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The Nutt House (film)

The Nutt House, initially titled The Nutty Nut, is a 1992 film directed by Adam Rifkin.[1] It stars Stephen Kearney, Traci Lords and Amy Yasbeck.[2] It was also the last film for Emil Sitka, Sandra Gould and King Moody.

The Nutt House
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Directed by Adam Rifkin
Scott Spiegel (uncredited)
Produced by David Rotman
Brad Wyman
Screenplay by Bruce Campbell (as R.O.C. Sandstorm)
Ivan Raimi (as Alan Smithee Sr.)
Sam Raimi (as Alan Smithee Jr.)
Story by Ivan Raimi (as Alan Smithee Sr.)
Sam Raimi (as Alan Smithee Jr.)
Scott Spiegel (as Peter Perkinson)
Starring Stephen Kearney
Amy Yasbeck
Traci Lords
Barry Livingston
Stella Stevens
Emil Sitka
King Moody
Joseph Whipp
Sandra Gould
Music by Cameron Allan
Cinematography Bernd Heinl
Edited by Michael Mulconery
Walt Mulconery
Connexion Film Productions
Distributed by Triboro Entertainment Group
Release date
September 10, 1992 (Germany)
Running time
94 mins.
Country United States
Language English



Identical twins Philbert and Nathan were separated at birth. Philbert is married to a wealthy heiress (Amy Yasbeck) with a mistress (Traci Lords) and a political campaign for President of the United States. Nathan suffers from a severe case of multiple personality disorder and has spent his life in a lunatic asylum. Nathan shows up on his brother's doorstep and what begins as a case of mistaken identity spirals out of control.



Creative tensions between director Scott Spiegel and one of the film's producers, Brad Wyman, resulted in Spiegel being replaced by another director, Adam Rifkin, three weeks into production.[3] Wyman later stated that he regretted firing Spiegel and blamed it on the fact that he (Wyman) "wasn't a very good producer at the time."[3] As a result, the writers of this film - Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Scott Spiegel - were so embarrassed with the end result that they all used pseudonyms instead of their own names in the credits.[4]


The film was released theatrically in Germany on September 10, 1992 and was not released in the United States until the summer of 1995, where it was released directly to videocassette. Two DVD releases followed. The first in 1999, where it was released by Image Entertainment and the second in 2005, where it was released by Ardustry Entertainment. In Australia, it was released on VHS as The Nutty Nut.


Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide both heavily panned The Nutt House, with the former writing that "the plot of The Nutt House, such as it is, serves merely as an excuse for uninspired slapstick that makes Pauly Shore look like Buster Keaton."[5][1]


  1. ^ a b "The Nutt House (review)". Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  2. ^ "The Nutt House (1992) - Adam Rifkin". AllMovie. Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  3. ^ a b Morales, Juan (2007-05-06). "SUMMER MOVIES; His Friends: A Who's Who. Him: Just Who?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  4. ^ "Then & Now: Amy Yasbeck". Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  5. ^ "The Nutt House (review)". Entertainment Weekly's Retrieved 2016-06-16. 

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