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Doctor Faustus -- Richard Burton (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) plays an aging scholar who bargains with the devil for youth, knowledge and the dazzling charms of Elizabeth Taylor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof).


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Release Date:
6 February 1968 (USA) See more »
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Richard Burton ... Doctor Faustus

Elizabeth Taylor ... Helen

Andreas Teuber ... Mephistophilis
Ram Chopra ... Valdes
Richard Carwardine ... Cornelius
Patrick Barwise ... Wagner
Michael Menaugh ... Good Angel / Bishop (as Michael Meneaugh)

Richard Durden ... Evil Angel / Knight (as Richard Durden-Smith)
David McIntosh ... Lucifer
Jeremy Eccles ... Belzebub
Gwydion Thomas ... Lechery

Ian Marter ... Pride / Emperor
Nicholas Loukes ... Envy / Cardinal of Lorraine
Adrian Benjamin ... Pope
Elizabeth O'Donovan ... Empress
Ambrose Coghill ... Avarice
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Maria Aitken ... Sloth (uncredited)
Carolyn Bennitt ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jeremy Chandler ... Attendant (uncredited)
Bridget Coghill ... Gluttony (uncredited)
Nevill Coghill ... Professor (uncredited)
Sheila Dawson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Richard Harrison ... Professor (uncredited)
Jacqueline Harvey ... Dancer (uncredited)
Richard Heffer ... Disciple #1 (uncredited)
Valerie James ... Idleness (uncredited)
Anthony Kaufman ... Professor (uncredited)
Angus McIntosh ... Rector Magnificus (uncredited)
Petronella ... Gluttony (uncredited)
Renzo Pevarello ... Wrath (uncredited)
John Sandbach ... Boy Turned Into Hind (uncredited)
Sebastian Walker ... Idiot (uncredited)
Jane Wilford ... Nun / Court Lady (uncredited)
Julian Wontner ... Professor (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Burton 
Nevill Coghill 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nevill Coghill 
Wolf Mankowitz  co-writer (uncredited)
Christopher Marlowe  play "The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus"

Produced by
Richard Burton .... producer
Richard McWhorter .... producer
Original Music by
Mario Nascimbene 
Cinematography by
Gábor Pogány 
Film Editing by
John Shirley 
Production Design by
John DeCuir 
Art Direction by
Boris Juraga 
Set Decoration by
Dario Simoni 
Costume Design by
Peter J. Hall 
Production Management
Guy Luongo .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gus Agosti .... assistant director
Art Department
Fernando Valento .... construction manager
Italo Tomassi .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Aldred .... sound
David Hildyard .... sound
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Gerald Larn .... matte painter (uncredited)
Nicola Di Gioia .... stunt performer
Cristea Traian .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Penn .... still photographer
Music Department
Mario Nascimbene .... musical director
Other crew
Jacqueline Harvey .... choreographer
Carlo Lastricati .... production assistant (uncredited)
Elaine Schreyeck .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (video rating) | UK:X (original rating) (1990) | USA:Unrated
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One of five collaborations of actor Richard Burton and producer Richard McWhorter. The films include Becket (1964), Doctor Faustus (1967), The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) the latter of which was the only non-period costumer picture.See more »
Continuity: When Faustus anoints his head with blood there is one mark on his forehead, but when he is conjuring Mephistophilis, there are two blood marks.See more »
Doctor Faustus:[speaking about Helen of Troy] Was this the face that launched a thousand ships and burnt the topless towers of Illium? Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss!See more »
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Referenced in How I Created Doctor Faustef (2008) (V)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A typical Richard Burton movie..., 29 June 2001
Author: Rich Meyer ( from Saint Clair, Pennsylvania

One thing about Richard Burton...the movies he makes are never mediocre. They are either very good or very bad.

I'm not sure on which end that Doctor Faustus falls. It wasn't exactly what I expected...Burton's adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's play on the legend of Faust. The sets and much of the cinematography is masterful...the problem is the script, which is done completely in Old English and in virtual iambic pentameter, which makes it very hard for the average person to understand.

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