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UNIVERSAL PICTURES TO RELEASE PROMINENT FEATURES' 'SPLITTING HEIRS'

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UNIVERSAL PICTURES TO RELEASE PROMINENT FEATURES' 'SPLITTING HEIRS'
 UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 27 / PRNewswire/ -- Universal Pictures will distribute the Prominent Features comedy "Splitting Heirs," starring Eric Idle, Rick Moranis, Barbara Hershey, Catherine Zeta Jones and John Cleese, it was announced today by Tom Pollock, chairman of the MCA Motion Picture Group and Casey Silver, president of production for Universal Pictures.
 Robert Young is directing the film from an original screenplay by Eric Idle, who also executive produces. Simon Bosanquet is producer, with Redmond Morris as co-producer.
 Prominent Features Ltd., responsible for the international box office hit "A Fish Called Wanda," is a United Kingdom-based company whose principals include Monty Python's Idle, Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Prominent Features' other films include "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" and "Erik The Viking."
 In "Splitting Heirs," Idle stars as Tommy Patel, a man raised as a poor Pakistani who believes he is the real 15th Duke of Bournemouth, a title inherited by his ne'er-do-well American cousin, Henry Maitland (Moranis). There are no lengths to which Tommy won't go -- including wholesale murder with the help of a seedy lawyer, played by Cleese -- to get the title that is rightfully his and win the affections of the beautiful and mischievous Kitty (Jones). Hershey stars as Lucinda, a flower child of the '60s (then named "Available Space") turned duchess who unknowingly tries to seduce her own son.
 Idle, chairman of Prominent Features, became famous as a member of the renowned British comedy troupe Monty Python. Idle appeared in and co-wrote the films "And Now for Something Completely Different," "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "Life of Brian," "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life" and toured with the Python shows including "Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl." Idle's other acting credits include "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen," "Nuns on the Run" and "Missing Pieces."
 While a regular on "SCTV," Moranis won an Emmy Award for writing and brought a host of zany and inspired characters to life. His feature film credits include "Spaceballs," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Ghostbusters," "Ghostbusters II," "Parenthood," "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," and "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid."
 Hershey's distinguished film credits include "Shy People," "A World Apart," "The Right Stuff," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "The Last Temptation of Christ," and "Beaches." Her television appearances include "Paris Trout," for which she received an Emmy nomination and "A Killing in a Small Town," for which she won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award. She also stars in the upcoming "Swing Kids," Universal's "The Public Eye" with Joe Pesci and "Falling Down" with Michael Douglas.
 "Splitting Heirs" is Jones' first major film role. She came to prominence in England as Mariette in the Yorkshire TV comedy drama series "The Darling Buds of May," based on the novels of H.E. Bates. She also portrays Beatriz in "Christopher Columbus - The Discovery."
 In 1969 Cleese emerged as part of the Monty Python comedy troupe along with Idle. He also launched the classic comedy "Fawlty Towers," in which he starred as Basil Fawlty, and directed "The Secret Policeman's Ball" on stage and co-directed "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball." His other film appearances include "Silverado," "Clockwise" and "A Fish Called Wanda," for which he also co-wrote the Academy Award-nominated screenplay.
 Producer Bosanquet began his association with Idle when he co- produced the comedy "Nuns on the Run." He was production supervisor on "Angel Heart," associate producer on "Madame Sousatzka" and producer on "Afraid of the Dark."
 Director Young has directed numerous motion pictures including the soon-to-be-released "Hostage" with Sam Neill, "Romance With a Double Bass" and "The World is Full of Married Men."
 "Splitting Heirs" was filmed on location in England and France. The film is set to open worldwide with an early 1993 opening in the United States.
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