Brain Donors

Brain Donors

Director: Dennis Dugan Cast: John Turturro, Bob Nelson, Mel Smith


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Brain Donors is a game attempt to redo the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera in a contemporary setting. John Turturro plays the "Groucho" character, a shifty lawyer (he's even given a Grouchoesque three-barrelled moniker). Bob Nelson is the "Harpo" counterpart, a puckish handyman. And Mel Smith completes the trio as a Chico-like cabbie. All three conspire to save a failing ballet company on behalf of dowager Nancy Marchand, who does a film-length impersonation of Margaret Dumont. At times, Pat Proft's script comes off more like a 3 Stooges short than a Marx Brothers romp, but that's not so bad. What hurts the film is its fluctuating pace, which shifts into neutral just when it should go into hyperdrive. Will Vinton's Claymation opening titles supply some of the film's biggest laughs.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2019
UPC: 0032429330468
Original Release: 1992
Rating: PG
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:19:00
Sales rank: 7,912

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Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Turturro Roland T. Flakfizer
Bob Nelson Jacques
Mel Smith Rocco Melonchek
Nancy Marchand Lillian Oglethorpe
John Savident Lazlo
George de la Pena Roberto Volare
Julie Donald Lisa Le Baron
Spike Alexander Alan Grant
Teri Copley Tina
Donna Isaacson Actor
John Lyons Actor
Irene Olga Lopez Pedestrian
Anita Dangler Usherette
Charlotte Zucker Woman with Program
Max Alexander L.A. Stage Manager
Billy Beck Janitor
Dick Corman Theatre Janitor
Jim Smith Stage Hand
Dennis Dugan Stage Hand
Eddie Griffin Messenger
Louisa Abernathy Nurse
Corki Grazer Nurse
Kathleen Doyle Nurse
Franklin Cover Doctor
Richardson Morse Jailor
Jason Ross-Azikiwe Precinct Cop
Thomas Mikal Ford Cop
Matthew Sussman Cop
Charles Dugan N.Y. Stage Manager
Barbara Schillaci Stuffy Patron
Eric Poppick Chauffeur
Gary Grossman Father

Technical Credits
Dennis Dugan Director
Stan Barrett Stunts
Simone Boisseree Stunts
Mary R. Boss Stunts
James D. Brubaker Producer
Malcolm Campbell Editor
Frank Carrisosa Makeup
William J. Cassidy Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Joe Finnegan Stunts
Troy M. Gilbert Stunts
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Gary A. Lee Set Decoration/Design
Jimmy Lewis Stunts
Robert Maddy Set Decoration/Design
Matt McColm Stunts
Gary McLarty Stunts
James Murakami Set Decoration/Design
Michael Nash Camera Operator
Gil Netter Producer
Ira Newborn Score Composer
Pat Proft Screenwriter
Frank Richwood Art Director
William Ladd Skinner Art Director
Paul Stader Stunts
Robert Turturice Costumes/Costume Designer
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
Chuck Waters Stunts
Fred M. Waugh Stunts
Jim Wilkey Stunts
Jerry Zucker Executive Producer
David Zucker Executive Producer

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Brain Donors 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brain Donors is the funniest movie ever. I can watch it over and over and it never gets old. I even recite lines from it all the time. It's so good. It's a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've have seen this movie probably over 20 times and it is just as funny. John Tutorro is great so is Bob Nelson and Mel Smith. I love the slapstick comedy and randomness of this movie. The Ballet scene alone is one of the funniest scenes. I highly recommend this film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie in the movie theatre and Let me tell you....IT WAS HYSTERICAL. You have to be down to earth and fast witted to really understand whats going on...but I guarentee you will love this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a true classic. The laughs never stop through this off the wall comedy. A must see for all comedy fans. It's just as good on the 5th or 6th viewing as it is on the 1st, and the jokes hold up even 11 years after it's release.