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Brain Donors
Brain Donors
Actors: John Turturro, Bob Nelson, Mel Smith, Nancy Marchand, George De La Pena
Director: Dennis Dugan
Genres: Comedy
PG     2004     1hr 20min

BRAIN DONORS is the hilarious story about a wealthy widow Lillian (Nancy Marchand) who decides to found a ballet company after getting legal advice from her lawyer Roland Flakfizer (Turturro). Before long, she has two inca...  more »


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Actors: John Turturro, Bob Nelson, Mel Smith, Nancy Marchand, George De La Pena
Director: Dennis Dugan
Creators: David Zucker, Gil Netter, James D. Brubaker, George S. Kaufman, James Kevin McGuinness, Morrie Ryskind, Pat Proft
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/26/2004
Original Release Date: 04/17/1992
Theatrical Release Date: 04/17/1992
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 13
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Brain Surgeons R Us
C. A. Luster | Burke, VA USA | 08/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Anyone that enjoys fast in your face comedy like the Marx Brothers use to do should love it. This movie is based on the Marx Brother movie "A Night at the Opera". The Zucker brothers did a wonderful job of putting this all together. Great cast, directing, stunts, and music make this a hysterical romp. Fans of "Kung Pow! Enter the Fist", "Naked Gun", "Hot Shots!", or "Scary Movie" and their sequels should enjoy this movie. John Turturro is great as the off the wall leader in this zany comedy about swindling, ballet, and ambulance chasing. You will think he has a machine gun in his mouth since he rattles off jokes so fast it is hard to keep up. It may take a few viewings to catch all the jokes and sight gags, but you will be happy to sit through it many times. Even the opening and closings of the movie are comical, the claymation characters is a nice touch. I'm glad the studio finally wised up and are releasing this on DVD. I pre-ordered it because this is one of the funniest comedies out there. I'm really surprised it didn't get the recognition it deserves."
I never knew being an idiot was so much fun.....
Jamie | Henderson, NV - USA | 02/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am so happy this has finally been released on DVD. I just played this movie on VHS for some friends of mine who had never seen it. I hadn't realized how many times I'd watched it. The tape was wearing out. You could see signs of age and use at the top of the screen while we watched it.

My friends loved it. They said they'd love to have if it ever came out on DVD. I hadn't looked in a while so we checked, and sure enough it had been released a few months before. So I was able to finally replace my aging VHS version.

This movie is hilarious. Literally every line in the movie is a joke, or a response to a joke. You have to see it at least 3 times to even come close to catching every joke and one liner. This movie is truly a comedic gem. I'm shocked at how few people have ever heard of it, nonetheless actually seen it.

If you love to laugh you'll love this movie. Give it a try. You'll be glad you did."
Riotous, laugh-a-minute romp from the Zucker brothers
Scott MacGillivray | Massachusetts, USA | 12/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Don't believe anyone who thinks this was a turkey and went straight to video. (When the producers changed studios, their former studio dumped this.) It's actually a very, very funny comedy, with great dialogue (by Pat Proft) and spirited performances by John Turturro, Bob Nelson, Mel Smith, and Nancy Marchand. Standout scenes are the connecting-room routine, the contract scene, and the opening-night scene -- all inspired by The Marx Brothers but shown here with all-new gags. It may be too silly for some, but friends whom we've shown this to are still quoting from this picture."
The not-to-miss comedy sleeper!
Scott MacGillivray | 11/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I can't say much more than most of the other reviewers have! I caught this movie on cable by accident and spent the whole time rolling on the floor with tears in my eyes! The trick is to keep your mouth shut and LISTEN as the jokes come flying a mile a minute! The funny scenes are to many to list but I especially like the "hiding the girl from the boss" scene which is- like all the other sequences- perfectly executed. A laugh riot that is sure to leave you in stitches!It did me! For those of you that enjoyed this movie, You HAVE to see the film "Noises Off" (1992) w/ Michael Caine, John Ritter, and an all star cast of misfit actors in a play that goes horribly wrong! Enjoy!"