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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (1981)

Docteur Jekyll et les femmes (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 17 June 1981 (France)
In 19th century London, a sex maniac sneaks into the engagement party of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Miss Fanny Osbourne, turning the event into a nightmarish whirlpool of murder and debauchery.

Director:

Walerian Borowczyk

Writers:

Walerian Borowczyk (screenplay), Robert Louis Stevenson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Udo Kier ... Dr. Henry Jekyll
Marina Pierro ... Miss Fanny Osbourne
Patrick Magee ... General William Danvers Carew
Gérard Zalcberg ... Mr. Edward Hyde
Howard Vernon ... Dr. Lanyon
Clément Harari Clément Harari ... Reverend Donald Regan Guest
Jean Mylonas Jean Mylonas ... Mr. Utterson
Eugene Braun Munk Eugene Braun Munk ... Mr. Enfield
Louis Colla Louis Colla ... Mr. Maw (as Louis Michel Colla)
Catherine Coste Catherine Coste ... Mrs. Enfield
Rita Maiden ... Lady Osbourne, Fanny's mother
Michèle Maze Michèle Maze
Agnès Daems ... Charlotte Carew, the General's daughter
Magali Noaro Magali Noaro ... Victoria Enfield, the young dancer
Dominique Andersen Dominique Andersen
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Storyline

The film takes place before, during and immediately after the engagement party of Dr.Henry Jekyll and Miss Fanny Osborne, attended by numerous highly respectable guests (a general, a doctor, a priest, a lawyer), the last of which informs the company that a child has been murdered in the street outside. While the others watch a young dancer perform, Dr.Jekyll instructs the lawyer to alter his will, leaving everything to a certain Mr.Hyde. Shortly afterwards, the dancer is found murdered, and the guests realise that one of their number must be a maniac with a prodigious sexual appetite... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Taglines:

Recourse to evil runs rampant against the laws of human restraint.

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 June 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

"Fanny Osbourne" was the name of Robert Louis Stevenson's real life fiancée, who was so shocked by his original draft of "The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde" that Stevenson threw the manuscript into the fire and wrote a completely different story. See more »

Quotes

General: Misfortune follows misfortune. Madame, I have murdered your chauffeur. My humblest apologies.
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Alternate Versions

A UK video release entitled Bloodbath of Dr Jekyll cuts from the opening murder of the little girl to the aftermath of Mr Hyde's later attack on the dancer, deleting some 26 minutes of footage inbetween. See more »

Connections

Version of Jekyll + Hyde (2006) See more »

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Artistic horror
31 December 2003 | by SanguinaireSee all my reviews

This film is, as the other reviewers said, rather like watching a dream. It is interesting to note the subtle changes this film makes on the usual Jekyll/Hyde movie formula: Udo Kier's Dr. Jekyll is not really a benefactor of humanity, but a man who revels in being able to commit horrendous crimes in the guise of his alter ego - actually moving the story closer to R. L. Stevenson's original idea. He preaches a philosophy of going beyond good and evil through science.

Likewise, Hyde commits actually repellent crimes of rape, child abuse, and sadism - making him closer to the idea of "unchained evil" than the more genteel transgressions of other movie Hydes.

Overall - a memorable, beautiful, shocking, film. Well worth seeing.


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