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Splitting Heirs (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 30 April 1993 (USA)
A duke dies and leaves the title and wealth to his adult son. But who's the real son: the found baby raised in USA or the abandoned baby raised by a Hindi family in London? Comedy follows.

Director:

Robert Young

Writer:

Eric Idle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Idle ... Tommy Butterfly Rainbow Peace Patel
Rick Moranis ... Henry Bullock
Barbara Hershey ... Duchess Lucinda
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Kitty (as Catherine Zeta Jones)
John Cleese ... Raoul P. Shadgrind
Sadie Frost ... Angela
Stratford Johns ... Butler
Brenda Bruce ... Mrs. Bullock
William Franklyn William Franklyn ... Andrews
Charu Bala Chokshi Charu Bala Chokshi ... Mrs. Patel (as Charubala Chokshi)
Jeremy Clyde Jeremy Clyde ... 14th Duke
Richard Huw Richard Huw ... Brittle
Eric Sykes ... Jobson the Doorman
Bridget McConnell Bridget McConnell ... Nanny
Bill Stewart ... Adoption Agent
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Storyline

A member of the English upper class dies, leaving his estate and his business to an American, whom he thinks is his son who was lost as a baby and then found again. An Englishman who thinks he is an Indian comes to believe that he is actually the heir. He comes to hate the American who is his boss, his friend, and the man who has stolen the woman after whom he lusts. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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A wickedly funny comedy of royal proportions.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for nudity and sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grandeur et descendance See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,738,315, 2 May 1993

Gross USA:

$3,246,063

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,246,063
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Prominent Features See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The final film of Stratford Johns. See more »

Goofs

During the Hindu dream sequence, one can see the appliance that holds/guides the arrow in Henry Bullock's ear. (Also, the arrow has no arrowhead on it as it "enters" the ear.) See more »

Quotes

[after the moose-head falls down from the wall over Henry Martin]
Henry Martin: Get me out of this moose!
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Crazy Credits

and *introducing* John Cleese See more »

Connections

Referenced in What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) See more »

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Remember Not Lord Our Offences
Music by Henry Purcell
(Public Domain)
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Not Terribly Hilarious, But Worth a Look
19 September 2003 | by blinkprincess17See all my reviews

This movie starring former Pythons Idle and Cleese, as well as Rick Moranis and Catherine Zeta-Jones is an interesting little comedy about a baby English duke (Idle) who disappeared at birth and lost his inheritance to an American (Moranis). He doesn't learn about the mistake until he's 35, living with his adoptive Pakistani family, and working as a stockbroker for a large firm. Zeta-Jones is Moranis' pretty, golddigging fiance and Barbara Hershey plays the hysterical, widowed nymphomaniac "Duchess Mummy". John Cleese is a mad lawyer and it's clearly not his best work, but fans will like to see his face. Idle is not at his greatest either, but the plot is kinda neat and moves fairly quickly. This was before Zeta-Jones became the "Chicago" superstar she is today, but everyone will note her talent and latina-like beauty. I remember Rick Moranis best as the fabulous "Dark Helmet" in "Space Balls", but I enjoyed him as the nerdy, rollerblading, 10-year-old in a man's body in this one. You may be disappointed at seeing the comedy gods Idle and Cleese fall kind of flat, but give it at least a peek, for there are some quality scenes.


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