitting it, but Cleese actually has some of the funniest moments of the entire film. He's not very prominently featured, but he is hilarious when he is on-screen. Moranis is about as tolerable as usual... I don't feel much neither for nor against him, but if you don't care for him, you won't like him in this, either. Idle gets to both under- and overplay, and his presence was definitely the selling point of the movie for me. All in all, some very funny moments, but only just enough to make it worth watching. I recommend it to huge fans of the Monty Python crew, in particular those fond of Idle and Cleese. 6/10


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