Twin Falls Idaho (film)

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Twin Falls Idaho
US film poster
Directed byMichael Polish
Produced by
  • Marshall Persinger
  • Rena Ronson
Written by
Music byStuart Matthewman
CinematographyM. David Mullen
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics
Release date
  • 1999 (1999)
Running time
111 minutes
Box office$985,341

Twin Falls Idaho is a 1999 independent film directed by Michael Polish, who co-wrote and co-stars in the film with Mark Polish.


The film portrays the lives of shy conjoined twins Blake and Francis Falls, who take residence in a rundown hotel to hopefully reunite with their estranged birth mother. They find their gateway to the outside world through an eccentric young prostitute named Penny. They agree to attend a Halloween party with Penny and pretend to be wearing a "Siamese Twins" costume. The rest of the movie involves the brothers dealing with Francis's health problems, the changing relationship between the brothers, and Blake's budding relationship with Penny. Ultimately Francis's health deteriorates too far and the twins have to be separated. Francis is too sick to survive and dies, but Blake survives and must begin a life apart from his twin. Penny visits him and the two start a relationship.


The film was a minor critical and financial success. It has received a 78% "Fresh" rating from critics polled by Rotten Tomatoes,[1] and won awards at the Athens International Film Festival and the Deauville Film Festival. Its limited American theatrical run earned approximately double its $500,000 budget. It has since been released to DVD.


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