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A star rating of 5 out of 5.

There have been more accomplished Steve Martin films - Roxanne, LA Story - but this remains his finest hour: a dazzlingly inventive comedy that contains more laughs than his last half-dozen movies put together. Martin is Doctor Hfuhruhurr, the brilliant brain surgeon who marries black widow Kathleen Turner but falls for a disembodied brain, voiced by Sissy Spacek. Martin gets to read his favourite poem ("Pointy Birds"), conducts a citizen's divorce and endures the world's toughest drink-driving test; and Turner hilariously sends up the femme fatale persona that she established in Body Heat. David Warner co-stars as a fellow mad scientist, and there's also a surprise cameo in the form of the Elevator Killer. Sublime.

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Credits

Cast

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Dr Michael HfuhruhurrSteve Martin
Dolores BenedictKathleen Turner
Dr NecessiterDavid Warner
ButlerPaul Benedict
Dr PasteurRichard Brestoff
RealtorJames Cromwell
TimonGeorge Furth
Dr BrandonPeter Hobbs
Dr ConradEarl Boen
OlsenFrank McCarthy
InspectorWilliam Traylor
FranRandi Brooks
GladstoneBernard Behrens
JuanRussell Orozco
RamonNatividad Vacio
Anne Uumellmahaye Sissy Spacek

Crew

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DirectorCarl Reiner

Details

Languages
English
Guidance
Contains some violence, swearing and brief nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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