Splitting Heirs

1993 British comedy film.

Splitting Heirs

Splitting Heirs

From the warped and wacky mind of Monty Python alumnus Eric Idle comes a wickedly funny case of mistaken identity.

Eric Idle stars with Rick Moranis, Barbara Hershey, Catherine Zeta-Jones and John Cleese in this madcap romp the Los Angeles Times dubbed "irreverent, fun to watch...a killer!"

At a wild party during the 60s, baby Thomas Henry Butterfly Rainbow Peace (a.k.a. the 15th Duke of Bournemouth) is accidentally 'misplaced' by his rich hippie mum and dad. When the wrong baby is claimed, the real heir winds up being raised by a poor Pakistani family, while the 'heir apparent' grows up in America with a silver spoon in his mouth.

Once Tommy Patel (Idle) learns that he, not Henry Martin (Moranis), is the true Duke of Bournemouth, he'll do anything to get back what he's lost!

Fortunately for Henry, Tommy's a pretty inept assassin. Unfortunately for them both, Tommy's seedy lawyer Shadgrind (Cleese) is a tad more adept.

Add to the mix a scandalous, nymphomaniacal Duchess (Hershey), a gorgeous gold digger (Zeta-Jones), plus a host of assorted loonies, and you have a Pythonesque cavalcade of silliness. Can Tommy regain his Dukedom, survive Shadgrind's schemes, avoid being seduced by his own unwitting mother and marry the girl of his dreams?

First released: Monday 4th May 2015

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