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Spanking the Monkey (1994)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 July 1994 (USA)
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Raymond Aibelli is a promising medical student ready to begin a prestigious summer internship. But Susan, his mother, is immobilized by a broken leg, and his father Tom, a travelling ... See full summary »

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David O. Russell
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Davies ... Ray Aibelli
Elizabeth Newett Elizabeth Newett ... Bus Woman
Benjamin Hendrickson ... Tom Aibelli
Alberta Watson ... Susan Aibelli
Carla Gallo ... Toni Peck
Liberty Jean Liberty Jean ... Motel Woman #1
Archer Martin Archer Martin ... Motel Woman #2
Matthew Puckett ... Nicky
Zak Orth ... Curtis
Josh Philip Weinstein ... Joel
Judah Domke ... Don
Nancy Fields Nancy Fields ... Dr. Wilson
Judette Jones Judette Jones ... Aunt Helen
Carmine Paolini Carmine Paolini ... Mailman
Neil Connie Wallace Neil Connie Wallace ... Walter Hooten
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Storyline

Raymond Aibelli is a promising medical student ready to begin a prestigious summer internship. But Susan, his mother, is immobilized by a broken leg, and his father Tom, a travelling salesman, makes Raymond stay home and take care of his mother, an attractive though unhappy woman. His mother's condition leads them to a degree of immediate physical contact which Raymond finds disturbing. He soon meets Toni, a high school girl, but his sexual impulses are increasingly confused, especially since he is still upset over losing the internship. Written by Reid Gagle

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A gripping comedy about letting go. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mão do Desejo See more »

Filming Locations:

Pawling, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,396, 17 July 1994

Gross USA:

$1,359,736

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,359,736
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Studio execs originally wanted Faye Dunaway for the role of the mother. See more »

Goofs

Boom mic clearly visible when Mr Aibelli first phones Ray from the hotel room. See more »

Quotes

Ray Aibelli: [Helen keeps interrupting Ray and his mother talk] Helen, can you do me a favor?
[shouting]
Ray Aibelli: Shut your big fat mouth for once!
Ray Aibelli: [she walks off the house] Helen. Helen, wait. I'm sorry! Ok? Please, don't go. Give me one sec... Helen? I'm sorry. I swear to God, I didn't mean to.
Aunt Helen: [crying] You said I had a fat mouth!
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References Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Take A Trip Together
Composed by Mark Sandman
Performed by Morphine
Copyright 1993 Head With Wings Music/Pubco (BMI)
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A snarling nineties remake of the Oedipus tale
19 July 1999 | by Murph-24See all my reviews

It's simply another one of the Greek myths retold in a modern setting. Those Greeks really knew how to write a cunning tale that cuts close to the bone. They wrote straight from human experience and feeling. Incest crept up on the young hero of the film with terrifying inevitability. They both knew what they were getting into, and went ahead even though they knew that they would subsequently experience "decision regret". A very enjoyable film that magically captures the passion of a summer holiday gone badly wrong.

Copying a tried and tested tale from the past is always a successful recipe for a good modern film, as Lucas has shown with borrowing from Homer's "The Iliad". This film is certainly capable of provoking strong emotion from the viewer, and I think that most of us would have a hard time resisting sexual advances in those circumstances if the woman in question was such a fox.

A compelling tale, made all the more sickening for it's overt basis in human experience.

Not one to watch with your mum (unless you fancy her!).


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