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Spontaneous Combustion (1990)

A young man finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him.

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A young man finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him.

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Combustión espontánea  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

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$50,367, 1 March 1990, Limited Release
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The first draft of the script was written in three weeks. See more »

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The position of the syringe stuck in Lisa, changes. See more »


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YOU BELONG TO ME
Written by Pee Wee King (uncredited), Redd Stewart (uncredited) and Chilton Price (uncredited)
Performed by Patti Page
Courtesy of Polygram Records, Inc.
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I don't understand!
4 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

I really don't understand why so many people hate this movie! I mean, I cry every time I see the end of it, I love the music that gets played over the end credits (the one I like to call the 'Sam & Lisa love theme',) I love the acting, and I love the *tragic* relationship between the two main characters.

Brad Dourif's always been one of my favourite actors, and I think it's really cool that he puts so much into his acting in 'Spontaneous Combustion' that he is actually sweating. (Remember that scene in the phone box when he's talking to Lisa and asking her 'what was in those pills you gave me?'

I think Tobe Hooper did really well making this one. (I'm looking forward to seeing his new film; 'Brew', which also stars Brad Dourif and Bill Moseley from 'House of 1000 Corpses.')


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