Splitting Heirs (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

Splitting Heirs (1993)




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Splitting Heirs is a dull mistaken identity comedy about a British Duke (Eric Idle) who is switched at birth when his parents accidentally left him behind in a restaurant, picking up the wrong baby by mistake. Idle is raised by Pakistanis and when he discovers his true identity, he begins plotting to kill the American (Rick Moranis) who is the unwitting imposter. His plans go awry, and Idle hires a lawyer (John Cleese) to help him regain his title.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Idle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 23, 2004
MCA Universal Home Video


Eric Idle
as Tommy, Tommy Patel
Barbara Hershey
as Duchess Lucinda
John Cleese
as Shadgrind
Brenda Bruce
as Mrs. Bullock
Jeremy Clyde
as 14th Duke
Richard Huw
as Brittle
Eric Sykes
as Jobson the Doorman
Bill Stewart
as Adoption Agent
Paul Brooke
as Tour Guide
David Ross
as Sergeant Richardson
Cal Macaninch
as CID Officer
Chris Jenkinson
as Police Constable
Keith Smith
as Photographer
Stephen Grothgar
as German Tourist
Madge Ryan
as Woman with Dog
Bill Wallis
as Vicar at Hunt
Cameron Blakely
as Hunt Saboteur
Llewellyn Rees
as Old Major
Paul Weston
as French Driver
Tim Lawrence
as French Driver
Gary Lineker
as Man At Restaurant
Michelle Lineker
as Woman At Restaurant
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Critic Reviews for Splitting Heirs

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Splitting Heirs


A dull, long, uninspired 87 minutes with occasional fleeting flickers of slightly humorous moments (e.g. the car with the bicycles is fun).


The actors in this film are certainly trying their hardest but this is a largely unfunny attempt at recreating the classic British farce. It does, however, have one redeeming feature: Sadie Frost (in a small role) is soooo gorgeous and plucky that the film might just be worth seeing if you're a fan of hers (you've seen her in Bram Stoker's Dracula and - maybe - in Paul Anderson's first film, Shopping.)

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