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4 June 1928 (USA) See more »
A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Conrad Veidt ... Paul Orlac (as Veidt)
Alexandra Sorina ... Yvonne Orlac (as Sorina)
Fritz Strassny ... Der alle Orlac (as Strassny)
Paul Askonas ... Der Diener (as Askonas)
Carmen Cartellieri ... Regine (as Cartellieri)
Hans Homma ... Dr. Serral (as Homma)
Fritz Kortner ... Nera (as Kortner)

Directed by
Robert Wiene 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Louis Nerz 
Maurice Renard  novel

Original Music by
Henning Lohner (1998)
Paul Mercer (2008 re-release)
Cinematography by
Hans Androschin 
Günther Krampf 
Art Direction by
Stefan Wessely 
Hans Rouc (uncredited)
Production Management
Karl Ehrlich .... production manager
Music Department
Lorne Balfe .... music arranger (new score 1998)

Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Aywon Film (1928) (USA) (theatrical) (as 'The Hands of Orlac')
  • Grapevine Video (2004) (USA) (DVD) (as 'The Hands of Orlac')
  • Emerald (2006) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Kino Video (2007) (USA) (DVD) (as 'The Hands of Orlac'; remistered in HD)
  • Shudder (2015) (USA) (video) (streaming)
  • LS Video (????) (USA) (VHS)

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Also Known As:
"Orlacs Hände" - Austria (original title)
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92 min | Germany:90 min | 113 min (restored DVD version) | 105 min (2013 restored version) (20 fps)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Censorship boards in Germany and Austria forbade teenagers from seeing the film despite no mention of adult-only elements in their review of the film.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Orlac reads a newspaper, the headlines are in German but the body in French.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into The History of the Hands (2016)See more »


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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A dark and suspenseful chiller, 4 February 1999
Author: Levana Taylor from Chicago

One of the real classics of Expressionism -- even the Americans think so, to judge from the fact that they've remade it (badly) several times. To be sure, the premise won't stand examination (but then, it's horror), and a modern viewer may find it hard to adjust to the actors' Expressionist grimacing. However, the movie is consistently suspenseful due to its heavy dark atmosphere and communication of mental torment. The fear of one's own body is a dynamite theme if it's as well presented as it is here.

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