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Monkey Shines
Monkey Shines
Actors: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patten, Christine Forrest
Director: George A. Romero
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     1999     1hr 53min

From writer/director George Romero, the man who unleashed Night of the Living Dead, comes a 'terrific psychological thriller (L.A. Weekly) that delivers a disturbing message about messing with Mother Nature. Starring Jaso...  more »


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Actors: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patten, Christine Forrest
Director: George A. Romero
Creators: James A. Contner, George A. Romero, Charles Evans, Gerald S. Paonessa, Peter Grunwald, Peter R. McIntosh, Michael Stewart
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/28/1999
Original Release Date: 07/29/1988
Theatrical Release Date: 07/29/1988
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 53min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 12
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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Movie Reviews

Gripping Psychological Thriller....
A. Minutella | Lodi, NJ | 04/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Yes, fans of George Romero who believe he's only capable of creating zombie/gore films and are looking for cheap thrills will likely be disappointed in this film; others who appreciate razor-sharp suspense, well-defined characters, and the fascinating thin line between man and animal will love this spellbinding thriller. A wheelchair-bound man who is sufffering from depression gets a scientifically altered monkey as a companion and helper...suddenly the man develops a renewed interest in life when the monkey steals his heart. But before long, science has hindered the progression of nature, and the monkey starts acting on its own animal instincts, ensnaring the man in a psychological battle of wills. The final half hour is edge-of-your-seat riveting; Romero did a splendid job balancing the drama and shocks with a fascinating insight in teh relationship between man and beast. "Monkey Shines" is, simply put, a classic suspense film, and most highly recommended for fans of quality cinema."
Monkey Shines
Alison Friedman | ny | 09/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"From a purely animal training perspective this movie is brilliant. Romero did a great job directing these 6, 10 pounds capuchin monkeys to look like 1 monkey did the job. Much harder than Lassie and Flipper.The editing was also very slick. Watch the movie from a technical POV and see if you can find the different monkey faces, bodies and also puppets used in the more intense scenes.I trained them all and was very proud of them."
Show me the monkey!
Staci L. Wilson | USA | 01/29/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Allan Mann (Jason Beghe) had a bright and promising future. He had a beautiful girlfriend. He was physically fit. All of that is taken away from him in the blink of a headlight, when Allan gets run down by a truck and is left a bitter, hopeless quadriplegic. He loses all zest for life until a sprightly Capuchin monkey named Ella (played by Boo) enters his world. She's been trained to do everything for him, but soon she starts to read his mind... And what's in Allan's mind isn't very nice. Still, Ella is determined to fulfill her beloved master's every wish: Allan think, monkey do.

As someone who is not enamored of Romero's zombie flicks, I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. Yes, it's hokey here and there, but it never fails to entertain.

Based upon the novel Monkey-shines, by Michael Stewart.

Staci Layne Wilson
Good "Scary" Science Fiction with Human Drama
Www.SubjectiveArt.Com | Miami, FL USA | 12/16/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The story is not only scary but has both science fiction and human drama. I think the good acting helps the film not to appear silly as the idea of laboratory experiments on animals cause human to mentally connect to the experimental animals is silly.

Since murder and violence are part of the film, this is not something you can relax with or feel warm afterwards... I still think as a scary science fiction it is well made in terms of story telling, sound and photography effect, and acting.

I am not personally into scary movies because lots of unhappy people appear in them, but I am okay with this one."