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Dumb and Dumber (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 16 December 1994 (USA)
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The cross-country adventures of 2 good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends.

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Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Lloyd
Jeff Daniels ... Harry
Lauren Holly ... Mary
Mike Starr ... Joe Mentalino
Karen Duffy ... J.P. Shay
Charles Rocket ... Nicholas Andre
Victoria Rowell ... Athletic Beauty
Joe Baker Joe Baker ... Barnard
Hank Brandt Hank Brandt ... Karl Swanson
Teri Garr ... Helen Swanson
Brady Bluhm ... Billy
Cam Neely ... Sea Bass
Felton Perry ... Detective Dale
Brad Lockerman Brad Lockerman ... Bobby
Rob Moran ... Bartender
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Storyline

Harry and Lloyd are two good friends who happen to be really stupid. The duo set out on a cross country trip from Providence to Aspen, Colorado to return a briefcase full of money to its rightful owner, a beautiful woman named Mary Swanson. After a trip of one mishap after another, the duo eventually make it to Aspen. But the two soon realize that Mary and her briefcase are the least of their problems. Written by Sam

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Taglines:

What the one doesn't have, the other is missing. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swedish | German

Release Date:

16 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Power Tool Is Not a Toy See more »

Filming Locations:

845 W 24th St, Ogden, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,363,442, 18 December 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$127,175,354

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$247,275,374
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the kung fu scene in the restaurant, Jim Carrey Imitates some the moves of Bruce Lee. These include wiping his forehead, as well as the, come here gesture. Lauren Holly starred as Bruce Lee's wife in the movie Dragon. See more »

Goofs

When Lloyd starts peeing into bottles, the background passing outside of the van is of straw fields. Outside of the van, the landscape is green grass hills. The van goes over a bridge, past the policeman on the motorcycle, then the passing background goes back to straw fields. The background also goes back and forth from green grass to straw fields as the policeman tells Harry to pull over. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lloyd Christmas: Excuse me. Could you tell me how to get to the medical school? I'm supposed to be giving a lecture in 20 minutes, and my driver's a bit lost.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are full of spelling errors. For instance, "Prodoosed", "Durected" and "wrote" instead of "written". See more »

Alternate Versions

The director's cut adds the following scenes:
  • An alternate take is used of Mental killing Lloyd's parakeet Petey, in which we hear a brief snapping sound and see a disgusted reaction from Shay.
  • In the diner, Harry tells the waitress that his soda is flat and has no "bubbles", and the waitress takes his drink and blows through the straw.
  • The "uh-oh" guitar riff is added to the soundtrack when Sea Bass is first introduced.
  • An alternate take of Sea Bass asking "You gonna eat that?" is used, and a shot is added of him spitting a wad of chewing tobacco spit into Harry's burger.
  • The scene in the honeymoon motel is extended, with Lloyd using an empty shot glass to listen to a couple having sex in the adjoining room, and Lloyd then makes a joking remark to Harry about what he'd do to him if he was a woman.
  • Shay tells Mental when they're pulled over that she has to "squeeze a lemon" (meaning urinate), which accounts for Mental telling her to "stay down" when Lloyd and Harry arrive.
  • The soundtrack is removed from the opening shot of the Dante's Inferno restaurant.
  • Lloyd's second encounter with Sea Bass in the restroom is extended, and alternate takes are used. Upon finding Lloyd in the stall, Sea Bass now announces "you've got to be shittin' me! It's my old friend, and right on time", strips to a leopard-skin thong, and tells him "Here's your happy place!" before Harry enters and knocks him unconscious.
  • An extended scene in the van is added following the above, in which Harry drills Lloyd on why he was in a bathroom with a half-naked truck driver.
  • At the hotel, Harry dresses up in a Spandex ski outfit, and Lloyd asks why he's wearing that. He also comes to the realization that if he and Mary were to be married, her name would be Mary Christmas.
  • A brief scene is added where Harry empties Mary's toilet out the window after unsuccessfully trying to repair it.
  • Lloyd makes a heated speech to Harry about Mary being the love of his life and telling him to stay away from her.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bob Saget/TLC (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bear Song
Performed & Written by Green Jellÿ (as Green Jelly)
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I liked it, others may not...
28 November 2001 | by Howlin WolfSee all my reviews

... because the gags are so quickfire and chucked into the script with little thought as to whether they suit the plot (what plot?) or whether the characters would realistically say them. No matter for me, because I was laughing all the way through, but I can appreciate why some people might not like that.

Like I said, don't go into this looking for a plot, because there isn't really anything other than the most basic premise to satisfy the distributors. I personally found it refreshing that the movie asked no requirement of me other than that I be able to laugh. This I did, loudly and frequently.

A final note on who I consider to be the main star of the show. It ain't Carrey. Jim, of course, does what we expect him to do. However, it is Daniels - in an achingly funny turn - who surprises, and in doing so effortlessly steals the movie from under the nose of the rubberfaced loon standing beside him. It may have something to do with the fact that Harry is (marginally) the more subtle of the two characters.


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