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The Man with Two Brains

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Overview

Steve Martin and Carl Reiner concoct one of Martin's best comic vehicles with Martin playing the world's top brain surgeon, Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr -- he ought to know, he said so himself. Hfuhruhurr pioneered the radical new cranial screw-top technique, but he grieves over the untimely death of his wife Rebecca, carrying around a small plastic likeness of her to get through the long and lonely evenings. Thinking of her while driving home, Hfuhruhurr takes his eyes off the road and runs down the beautiful but ...
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Overview

Steve Martin and Carl Reiner concoct one of Martin's best comic vehicles with Martin playing the world's top brain surgeon, Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr -- he ought to know, he said so himself. Hfuhruhurr pioneered the radical new cranial screw-top technique, but he grieves over the untimely death of his wife Rebecca, carrying around a small plastic likeness of her to get through the long and lonely evenings. Thinking of her while driving home, Hfuhruhurr takes his eyes off the road and runs down the beautiful but deadly Dolores Benedict Kathleen Turner. Hfuhruhurr performs surgery which saves her life, but as she recovers, Hfuhruhurr doesn't realize Dolores is a gold-digging vixen who has driven her latest husband George Furth to death by apoplexy. She is now looking for a new victim and Hfuhruhurr fits the bill. They marry, but Dolores denies her husband sexual favors, which frustrates Hfuhruhurr to distraction. He takes Dolores on a belated honeymoon to Austria, where he meets fellow brain surgeon Dr. Necessiter David Warner, who keeps a wide assortment of brains in his laboratory. Dolores takes the opportunity to have an extramarital affair, and when Hfuhruhurr finds out he dumps her. But in Necessiter's laboratory, Hfuhruhurr becomes attracted to Brain #21, Ann Uumellmahaye voice of Sissy Spacek, with whom he communicates telepathically. At last, here is one case where a man loves a woman for her mind rather than her body which doesn't exist! But Ann's brain is deteriorating rapidly; Hfuhruhurr needs to find a body and transplant the brain quickly in order to save Ann.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A noted critic once observed that the use of overly exaggerated comic names reeks of desperation, and while Steve Martin's character's unpronounceable moniker in The Man With Two Brains may not mark the nadir of his comic career, the film remains a minor comic gem in the talented renaissance celebrity's post-Saturday Night Live career. An uneven comedy effort despite some truly sidesplitting moments, this somewhat raunchy early effort isn't without its moments. The film's odd mix of off-the-wall zaniness and endearing quirk isn't quite as refined here as it is in Martin's later efforts, and despite frequent dull stretches, it does provide a curious preview of the inspired mix that made Roxanne (1987) and L.A. Story (1991) so effective. The image of Martin serenading a pickled brain while boating on serene waters offers surreal charm, and as ridiculous as the whole thing seems, the affection in Martin and Sissy Spacek's performances comes off as oddly genuine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1998
  • UPC: 085391637530
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr
Kathleen Turner Dolores Benedict
David Warner Dr. Alfred Necessiter
Paul Benedict Butler
Richard Brestoff Dr. Pasteur
James Cromwell Realtor
George Furth Timon
Peter Hobbs Dr. Brandon
Earl Boen Dr. Conrad
Bernie Hern Gun Seller
Frank McCarthy Olsen
William Traylor Inspector
Bernard Behrens Gladstone
Natividad Vacio Ramon
David Byrd Desk Clerk
Adrian Ricard Nurse in Room
Sparky Marcus Bellboy
Perla Walter Housekeeper
Don McLeod Gorilla/Schlermie Beckerman
Peter Elbing Morgue Attendant
Diane Peterson Hooker #1
Kate Sarchet Hooker #2
Wendy Sherman Hooker #3
Warwick Sims Drunk Test Policeman
Breck Costin Handsome Waiter
Tom Spratley Minister
Estelle Reiner Tourist in Elevator
Jeffrey Combs Dr. Jones
Jenny Gago Nurse #1
Oceana Marr Older Nurse
Haunani Minn Nurse Breen
Stephanie Kramer Beautiful Girl
George Fisher Patrol Car Officer
Sissy Spacek Voice Only
Randi Brooks Fran
Technical Credits
Carl Reiner Director, Screenwriter
Bud Alper Sound/Sound Designer
Lance Anderson Makeup
William Badalato Production Designer
E. Thomas Case Makeup
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Eli Cohen Costumes/Costume Designer
Marion Dougherty Casting
Louie Elias Stunts
Gary Epper Stunts
Jeannie Epper Stunts
George Fisher Stunts
Bruce Gibeson Set Decoration/Design
George Gipe Screenwriter
Joel Goldsmith Score Composer
Michael Grillo Asst. Director
Allen Hall Special Effects
Mark Mansbridge Art Director
Steve Martin Screenwriter
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
William E. McEuen Producer
Gary McLarty Stunts
Mina Mittleman Costumes/Costume Designer
Bud Molin Editor
David V. Picker Producer
Clayton Pinney Special Effects
Polly Platt Production Designer
John Robotham Stunts
Ric Sagliani Makeup
Robert Sessa Set Decoration/Design
Robert Willard Special Effects
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fall on your **s Funny!

    Up there with Caddy Shack and Dumb & Dumber... okay down there. But really, this is an extremely funny movie. The Austrian drunk driving test alone is worth the price of the rental... or purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Its posible find this movie in spanish language also????

    Please I'm looking for this movie a lot of of years ago, but just found it in English. I just want to know if is posible find it in dvd region 2 (Europe I think). Thanks a lot for your support

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    Posted July 23, 2009

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