Universal Released 1988




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Ivan Reitman

Separated at birth, Julius and Vincent are a highly improbable set of fraternal twins. They are the results of a genetic testing experiment gone wrong conducted by Professor Werner to engineer humans. While Julius has inherited all the desirable traits of height, intelligence, and good looks, Vincent received the short and dumb end, literally, of the genetic stick. Raised in a comfortable South Pacific paradise, Julius has nurtured his body and soul to become a big-hearted genius, in stark contrast to his streetwise and criminal brother Vincent, brought up tough on the mean streets of Los Angeles. When Julius learns about the existence of his brother, he sets off to find him, on a quest to reunite their unconventional family.


Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Twins is not a great comedy - it's not up there with Reitman's "Ghostbusters" and DeVito is not as funny as he was in "Ruthless People" and "Wise Guys" - but it is an engaging ente...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Michael Wilmington

    Twins starts with an overblown fairy-tale quality that seems as if it should work. But, by the finish, the movie collapses on the shoulders of the stars. It works because they both...

  • 30

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    In Twins, which is supposed to be funny, the former Mr. Universe and pint-sized Danny DeVito play twins, the result of a genetic experiment that went awry. To the extent that Twins...

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    • Production Budget - $15,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $111,938,388 (5th)
      Worldwide Gross - $216,614,388 (5th)

      Domestic Adjusted fro 2013 - $222,242,639
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $430,066,522

    • Other production companies:
      UIP (UK distributor)

    • Filming locations include:
      Rancho Palos Verdes, California
      Pasadena, California
      Santa Monica, California
      Houston, Texas
      Los Alamos, New Mexico
      Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Los Angeles, California
      Taos, New Mexico
      Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, Burbank, California
      Santa Fe, New Mexico

    • Tagline:
      Only their mother can tell them apart.

    • Music:
      Performed by Philip Bailey and Little Richard
      Written by Skip Scarborough and Lorrin 'Smokey' Bates
      Yakety Yak
      Performed by 2 Live Crew with The Coasters
      Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
      Brother To Brother
      Performed by The Spinners
      Written by Tom Kimmel and Elizabeth Vidal
      I'd Die For This Dance
      Performed by Nicolette Larson, Jeff Beck, Terry Bozzio and Tony Hymas
      Written by Tena Clark and Gary Prim
      Turtle Shoes
      Performed and Written by Bobby McFerrin & Herbie Hancock
      It's Too Late
      Performed by Nayobe
      Written by Andy 'Panda' Tripoli and Bobby Khozouri
      Green Onions
      Performed by Jeff Beck, Terry Bozzio, Tony Hymas and Peter Richardson
      Written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg and Al Jackson Jr.
      The Stumble
      Performed by Jeff Beck, Terry Bozzio, Tony Hymas and Peter Richardson
      Written by Little Freddie King and Sonny Thompson
      The Train Kept A-Rollin'
      Performed by Jeff Beck, Tony Hymas and Peter Richardson
      Written by Tiny Bradshaw, Lois Mann and Howie Kay
      I Only Have Eyes For You
      Performed by Marilyn Scott
      Written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin


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Comedy, Fantasy