Brain Donors (1992)


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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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Pat Proft
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On DVD: Oct 26, 2004
Paramount Home Video


as Roland T. Flakfizer

as Jacques

as Rocco

as Lillian

as The Great Volare

as Blonde

as Pedestrian

as Usherette

as Woman with Program

as L.A. Stage Manager

as Theatre Janitor

as Stage Hand

as Stage Hand

as Messenger

as Precinct Cop

as N.Y. Stage Manager

as Stuffy Patron

as Chauffeur

as Lisa Le Baron
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Critic Reviews for Brain Donors

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Weird reworking of Night at the Opera that's more peculiar than successful.

December 4, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Someone needed to donate one to this director.

August 16, 2002

The jokes come so frequently you won't even have time to sneer at the lame ones. And yeah, a lot of 'em are kinda lame. John Turturro is, however, a man possessed.

July 26, 2002

Audience Reviews for Brain Donors

Every Marx brothers movie condensed into one hell of a zany adventure. This movie is gut bustingly funny.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


Amazingly funny film with great performances by all the cast, especially Turturro. Great one-liners are delivered at a rapid pace and this movie is worthy of being put alongside the Marx Bros series even though it's only an "homage".
"I want you to have my children... they're out in the car" Hilarious, and no, I'm not making fun of you Timbo.

Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer


This shows how the Three Stooges were comedic geniuses - you cannot just get three people acting like total jackasses together and expect it be funny. Timing is everything (no matter how lowbrow the humor), and if you dont have it naturally, then at least a director could help. No help here, apparently. This also reinforces by belief that The Stupids is a work of genius, because its apparently not that easy to be ridiculously zany, but still be genuinely funny.


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