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The Man with Two Brains Details


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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:November 18, 1983


Steve Martin
as Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr
Kathleen Turner
as Dolores Benedict
David Warner
as Dr. Alfred Necessiter
Paul Benedict
as Butler
Richard Brestoff
as Dr. Pasteur
James Cromwell
as Realtor
George Furth
as Timon
Peter Hobbs
as Dr. Brandon
Randi Brooks
as Fran
Perla Walter
as Housekeeper
Breck Costin
as Handsome Waiter
William Traylor
as Inspector
Jeffrey Combs
as Dr. Jones
Jenny Gago
as Nurse #1
Haunani Minn
as Nurse Breen
Adrian Ricard
as Nurse in Room
Tom Spratley
as Minister
Kate Sarchet
as Hooker #2
Oceana Marr
as Older Nurse
George Fisher
as Patrol Car Officer
Wendy Sherman
as Hooker #3
Earl Boen
as Dr. Conrad
Don McLeod
as Gorilla/Schlermie Beckerman
Sparky Marcus
as Bellboy
Bernard Behrens
as Gladstone
Bernie Hern
as Gun Seller
Sissy Spacek
as Ann Uumellmahaye
Estelle Reiner
as Tourist in Elevator
David Byrd
as Desk Clerk
Diane Peterson
as Hooker #1
Frank McCarthy
as Olsen
Peter Elbing
as Morgue Attendant
Warwick Sims
as Drunk Test Policeman
Natividad Vacio
as Ramon


Carl Reiner
William E. McEuen
David V. Picker
Steve Martin
George Gipe
Carl Reiner
Michael Chapman
Joel Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Bud Molin
William Badalato
Production Designer
Polly Platt
Production Designer
Mark Mansbridge
Art Director
Bruce Gibeson
Set Designer
Robert Sessa
Set Designer
Mina Mittleman
Costume Designer
Bud Alper
Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Maslow
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Grillo
First Assistant Director
George Fisher
John Robotham
Jeannie Epper
Gary McLarty
Louie Elias
Gary Epper
Marion Dougherty