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Twins, Webster (Marshall Bell)

Site Rating: 47%
(ratings: 3)
Writeup Rating: 90%
(ratings: 2)
Film: Twins (1988)
Deceased Character: Webster (Marshall Bell)
Archetype: Baddy (Major)
Killed by: Vince Benedict (Danny DeVito)
Killed with: Chains


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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 21st Aug 2006

Kindly submitted by The Doctor

Webster is a hired goon after $5 million that belongs to him for a job he could not complete because of a stolen car. The job was to deliver an experimental aircraft engine to a Mr. Beetroot McKinley in Houston. The man who stole the car: Vincent Benedict, a small-time hustler and an unexpected side effect of an experiment to create the perfect human being. His twin, Julius, a hulking, innocent, and intelligent man, who came from an uncharted island in the South Pacific to meet his brother that, until his 35th birthday, he had never heard of.

Vincent, after learning of his mother's apparent passing on at an artist's colony she owned, is devastated, and leaves his girlfriend, her sister, and Julius in Santa Fe in order to deliver the engine. Vince's girlfriend, rightly believing that Vince's life is in danger, spills the beans to Julius, who borrows a car and goes after Vincent.

Vincent delivers the engine and hears the deaths of McKinley and his henchman, both caused by a rather pissed-off Webster. After being fired at, Vince makes a run for it, still clutching the $5 million suitcase. He is not quick enough though and Webster prepares to take out Vince from a platform above, when Julius, who has his suitcase with him, hurls it at Webster, throwing his shot off. Vincent either hears or senses Julius' presence (they've had a sort of bond between them ever since they met), and, reluctantly, he goes back to help his twin.

After Vincent gives back the money and has a heart-to-heart with Julius, Webster tells them that no one has ever seen his face, and tries to decide which one to shoot first. Julius says "You forgot the third rule in a crisis situation." (This has been a running joke throughout the movie.) Vincent inquires about it, and Julius turns to him, saying "Yes, a third rule." While saying that, he uses eye movement to show Vince a chain with some sort of wheel attached to it above Webster's head. Webster eagerly wants to know what the third rule is, and the twins reply, in unison, "DUCK!"

At that point, Vincent flips a lever, causing a shed load of chains to fall on Webster. After it's done (about a couple minutes by my estimation), Vincent says to his brother "Now there is a man with a lot on his mind."

Since we never get news about Webster's capture or see him again, I'm marking Webster as dead.



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This review has 8 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'The Doctor' (reply to this comment)
Just saw: the $4 million in the neginning is actually $5 million. My bad.
Comment 2 by 'Mr Mouseburger' (reply to this comment)
tut tut Doc!! winking smiley i should have noticed it too - it has been amended.
Comment 3 by 'The Doctor' (reply to this comment)
Thanks, MB.
Comment 4 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
I would say this guy's dead. That was a huge amount of chain, and the song "Under Pressure" springs to mind...
Comment 5 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
I am reminded of a certain death in the TV movie Lost Voyage, only a bit more humorous
Comment 6 by 'Jesse' (reply to this comment)
Throughout the movie the payoff for the delivery of the car and engine was supposed to be five million dollars, it was only at the end where Vincent and Julius where discussing the payoff they gave up, and Vincent says it was four million dollars. That's either a continuity mistake, or someone skimmed a bit off the top before turning the payoff money in.
Comment 7 by 'The Doctor' (reply to this comment)
Knowing Vincent, he probably skimmed a million off before turning the cash in.
Comment 8 by 'Mr Mouseburger' (reply to this comment)
I always thought this was implied at the end....that is where they got the start up capital to begin their new business from. Vincent even jokingly talks about the $4 million to Julius, who he knows is so honest he would never let him keep any of the money.