Monkey Shines (1988)

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TitleMonkey Shines
Year1988
CountryUSA
GenreHorror (Movies)
Run Time1h 53 min
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Law student and athlete Allan Mann is struck by a truck and rendered quadriplegic following surgery. As his overbearing mother and strict nurse try to help him, Allan, now in a SNP-equipped wheelchair, struggles to adjust. He eventually attempts suicide. His friend, Geoffrey Fisher, suggests he get a Capuchin monkey as a service animal to lift his spirits and help around the house. Geoffrey has an ulterior motive: he is a research scientist under pressure to produce results. Geoffrey has been dosing a monkey in his lab with a serum to boost its intelligence, and he believes the serum’s effects will be amplified if the monkey is around humans.

Geoffrey enlists Melanie Parker, a specialist in training helper monkeys. Geoffrey provides the Capuchin he has been experimenting on, lying to Melanie and Allan that the monkey is completely normal. Allan names the monkey Ella, and he and Melanie work closely training her. Initially, Ella is a huge help to Allan. Allan grows very close to Melanie. However, as time passes, Allan grows more short-tempered and resentful. Ella, too, becomes more aggressive. Allan dreams of running through the grass at night, and he believes that he has a telepathic link with Ella, whom he suspects can escape the house. Geoffrey finds evidence confirming this but, pleased with Ella’s intelligence, does not tell Allan and Melanie. After the pet bird of Allan’s nurse flies around and pesters him, the irate Allan wishes that it were dead – that night, Ella stealthily kills the bird and leaves it in the nurse’s slipper; causing the nurse to quit in a huff.

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Cast:

Jason Beghe Jason Beghe
Jason Beghe
John Pankow John Pankow
Geoffrey Fisher
Kate McNeil Kate McNeil
Melanie Parker
Joyce Van Patten Joyce Van Patten
Dorothy Mann

Law student and athlete Allan Mann is struck by a truck and rendered quadriplegic following surgery. As his overbearing mother and strict nurse try to help him, Allan, now in a SNP-equipped wheelchair, struggles to adjust. He eventually attempts suicide. His friend, Geoffrey Fisher, suggests he get a Capuchin monkey as a service animal to lift his spirits and help around the house. Geoffrey has an ulterior motive: he is a research scientist under pressure to produce results. Geoffrey has been dosing a monkey in his lab with a serum to boost its intelligence, and he believes the serum’s effects will be amplified if the monkey is around humans.

Geoffrey enlists Melanie Parker, a specialist in training helper monkeys. Geoffrey provides the Capuchin he has been experimenting on, lying to Melanie and Allan that the monkey is completely normal. Allan names the monkey Ella, and he and Melanie work closely training her. Initially, Ella is a huge help to Allan. Allan grows very close to Melanie. However, as time passes, Allan grows more short-tempered and resentful. Ella, too, becomes more aggressive. Allan dreams of running through the grass at night, and he believes that he has a telepathic link with Ella, whom he suspects can escape the house. Geoffrey finds evidence confirming this but, pleased with Ella’s intelligence, does not tell Allan and Melanie. After the pet bird of Allan’s nurse flies around and pesters him, the irate Allan wishes that it were dead – that night, Ella stealthily kills the bird and leaves it in the nurse’s slipper; causing the nurse to quit in a huff.

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