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Spanking the Monkey (1994)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 July 1994 (USA)
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Raymond Aibelli is a promising medical student ready to begin a prestigious summer internship. But Susan, his mother, is immobilized by a broken leg, and his father Tom, a travelling ... See full summary »

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David O. Russell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Davies ... Ray Aibelli
Elizabeth Newett Elizabeth Newett ... Bus Woman
Benjamin Hendrickson ... Tom Aibelli
Alberta Watson ... Susan Aibelli
Carla Gallo ... Toni Peck
Liberty Jean Liberty Jean ... Motel Woman #1
Archer Martin Archer Martin ... Motel Woman #2
Matthew Puckett ... Nicky
Zak Orth ... Curtis
Josh Philip Weinstein ... Joel
Judah Domke ... Don
Nancy Fields Nancy Fields ... Dr. Wilson
Judette Jones Judette Jones ... Aunt Helen
Carmine Paolini Carmine Paolini ... Mailman
Neil Connie Wallace Neil Connie Wallace ... Walter Hooten
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Storyline

Raymond Aibelli is a promising medical student ready to begin a prestigious summer internship. But Susan, his mother, is immobilized by a broken leg, and his father Tom, a travelling salesman, makes Raymond stay home and take care of his mother, an attractive though unhappy woman. His mother's condition leads them to a degree of immediate physical contact which Raymond finds disturbing. He soon meets Toni, a high school girl, but his sexual impulses are increasingly confused, especially since he is still upset over losing the internship. Written by Reid Gagle

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A gripping comedy about letting go. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mão do Desejo See more »

Filming Locations:

Pawling, New York, USA

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,359,736
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David O. Russell: in white T-shirt in the background at the bus stop where Ray's father picks him up. See more »

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Boom mic clearly visible when Mr Aibelli first phones Ray from the hotel room. See more »

Quotes

Ray Aibelli: [Helen keeps interrupting Ray and his mother talk] Helen, can you do me a favor?
[shouting]
Ray Aibelli: Shut your big fat mouth for once!
Ray Aibelli: [she walks off the house] Helen. Helen, wait. I'm sorry! Ok? Please, don't go. Give me one sec... Helen? I'm sorry. I swear to God, I didn't mean to.
Aunt Helen: [crying] You said I had a fat mouth!
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Referenced in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #1.3 (1996) See more »

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Sheila
Composed by Mark Sandman
Performed by Morphine
Copyright 1993 Head With Wings Music/Pubco (BMI)
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This is a weird and sad movie about incest!!!!!!
25 March 2003 | by rogelioduronSee all my reviews

This movie is now part of my collection just because i saw the main character guy in Conan in 1994 talking about this film and how he had a rough time doing it, the film itself is not worth it but the reason i wanted into my collection is just for the matter that it was very difficult to get, thats why it deserves to be seen and in a good way reviewed by me. It tells a sad story about a guy who has been doing great in school and is home for only 2 days until he goes to his summer job as an intern in a hospital, hes very bright but kind of nerdish and all of a sudden he has to stay home to take care of his mom because she broke a leg and practically no one can do that. This movie touches some serious issues like Incest and some other stuff, it has some great scenes, the acting is good and the ending is so open that might leave you wanting for more like i did. Ill give it a good 8 out of 10.


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