The Man with Two Brains

1983

The Man with Two Brains

Critics Consensus

As spastically uneven as its zany title suggests, The Man with Two Brains isn't peak Steve Martin -- but it's still often close enough to enjoy.

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Total Count: 21
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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

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Cast

Steve Martin
as Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr
Kathleen Turner
as Dolores Benedict
David Warner
as Dr. Alfred Necessiter
Richard Brestoff
as Dr. Pasteur
Peter Hobbs
as Dr. Brandon
Earl Boen
as Dr. Conrad
Bernie Hern
as Gun Seller
William Traylor
as Inspector
Don McLeod
as Gorilla
Merv Griffin
as Elevator Killer
Bernard Behrens
as Gladstone
David Byrd
as Desk Clerk
Peter Elbing
as Morgue Attendant
Adrian Ricard
as Nurse in Room
Perla Walter
as Housekeeper
Peter Elbling
as Morgue Attendant
Diane Peterson
as Hooker #1
Kate Sarchet
as Hooker #2
Wendy Sherman
as Hooker #3
Warwick Sims
as Drunk Test Policeman
Breck Costin
as Handsome Waiter
Tom Spratley
as Minister
Estelle Reiner
as Tourist in Elevator
Art Holliday
as O.R. Attendant
Jeffrey Combs
as Dr. Jones
Jenny Gago
as Nurse #1
Oceana Marr
as Older Nurse
Sissy Spacek
as Ann Uumellmahaye
Haunani Minn
as Nurse Breen
Mel Gold
as Cab Driver
Stephanie Kramer
as Beautiful Girl Hit by Car
George Fisher
as Patrol Car Officer
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