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The Doctor and the Devils (1985)

In Victorian England, two grave robbers supply a wealthy doctor with bodies to research anatomy on, but greed causes them to look for a more simple way to get the job done. Based on the horrifying Burke and Hare case.

Director:

Freddie Francis

Writers:

Dylan Thomas (earlier screenplay), Ronald Harwood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Dalton ... Doctor Thomas Rock
Jonathan Pryce ... Robert Fallon
Twiggy ... Jennie Bailey
Julian Sands ... Dr. Murray
Stephen Rea ... Timothy Broom
Phyllis Logan ... Elizabeth Rock
Lewis Fiander ... Dr. Thornton
Beryl Reid ... Mrs. Flynn
T.P. McKenna ... O'Connor
Patrick Stewart ... Prof. Macklin
Siân Phillips ... Annabella Rock
Phil Davis ... Billy Bedlam (as Philip Davis)
Philip Jackson ... Andrew Merry-Lees
Danny Schiller Danny Schiller ... Praying Howard
Bruce Green Bruce Green ... Mole
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Storyline

In the nineteenth century, the renowned professor of anatomy Dr. Thomas Rock gives classes to neophyte medicine students at the local university. Dr. Rock uses his assistant Dr. Murray to buy corpses for his experiments from body snatchers paying a little fortune for the cadavers. When the alcoholic scum Robert Fallon and Timothy Broom overhear the conversation of grave-robbers about Dr. Rock, they decide to supply fresher corpses that are worth more to the doctor, killing the poor inhabitants. Dr. Murray has unrequited feelings for the cockney whore Jennie Bailey that usually hangs around with the prostitute Alice. When Dr. Murray discovers that Fallon has just sold the corpse of Alice, he seeks out the worthless Fallon and Broom to stop them from murdering Jennie. Will he arrive in time to save Jennie? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A man of medicine...A pair of murderers...An unholy alliance.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | History | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Médico e os Monstros See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$147,070

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$147,070
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Freddie Francis was appalled to learn that Producer Mel Brooks originally intended to use none of Dylan Thomas' original screenplay, but wanted simply another horror movie about Burke and Hare. Francis insisted on going back to the Thomas script as far as possible, although certain revisions were made by Ronald Harwood. See more »

Goofs

The song Jennie sings in the tavern ("Whisper and I Shall Hear") was not written until 1891, while the Burke and Hare murders on which the film is based took place in 1828. See more »

Quotes

Annabella Rock: Will you look at these invitations? I may have forgotten someone.
Doctor Thomas Rock: Fortunate someone.
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 9 secs to remove a cockfight. See more »

Connections

Version of Mystery and Imagination: The Body Snatcher (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

WHISPER AND I SHALL HEAR
(1891)
Sung by Twiggy
Music by M. Piccolomini
Words by Georgeanne Hubi-Newcombe (as C. Hubi Newcombe)
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Stylish Drama
22 September 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Nineteenth Century, the renowned professor of anatomy Dr. Thomas Rock (Timothy Dalton) gives classes to neophyte medicine students in the local university. Dr. Rock uses his assistant Dr. Murray (Julian Sands) to buy corpses for his experiments from body snatchers paying a little fortune for the cadavers. When the alcoholic scum Robert Fallon (Jonathan Pryce) and Timothy Broom (Stephen Rea) overhear the conversation of grave-robbers about Dr. Rock, they decide to supply fresher corpses that worth more to the doctor, killing the poor inhabitants. Dr. Murray has unrequited feelings for the cockney whore Jennie Bailey (Twiggy) that usually hangs around with the also prostitute Alice (Nichola McAuliffe). When Dr. Murray discovers that Fallon has just sold the corpse of Alice, he seeks out the worthless Fallon and Broom to stop them from murdering Jennie. Will he arrive in time o save Jennie?

"The Doctor and the Devils" is a stylish drama, but not a horror movie. The costumes, sets and art direction are amazing, with a great reconstitution of the period with muddy streets and dirty people. The excellent cast has great performances, with great names of the British cinema and the story is also good. Unfortunately the screenplay is not good and does not offer the adequate pace for this film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): Not Available


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