When most people think of George A. Romero, they always think of zombies. Yet, Romero also did other fine films including Monkey Shines. This one is highly original and involves a quadriplegic who has a trained monkey to help him around the house. Things start our great but. of course, they don't stay that way! The star of this show is Boo, the Capuchin monkey who steals the show. He is an amazing little actor and this film would not work as well without his magnificent performance.
The second thing it has going for it is Jason Beghe [Thelma & Louise, G.I. Jane] who plays Allan Mann, the quadriplegic. His ability to emote without the use of much of his body is fantastic. His scenes with the monkey are wonderful and very convincing. Granted, his character is far from likable for most of the film but you still can't help but sympathize with the guy when the monkey shows her mean streak. That, my friend, is great acting.
George Romero really hits this one out of the ballpark. Monkey Shines starts out slow and gradually builds to a fevered pitch. Romero captures something special with this film and I consider it to be one of his best. As a side note make-up man and Romero sidekick Tom Savini did some of the stunts in this film as well as special make-up effects. Don't miss this one.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.