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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.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The final film of Stratford Johns. See more »

Goofs

At the 1 hour, one minute mark of the film, Patel falls from a window shutter and lands on a poolside lounger, which rolls into the swimming pool. You can clearly see the attached cable, the Crew used to pull the lounger into the pool. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Patel: [voice-over, upon learning that Rick Moranis' home burned to the ground] I was doomed to an eternity in the fires of hell as a Christian and a horrendous rebirth as a Hindu.
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Crazy Credits

and *introducing* John Cleese See more »

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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Remember Not Lord Our Offences
Music by Henry Purcell
(Public Domain)
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Almost physically painful to watch...
26 July 1999 | by dolemite-14See all my reviews

The fondest memory (if it can be defined as such) I have of this movie is that it gave birth to a tradition amongst me and my friends of going to really bad flicks and laughing (mockingly) and all the horribly poor attempts at humor that fall flat on their face. After seeing one botched joke after another in Splitting Heirs, which is a rancid pile crap (a shame, considering the casting of talented comics like Idle and Cleese...Rick Moranis does NOT count- compared to him, catching an advanced case of dysentery has more humor value), my friends and I felt compelled to start bellowing sarcastic laughter at the screen every time some horrific gag came around (about every five seconds). We certainly entertained the 7 or 8 other people in the theater much more than the jabronis tripping all over themselves onscreen or the bumbling mental invalids that wrote the "script" (which is probably lining a bird cage or litter box as you read this). Needless to say, while this "switched at birth" comedy (such as it is) is a blight on mankind, ranking right up there with the Jonestown Kool-Aid, it is amusing- just for all the wrong reasons.


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