The Man with Two Brains (1983)

R   |    |  Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

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A brain surgeon marries a femme fatale, causing his life to turn upside down. Things go more awry when he falls in love with a talking brain.




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  • Steve Martin and Kathleen Turner in The Man with Two Brains (1983)
  • Kathleen Turner in The Man with Two Brains (1983)
  • Steve Martin in The Man with Two Brains (1983)
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  • Kathleen Turner in The Man with Two Brains (1983)

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25 June 2005 | ma-cortes
| Amusing and fun comedy for Steve Martin's fans
The movie deals with Steve Martin a famous surgeon married to sexy and greedy Kathleen Turner but he meets a scientist (David Warner) who makes human experiments and falls in love with a brain in a jar (with the voice of Sissy Spacek) and he immediately begins searching a house for living . It's a silly remake to 1950 terror science fiction films and specially to ¨Donovan's brain¨ (Curt Siodmak) , even appear some frames on the movie .

This is a film for Steve Martin enthusiasts but has the brand of his own humor : the comedy is crazy and savage . In the film there is tongue-in-cheek , irony , wild humor , giggles , profanities and is quite entertaining and funny . This is the third of four films that actor Steve Martin has made with director Carl Reiner , the other movies are The jerk (1979) , All of me (1984) and Dead men don't wear plaid (1982) . And second and final of only two ever produced screenplays that were co-written by George Gipe who co-wrote this film along with director Carl Reiner and actor Steve Martin . Here Steve Martin interprets in his peculiar style , as always . Kathleen Turner , recently her acting in ¨Body Heat¨ repeats the role as the evil and nasty loveless married wife . The picture is rated ¨R¨ for partial nudity , a little bit of violence and profanities . The motion picture was professionally directed by Carl Reiner . Rating : Acceptable and passable .

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Did You Know?


Steve Martin drops a small note into the trunk of the car and excitedly says that he's gotten Merv Griffin's autograph. The note reads "Best Wishes, Merv Griffin", and it is indeed Griffin's actual autograph.


Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: Check the art line. You're hyperventilating the patient.
Anaestheseologist: No doctor.
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: Ready the bone wax. Metzenbaum scissors.
Surgery Nurse: Metzenbaum scissors.
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: Get that cat out of here.
Anaestheseologist: Yes sir.
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: Ready to close. Remove the Wietlander Retractor.
Surgery Nurse: Pre-closure doctor.
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr: Remove the rating clip,...


When still "unconscious" Dolores grabs hold of Dr. Hfuhruhurr's belt [with her LEFT hand] and a nurse walks in on them, Dr. Hfuhruhurr covers by incorrectly stating that the grip strength in her RIGHT arm is much better (lifting her left arm), but the left is still useless (lifting her right arm).

Crazy Credits

At the end is shown: Merv Griffin did not turn himself in and is at large. If you have any information as to his whereabouts, call your local theatre manager

Alternate Versions

The VHS version is missing the scene where the realtor is leading Michael around the cottage with Ann in the cat carrier, and he's repeating everything the realtor says so Ann will know what is being said.


Under the Bamboo Tree
Music by
James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson
Lyrics by Bob Cole
Performed by Steve Martin and Sissy Spacek


Plot Summary


Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,498,931 5 June 1983

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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