Spanking the Monkey (1994) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
6.3/ 10 (3587 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Buckeye Films
Swelter Films

Production Designer

All Producers

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Release Date
(USA) - January 1994
(USA) - 15 July 1994
(Australia) - 9 June 1995
(UK) - 11 August 1995
(Argentina) - 21 November 1996

Running Time

Get a grip on yourself. A gripping comedy about letting go.

adultery, birthmark, dog, dysfunctional-family, female-masturbation, female-nudity, female-rear-nudity, incest, independent-film, male-nudity, masturbation, medical-school, mother-son-incest, mother-son-relationship, nudity, remake, shower, traveling-salesman,

Technical Support
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Davies, Jeremy (I) as [Ray Aibelli] <1>
  2. Domke, Judah as [Don] <11>
  3. Hendrickson, Benjamin as [Tom Aibelli] <3>
  4. Husson, Richard as [Dr. Peck] <20>
  5. Keeler, William (I) as [Dean (Businessman)] <22>
  6. Marcus, Jim as [Dr. Marcos] <19>
  7. Orth, Zak as [Curtis] <9>
  8. Paolini, Carmine as [Mailman] <14>
  9. Puckett, Matthew as [Nicky] <8>
  10. Resnik, Jed as [Fran's Son] <17>
  11. Schmerling, John (I) as [Trucker] <24>
  12. Silvers, Dean as [Boss] <23>
  13. Wallace, Neil Connie as [Walter Hooten] <15>
  14. Weinstein, Josh Phillip as [Joel] <10>
  15. Fields, Nancy as [Dr. Wilson] <12>
  16. Gallo, Carla (I) as [Toni Peck] <5>
  17. Grillo, Angela as [Nurse] <18>
  18. Grimstad, Ty-Ranne as [Secretary] <21>
  19. Jean, Liberty as [Motel Woman #1] <6>
  20. Jones, Judette as [Aunt Helen] <13>
  21. Martin, Archer as [Motel Woman #2] <7>
  22. Newett, Elizabeth as [Bus Woman] <2>
  23. Stratton, Lleana as [Fran Gibson] <16>
  24. Watson, Alberta as [Susan Aibelli] <4>


  1. Comedy
  2. Drama

Full Plot

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. Reid Gagle Ray is a promising pre-med student at MIT, home briefly (he thinks) before leaving again for a prestigious internship. His plans evaporate when his callous father insists he stay home to care for his mother after an accident, while the father travels on sales calls. The ensuing days are spent struggling to run the large suburban household alone, masturbate undisturbed, and keep his mother happy. The boredom and Vodka tonics kick their Oedipal urges into overdrive, and the girl next door only adds to his confusion. John Muth Plot not found

Total Business

BT: USD 200,000 GR: USD 1,359,736 (USA)

Movie Certificate

R18 (New Zealand)
R21 (Singapore)
18 (Argentina)
R (Australia)
14A (Canada)
18 (UK)
Unrated (USA)

Music Composers

  1. Carbonara, David


  1. Mayers, Michael (I)

Dress Designers

  1. Greco, Carolyn


Argentina Video Home [ar] - (Argentina) (video)
Fine Line Features [us]
New Line Home Video [us] - (video)

Film Editors

  1. Martin, Pamela (II)


  1. Byrne, Orla (I) (product placement)
  2. Emmert, Allison (production assistant)
  3. Glynn, Victor (executive vice president)
  4. Grillo, Angela (additional craft service)
  5. Grillo, Janet (I) (location manager)
  6. Hernandez, Rio Dylan (assistant to director)
  7. Jennings, Carol (location manager)
  8. Kauffman, Gary (I) (legal services: The Law Offices of Dean Silvers)
  9. Krantz, Linda (production assistant)
  10. Larkin, George (II) (assistant to producer) (as George W. Larkin)
  11. LeHane, Edward (production assistant)
  12. Madden, Sean (II) (production assistant)
  13. Projansky, Daniel (location manager) (as Dan Projansky)
  14. Russell, David O. (dog trainer) (as David Russell)
  15. Schnipper, Margaret (I) (script supervisor)
  16. Tillmanns, Natascha (production coordinator)


Ray Aibelli: [Helen keeps interrupting Ray and his mother talk] Can you do me a favor, Helen? [shouting] Shut your big fat mouth! Ray Aibelli: [moments later after she walks off the house] I'm sorry! I didn't mean to. Aunt Helen: [crying] You said fat mouth!

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Pawling, New York, USA


- Director 'David O. Russell' (qv) cast 'Jeremy Davies' based on the actor's performance in a Suburu commercial.

- Studio execs originally wanted 'Faye Dunaway' (qv) for the role of the mother.

- Shot for around $80,000 with money coming partially from short film grants.

- DIRCAMEO('David O. Russell' (qv)): in white T-shirt in the background at the bus stop where Ray's father picks him up.