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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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Company Credits

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

Eric Idle is five years older than Barbara Hershey, who plays his alleged mother. Idle is also ten years older than Rick Moranis, although their characters are implied to be about the same age. 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: Piss off!
Shadgrind: Bit louder there Tommy.
Tommy Patel: FUCK OFF!
Shadgrind: Perfect!
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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

I Put a Spell on You
Written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Published by EMI United Partnership Limited
Performed by Nina Simone
Recording Courtesy of Phonogram Limited
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Glad that I checked here first
25 May 2001 | by lllamaSee all my reviews

Okay, it may not have been the greatest flick, but it certainly wasn't the worst. In fact, I'm glad that I checked the IMDB comments first because it gave me the proper perspective. I love British humor and I've been a Python fan since it first hit the US. The negative comments prepared me for the worst, and the good ones gave me a reason to watch.

That said, I enjoyed the flick, in spite of its idiocy. Sometimes you just have to sit back and drop your logic in order to enjoy plain, simple entertainment. I'd take this movie over any sitcom on TV. The movie was silly and lighthearted, (in spite of a few murders). By the end of the movie, I actually found myself liking Rick Moranis, who often gets on my nerves. Eric Idle and John Cleese were their typically silly selves. Catherine Zeta-Jones was beautiful and fun, though she seemed the tiniest bit pudgier than she is now. I was really impressed by Barbara Hershey, who took on her comedic role with gusto.

If you like your movies logical, you'll hate this one. It's full of holes, loose strings and stupid logic--but that's just not the point. If this were a totally reasonable world, there'd be no Monty Python.

I watched it a second time with my husband, who laughed all the way through, and so did I. I think this one is like any Python stuff. You laugh harder the more you watch it, in spite of the absurdity. (I know it's foolish of me, but I laugh every time I hear Cleese repeat the phrase, "She turned me into a newt.")


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