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FULL SYNOPSIS

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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

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

Crew

Dennis Dugan
Director
Gil Netter
Producer
Jerry Zucker
Producer
David Zucker
Producer
James D. Brubaker
Producer
Pat Proft
Screenwriter
Ira Newborn
Composer (Music Score)
Malcolm Campbell
Editor
William J. Cassidy
Production Designer
Frank Richwood
Art Director
William J. Cassidy
Set Designer
James Murakami
Set Designer
Robert Maddy
Set Designer
Robert Turturice
Costume Designer
William B. Kaplan
Sound/Sound Designer
Troy M. Gilbert
Stunts
Jimmy Lewis
Stunts
Paul Stader
Stunts
Simone Boisseree
Stunts
Jim Wilkey
Stunts
Joe Finnegan
Stunts
Matt McColm
Stunts
Gary McLarty
Stunts
Frank Carrisosa
Makeup
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