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Sibling Rivalry is a 1990 comedy film directed by Carl Reiner and starring Kirstie Alley, Sam Elliott, Jami Gertz, Bill Pullman, Carrie Fisher, and Scott Bakula.

Sibling Rivalry
Sibling rivalry poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Carl Reiner
Produced by Liz Glotzer
David Lester
Don Miller
Written by Martha Goldhirsh
Music by Jack Elliott
Cinematography Reynaldo Villalobos
Edited by Bud Molin
Castle Rock Entertainment
Nelson Entertainment
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 26, 1990 (1990-10-26)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $17,854,930 (USA)



Marjorie Turner has been married for eight years and is tired of her husband Harry's neglect and his snooty relatives, most of them doctors. One day her sister, Jeanine, urges her to break out of her rut and have a fling.

At a grocery store, Marjorie allows herself to be picked up for a quick sexual tryst. Unfortunately, her lover dies during the act. Even more unfortunately, the dead man turns out to be Harry's long-absent brother.

Complications ensue, some of them involving a blinds salesman -- not a blind one, but a man who sells vertical blinds -- named Meany who feels responsible for the man's death, as well as Meany's brother, a police officer investigating the case.



Principal photography began on April 16, 1990 & ended on June 21, 1990. Filming took place in and Los Angeles & Marin County, California. Interior scenes were filmed on set at Warner Bros Studios.


Sibling Rivalry was released on October 26, 1990 in 1,448 theatres. It opened at #2 at the box office, grossing $4.017.930 million in its opening weekend. It stayed at #2 in its second weekend grossing $8.424.402. After two weeks in theatres, the film went on to gross $17,854,933 in its theatrical run.


The film has received negative reviews from critics and has a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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