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Young Einstein (1988)

PG | | Comedy, History | 4 August 1989 (USA)
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Albert Einstein is the son of a Tasmanian apple farmer, who discovers the secret of splitting the beer atom to put the bubbles back into beer. When Albert travels to Sydney to patent his ... See full summary »

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Yahoo Serious
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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yahoo Serious ... Albert Einstein
Odile Le Clezio Odile Le Clezio ... Marie Curie
John Howard ... Preston Preston
Peewee Wilson ... Mr. Einstein
Su Cruickshank Su Cruickshank ... Mrs. Einstein
Lulu Pinkus Lulu Pinkus ... The Blonde
Kaarin Fairfax ... The Brunette
Michael Lake Michael Lake ... Manager
Jonathan Coleman Jonathan Coleman ... Wolfgang Bavarian
Johnny McCall Johnny McCall ... Rudy Bavarian / Tasmanian Devil
Michael Blaxland Michael Blaxland ... Desk Clerk
Ray Fogo Ray Fogo ... Bright Clerk
Terry Pead Terry Pead ... Inventor Couple
Alice Pead Alice Pead ... Inventor Couple
Frank McDonald Frank McDonald ... Nihilist
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Storyline

Albert Einstein is the son of a Tasmanian apple farmer, who discovers the secret of splitting the beer atom to put the bubbles back into beer. When Albert travels to Sydney to patent his invention he meets beautiful French scientist Marie Curie, as well as several unscrupulous types who try to take advantage of the naive genius and his invention. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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In 1905 he discovered relativity... In 1906 he invented rock and roll. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | History

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

YahooSerious.com

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Einstein Junior See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,094,581, 6 August 1989

Gross USA:

$11,536,599

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,536,599
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Glenn Robbins, Peter Moon, Bryan Brown and Ross Higgins were considered for the role of Preston Preston See more »

Goofs

Albert's "guitar" only has four strings. That's because it's made from a violin. He is inventing the guitar by modifying a violin. See more »

Quotes

Albert Einstein: If you can't trust the Governments of the world, who can you trust?
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dangerous lunatics -- the crew See more »

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Referenced in Reckless Kelly (1993) See more »

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Land of Hope and Glory
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Music by Edward Elgar and lyrics by A.C. Benson
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Whew . . . This movie . . .
3 August 1999 | by PatrickH-2See all my reviews

Young Einstein bounces back and forth between the heights of imagination and creativity and the absolute depths of ludicrous vulgarity like no other film I have ever seen. The plot, in which the eponymous character- transplanted from Germany to Australia- Discovers the theory of relativity in the process of making beer, and "invents" rock and roll (despite the fact that it's only 1906). Im sure there was some sort of satire intended when this was written, but it was definitely lost in the transition from script to celluloid. What remains is a series of scenes that almost amount to a narrative, some of them funny, some definitely not. The only thing that is consisten is the scope of the production- the sets, costumes, and cinematography are all devastatingly beautiful. How so much effort (and, from the looks of things, money) came to be lavished on a story this ridiculous, I will never know. Despite this, I have to applaud the sheer imagination evident in the script, which includes Charles Darwin and Marie Curie as major characters; nonetheless, the elegance and creativity do not compliment the more ridiculous aspects of the film. It certainly is a weird combination, however.


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