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Multiplicity (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 17 July 1996 (USA)
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A man who never has enough time for the things he wants to do is offered the opportunity to have himself duplicated.

Director:

Harold Ramis

Writers:

Chris Miller (short story), Chris Miller (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Doug Kinney
Andie MacDowell ... Laura Kinney
Zack Duhame ... Zack Kinney
Katie Schlossberg Katie Schlossberg ... Jennifer Kinney
Harris Yulin ... Dr. Leeds
Richard Masur ... Del King
Eugene Levy ... Vic
Ann Cusack ... Noreen
John de Lancie ... Ted
Judith Kahan Judith Kahan ... Franny
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Walt
Obba Babatundé ... Paul
Julie Bowen ... Robin
Dawn Maxey Dawn Maxey ... Beth
Kari Coleman ... Patti
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Storyline

Construction worker Doug Kinney finds that the pressures of his working life, combined with his duties to his wife Laura and daughter Jennifer leaves him with little time for himself. However, he is approached by geneticist Dr. Owen Leeds who offers him a rather unusual solution to his problems - cloning. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Better living through cloning. See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual situations | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Multiplicity See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,075,000, 21 July 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,100,000
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Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Doug Kinney was named after Ramis' friend and National Lampoon founder Douglas Kenney. See more »

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When Doug #4 is delivering pizzas on a bike, it is implied that he is delivering in Miami. Clear in the scenery are California Fan Palms. Although not as common in Florida as California, Fan Palms are still visible in some parts of Florida, but do not appear as tall or abundant in Florida as depicted. See more »

Quotes

Doug Kinney #1: [to#4] I'm gonna buy you something...
Doug Kinney #4: [to#1] A chainsaw?
Doug Kinney #1: [to#4] ... Or a book...
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The first few opening credits each appear on screen two or more times. See more »

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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 27 February 2015 (2015) See more »

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This Is How We Do It
Written by Montell Jordan, Oji Pierce, Al Hudson, Dave Roberson, Glenda Hudson, Gregory Green, Jonathan Meadows, Terry Morgan & Theodire Dudley
Performed by Montell Jordan
Courtesy of Rush Associated Labels Recordings
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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A solid and hilarious comedy
7 February 2000 | by krumskiSee all my reviews

Though nowhere near as good as Groundhog Day (director Harold Ramis's previous movie) this is still a solid comedy with several big laughs. Though its situation of a man cloning himself in order to make his life more manageable would have been an interesting one to play with a serio-comic focus, Multiplicity - despite some token moralizing - is pretty much content to play its premise for wacky farce. As such, however, it does an expert job: the timing in the scenes is impeccable and the interplay between the main characters is sharp and memorable. This is especially amazing since the "main characters" here are almost exclusively played by Michael Keaton. His ability to not only delineate between the four versions of himself, but also to play each of these "selves" off convincingly against the others is nothing short of superb. In my mind, this represents a much more awesome achievement than does Eddie Murphy's similar multiple role-playing in The Nutty Professor - and here it's not just pointless showboating (there was no reason besides vanity that Murphy had to play every member of his family), but absolutely intrinsic to the movie's success. Essentially, the film rides on Keaton's ability to do precisely what he does as well as he does. Multiplicity represents his funniest film work in years, and perhaps his best ever.

A couple of scenes in particular stand out as howlingly funny set pieces - such as the one in the restaurant and the one where the clones are left alone with Keaton's wife, played by Andie McDowell. It's a shame her character wasn't at least a little bit more sketched in by the writers (compare this, for example, to her wonderfully three dimensional role in Groundhog Day) - it might have made the film a little fuller. In fact, none of the supporting characters are really given much to do here, making it solidly a one man show. But what a show! With Keaton truly hitting every comic grace note available, you don't really have much time to notice or care about the lack of secondary characters. I have seen this film four times and it has yet to lose one iota of its hilarity or charm. Hey, how much more can you demand from a comedy?


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