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Twins

1988

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Superstars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito team up for twice the laughs in this hilarious box-office blockbuster from director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters). An ambitious genetic experiment takes the wrong turn when two twins - who look nothing alike - are born and then separated. Years later, the unlikely siblings meet: Julius, a highly educated but sheltered giant with a big heart, and Vincent, a pint-sized hustler with an insatiable lust for women and money. With girlfriends in tow and a hitman on their tail, the newfound brothers set off on a wild, cross-country misadventure to find their mother - but end up finding out more about themselves.

Starring:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito
Runtime:
1 hour, 47 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Ivan Reitman
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito
Supporting actors Kelly Preston, Chloe Webb, Bonnie Bartlett, Trey Wilson, Marshall Bell, David Caruso, Hugh O'Brian, Nehemiah Persoff, Maury Chaykin, Tony Jay, Tom McCleister, David Efron, Peter Dvorsky, Robert Harper, Rosemary Dunsmore, Lora Milligan, Richard deFaut, Richard Portnow
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By A Customer on November 30, 1998
Format: DVD
While this is a very enjoyable movie, the DVD doesn't have that same amazing quality of most DVDs. Still better than VHS, the DVD is too red and too noisy. There are no extras, no 5.1 audio, and no widescreen.
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With this movie Arnold Schwarzenegger showed just how long those muscular legs are in terms of talent, range, and intelligence. This is a wry, wistful, and lovely movie that illustrates how easily Schwarzenegger could switch gears from the heavy action-oriented vehicles that had made him a star to more sentimental and purposeful films that intentionally made audiences both laugh and think. Indeed, hidden in all this well-choreographed slapstick is a self-deprecating kind of intelligent humor no one suspected the big guy to be capable of. Matched memorably with Danny Devito as the twin trapped with all the bad genetics even as Schwarzenegger ended up with the great genes and the life associated with it, the two work off each other in a movie so funny it is hard to try to describe.
Every thing about the sequences works, from Arnie's naïve wonder with all the new experiences to his ear-phoned airplane accompaniment to "Yackety-Yak". Watching him do something as straightforward as walking down the street in suit coat and Bermuda shorts becomes an exercise in comic genius, with both the scriptwriters and director Ivan Reitman working overtime to create this comic masterpiece. Devito is in rare form, and we find ourselves empathizing with this guy who discovers he came from the throwaway sperm that was used to create his brother, the wunderkind. No wonder his life has been a virtual wallowing in the wastelands! Yet from the first meeting there seems to be an almost magical connection between the twin brothers, and Reitman has scrupulously given us a repertoire of little aspects or facets of each that lend credibility to this idea of a familial bond.
This movie ensured Schwarzenegger's wider appeal to audiences beyond the action and sci-fi genre.
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This is such a great movie, but the dvd is really not too good. Like many other great older movies, the studio has not given this movie the proper dvd transfer that it diserves.
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I've seen this movie a zillion times, and was quite shocked when I bought and watched the DVD, as the version I'd taped off the TV years ago, was edited beyond belief! There was a lot of 'unsavoury' language cut out, and sometimes, even full jokes! I didn't recognise half of the early scenes when Julius & Vincent are in Vincent's house, as there's bits about Julius still being a virgin at 35 (and I thought I was a late starter!)

Arnie & Danny Devito are a great comedic pairing in this movie, Danny tall as he is wide, and Arnie showing off his muscles. They also starred together in Junior, which, despite what one reviewer said, is NOT a sequel to this!

The poster is enough to tell if you'll like this or not. If you think the casting of Arnie and Danny is amusing as a little and large combo then you'll probably like this. If you think it dumb then you may not appreciate this. The comedy is very much a mix of odd-couple and fish-out-of-water style jokes from Julius as opposed to the streetwise Vincent. The plot is largely meaningless - a mix of the two taking a secret engine across country while looking for their mother, and throw in two pretty girls (Chloe Webb & John Travolta's future wife, Kelly Preston).

All the fish-out-of-water jokes are funny, but sometimes not laugh out loud hilarious. It works mainly due to the casting of the lead two. Danny plays the sleazy one very well but the best one is Arnie - he merely plays a big naïve lump of muscle. However what he does do is allow himself to be sent up very well - you have to look out for it in most of his movies now, he always sends himself up somehow!
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This is a GREAT movie, the interactions between Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger are hilarious. It even has a decent plot, although a somewhat predictable ending. The supporting cast are all fine actors as well.
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As a movie, Twins is 'the bomb'. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the twin of Danny DeVito. How could that happen? Well... it's like this:

The proverbial scientist set out to create the perfect being and by doing so he had "left overs". The perfect being, Julius, was Aw-node, the leftovers, Vincent, Danny. Vincent sets out to find Julius. During the course of the movie, there's a bonding between the two - in spite of them being polar opposites.

Kelly Preston and David Caruso also star.
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A very touching story on how two brothers are separated from birth, one sent to An orphanage in Los Angeles, the other sent to a tropical island south-southwest of Fiji. As Julius, (Schwarzeneggar) a fit and smart man discovers he has a brother, Vincent (Devito) a small time crook, he races to America to find him. As Julius finds Vincent in a jail in downtown L.A, he is so happy to have found him. Vincent on the other hand is confused mistaking him for a claim brother coming to get him. As Julius bails Vincent out of jail, he is super excited to spend time with Vincent, as Vincent drives off leaving Julius stranded. Quickly Vincent makes it to his work, a sports agency, He discovers his office being taking down because he is six months late on money. As Al, who runs airport parking calls Vincent telling him a car has just arrived for him to sell, he races to the elevators, as he does a claim brother stops him in his tracks and throws him through a glass door, as he continues to tell him he is a goner, Julis arrives to see his brother being beaten, he then grabs the claim brother by the neck telling him that they could work out some negotian other than violence. The claim brother then gets in a brawl with Julius, striking two soon and Julius discovers he has no respect for logic then tossing him into the elevator. As Vincent tells him you mess with me, you mess with my whole family. Vincent soon realizes Julius is his brother taking him in under his wing. This film also stars Kelly Preston as marnie. A friend of Vincent who falls head over heels in love with Julius. And Linda played by Chole Webb. Whom who is Vincent's girlfreind. And let's not forget Webster who chases after Vincent and Juilis. Because they have stolen merchandise in the trunk of the car he was supposed to drive.Read more ›
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