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The Thing with Two Heads (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 19 July 1972 (USA)
Doctors are forced to transplant the head of a dying, racist surgeon onto the body of a black death row inmate.

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Lee Frost (screenplay), Wes Bishop (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Maxwell Kirshner
Roosevelt Grier ... Jack Moss (as 'Rosey' Grier)
Don Marshall ... Dr. Fred Williams
Roger Perry ... Dr. Philip Desmond
Chelsea Brown ... Lila
Kathrine Baumann ... Patricia (as Kathy Baumann)
John Dullaghan ... Thomas
John Bliss ... Donald
Bruce Kimball Bruce Kimball ... Police Lieutenant
Jane Kellem Jane Kellem ... Miss Mullen
Lee Frost Lee Frost ... Sergeant Hacker
Wes Bishop Wes Bishop ... Dr. Smith
Roger Gentry Roger Gentry ... Police Sergeant
Britt Nilsson Britt Nilsson ... Nurse
Rick Baker ... Gorilla
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Storyline

A rich but racist man is dying and hatches an elaborate scheme for transplanting his head onto another man's body. His health deteriorates rapidly, and doctors are forced to transplant his head onto the only available candidate: a black man from death row. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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They share the same body... but hate each other's guts! See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beast with Two Heads See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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The make of the police car changes during the car/motorcycle chase. When it's hit from behind and the trunk won't close, it's a Ford. Later, the same car is a Dodge with its trunk open. Soon after, it turns back into a Ford. See more »

Quotes

Lila: get some sleepbaby, I'll wake you once dinner's ready
Jack Moss: let's just stay here a little while
Lila: Now come on honey, I got to start dinner
Jack Moss: You don't have to start now, why don't you start it later?
Lila: [hesitant] Oh come on Jack I... I
[she glances at Kirshner]
Jack Moss: Is he bothering you? I'll cover his head with a pillowcase.
Dr. Maxwell Kirshner: [with disgust] You must be joking! Is that all you people think about?
Lila: [with disgust] It's no use honey, maybe when I get used to it
[walks off]
[...]
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Stupid but fun
9 April 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

The head of a white bigoted doctor (sadly Ray Milland) is attached to the body of a wrongly convicted black man (Rosey Grier) on Death Row. Unfortunately, Grier's head is still attached. It escapes from a hospital and tries to clear Grier's name while Milland's head tries to take control of the body.

Totally ridiculous AIP movie which bears a more than passing resemblance to 1971's "Incredible Two-Headed Transplant". This movie doesn't take itself too seriously (how could it?) which helps--but only so much.

With the exception of Milland the acting is lousy and the script has howlers that you just can't believe (ex: when Grier's girlfriend first sees him with Milland's head she says, "Honey, I know you don't like answering questions, but HOW did this happen?"). Basically this is a very bad movie but in a good way. The scenes of Milland and Grier arguing are truly funny and there's a very long (at least 20 minutes) but fun chase with tons of police cars chasing Grier/Milland on a motorcycle. Not even remotely good but fun.

Another great line from Grier's girlfriend: "Do you have two of anything else?"


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