Maniac (2018)
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Exactly Like You 

Annie and Owen are Arlie and Ollie, grifters attending a séance at the mysterious Neberdine mansion in the 1940s.


Cary Joji Fukunaga




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Stone ... Annie Landsberg
Jonah Hill ... Owen Milgrim
Justin Theroux ... Dr. James K. Mantleray
Sonoya Mizuno ... Dr. Azumi Fujita
Sally Field ... Dr. Greta Mantleray
Hank Azaria ... Hank Landsberg (voice)
Billy Magnussen ... Jed Milgrim
Allyce Beasley ... 11
Kathleen Choe ... 3
David Fierro ... Bobby
Stephen Hill ... 7
Danny Hoch ... 5
Rome Kanda ... Dr. Muramoto
Ariel Kavoussi ... Bianca Forsythe
Josh Pais ... Andy


Annie and Owen are Arlie and Ollie, grifters attending a séance at the mysterious Neberdine mansion in the 1940s.

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

21 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Exactly Like You See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The NPB computer display seen several times in this episode (for example at 3:14) has words from the Star Trek universe written across the bottom of the screen: "heading", "warp" (as in warp speed), "phaser" and "photon" (as in photon torpedoes). See more »


Owen (as Ollie) states that he traded someone for his peerage title so he could be called Sir Ollie. Not only are peerage titles not transferable in this way (as Annie/Arlie points out), peerages do not entitle the holder to be addressed as Sir; a peer would be addressed as "Lord." A baronetage comes with the title "Sir" but it is not a peerage (and is also not transferable). See more »


Owen Milgrim: Every mistake I've ever made started with "it's too good to be true."
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »


Exactly Like You
Written by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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the poison..
3 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews


Maniac is a character driven mini-series about two unique personas that decides to go under a scientific experiment and finds themselves bonding and exploring a newer world together. Created by Fukunaga and Sommerville, this sci-fi drama won't let you think that it is merely a series, for its set-pieces, production and art design along with jaw dropping visual effects gives you the apt cinematic experience.

Along with these rich technical aspects, its comic based background score and stunning cinematography celebrates and justifies this tricky and twisted concept. The narrative is often stretched and too thin, but has gripping and adaptive structure to hold on to and since its premise allows it to jump from one illusion to another, its sub-plots and short stories are enough to attain the satisfying closure in each episodes.

The zest to tell an honest and uncompromising tale fuels this sometimes emotionally shallow drama into a more raunchy and gut wrenching tale whose credit goes to none other than Fukunaga whose precision is far beyond one's imagination, he can easily surprise you through his sharp insight of the character's perspective. His creative world actually runs on subconscious thoughts and the major strength of his, is to not only fiddling with those characters but also the viewers where the entire frame of the screen along with props and background score that are used competently.

Stone has emotions on the surface and with her expressive portrayal of a disturbed girl is amazing and on the other hand Hill is more reserved and subtle and addition to that, the supporting cast like Theroux and Field too delivers. The dark humor that runs smoothly which not only draws laugh but can scare you at times, the sweat drop precision of Fukunaga and the metaphorical concept that literally is imputed in each frame, are the high points of the mini-series.

Exactly Like You

The detailed work which could have easily been abbreviated usually ought not to work, but this bold venture of the characters thrives on these imaginations full of cheat and tricks that has the potential to elaborate the higher concept into a Layman's term.

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