Monkey Shines

Synopsis: When Allan becomes a quadriplegic he loses all hope for living until he meets Ella - a monkey trained to fetch and carry for him around the house, obeying him in all things. But Ella is part of another experiment, and when she starts responding to Allan's underlying rage and frustration she has the ability to carry out her master's darkest wishes.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): George A. Romero
Production: MGM
  7 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min


- I'm gonna go run.

- OK.

- Morning.

- Good morning.

How ya doin'?


(tyres screech)

- Is he out?

- Yup.

Good. Now we can talk about him.

Oh, my God!

Martha, his ass is hairier than yours.

- Very funny.

- No laughs, huh?

The morning team has a sense of humour.


This is an accident victim

creamed by a truck.

Injury to C5 -

anterior dislocation of the upper segment

with damage to the cord.

(PA) Dr Fletcher to ICU.

Dr Stephen Fletcher, please come to ICU.


I can't tell you how much it means that

you found the time to be with us today.

Everyone! Everyone! Pay attention.

For those of you who haven't met him,

this is Dr John Wiseman -

the genius who saved my Allan's life.

Here's to the doctor.

- Dr Wiseman.

- John, this is Dr Fry.

My name is Esther Fry.

Dr Fry is one of Allan's professors

at the law school.

- We were just discussing...

- Will Allan be able to finish his studies?

Physically, yes, but will he want to?

Let's not talk about this now.

This is supposed to be a celebration.

Yeah. Some celebration, huh, Doc?

Charlie Cunningham.

- How are you?

- I'm Allan's c... I was Allan's coach.

Oh. Excuse me one second.

- How are you holding up?

- Good. I'm good.


I'd better go freshen up.

Allan'll be here any minute.

(car door slams)

- (man) He's here.

- (mother) OK, everybody quiet.

Everybody, he's here.

Let's all surprise him together. Quiet now.

- Good luck to you.

- Thanks.

Allan! Oh, Allan! You're home.

One, two, three... Surprise!

To Allan. To the start of his new life.


Hi, babe.

- Been a long time.

- I know.

I should have come to visit you more

at the hospital, but...

I'm sorry.

Linda, would you get this gentleman

a drink? Double Scotch?

- If I'm allowed.

- Allowed? I'm prescribing it.

Not in a regular glass. We use these.

We never use ice cubes and if

we must have alcohol, we water it down.

Maryanne Hodges.

I've been hired by your mother

to stay and take care of you.

Thank you.

- Who could live that way?

- Sshh. He was looking right at us.

Hi. This is Geoffrey. I can't come to

the phone right now, but leave a message.

Wait for the beep.

Geoffrey, where the hell are you?

(bell rings)

- (animals squeak)

- Hello, babies.

Papa's got a surprise.

All right, ladies and gentlemen...

One human brain.

This sample comes from the main

association area of the temporal cortex.

The donor was a Jane Doe

with no apparent abnormalities.

Hello, number six. Come on.

That's it.


Save some for the old man.

Parnate incarnate.

Another night without sleep.

But sleep is just a waste of time.

Right, number six?

Double, double, toil and trouble...

Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

You have got to get smart on this, sugar.

There you go. I know it hurts, baby,

but beats going back to the jungle,

doesn't it?

Let's get our messages.

Hey, don't you give me that.

Get your little hinny over here

or no midnight snack.

Good girl. That's it.

- Geoffrey, this is Dean Burbage...

- How are you doing, you psycho?

Wednesday 6th.

You forgot our appointment...

- Yes, I did.

- I'd like to see you tomorrow...

I'd like to see you dead...

Wednesday 6th?

(Linda) Geoffrey, where the hell are you?

God... Allan.


Hey, come in here.

How ya doin', Ace?

A lot of changes here.

I hardly recognise this place.

- Equipped for the handicapped.

- You'll get all the best parking spaces.

Ones with the pictures

of the wheelchairs on them.

- I hate to think what Mother paid for it.

- You'll pay her back. Lawyers get rich.

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George A. Romero

George Andrew Romero (February 4, 1940 – July 16, 2017) was an American-Canadian filmmaker, writer and editor, best known for his series of gruesome and satirical horror films about an imagined zombie apocalypse, beginning with Night of the Living Dead (1968), which is often considered a progenitor of the fictional zombie of modern culture. Other films in the series include Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985). Aside from this series, his works include The Crazies (1973), Martin (1978), Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988), The Dark Half (1993) and Bruiser (2000). He also created and executive-produced the 1983–88 television series Tales from the Darkside. Romero is often noted as an influential pioneer of the horror-film genre, and has been called an "icon" and the "Father of the Zombie Film". more…

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