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The Abominable Dr. Phibes -- A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Dr. Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death.


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18 May 1971 (USA) See more »
HE CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD FOR REVENGE with Nine Diabolical Curses ... BEES ... BATS ... BEASTS ... BLOOD ... FROGS ... HAIL ... LOCUSTS ... DARKNESS ... DEATH! THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES ... the most terrifying film you will ever see! See more »
A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Dr. Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vincent Price ... Dr. Anton Phibes

Joseph Cotten ... Dr. Vesalius

Hugh Griffith ... Rabbi

Terry-Thomas ... Dr. Longstreet
Virginia North ... Vulnavia
Peter Jeffrey ... Inspector Trout
Derek Godfrey ... Crow
Norman Jones ... Sgt. Tom Schenley
John Cater ... Superintendent Waverley
Aubrey Woods ... Goldsmith

John Laurie ... Darrow
Maurice Kaufmann ... Dr. Whitcombe
Barbara Keogh ... Mrs. Frawley
Sean Bury ... Lem Vesalius
Susan Travers ... Nurse Allen
David Hutcheson ... Dr. Hedgepath
Edward Burnham ... Dr. Dunwoody
Alex Scott ... Dr. Hargreaves
Peter Gilmore ... Dr. Kitaj
Alan Zipson ... 1st Police Official
Dallas Adams ... 2nd Police Official
James Grout ... Sergeant
Alister Williamson ... 1st Policeman
Thomas Heathcote ... 2nd Policeman

Ian Marter ... 3rd Policeman
Charles Farrell ... Chauffeur
Julian Grant ... 4th Policeman
John Franklyn ... Graveyard Attendant
Walter Horsbrugh ... Butler - Ross
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joanna Lumley ... Laboratory assistant (scenes deleted)
Paul Frees ... Singer of 'The Darktown Strutters' Ball' (voice) (uncredited)

Caroline Munro ... Victoria Regina Phibes (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Fuest 
Writing credits
James Whiton (written by) &
William Goldstein (written by)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Ronald Dunas .... producer (as Ronald S. Dunas)
Louis M. Heyward .... producer
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Basil Kirchin 
Cinematography by
Norman Warwick (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tristam Cones 
Casting by
Sally Nicholl 
Art Direction by
Bernard Reeves 
Makeup Department
Trevor Crole-Rees .... makeup artist
Bernadette Ibbetson .... hairdresser
Production Management
Richard F. Dalton .... production manager (as Richard Dalton)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Ernst .... assistant director
Gary White .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Chris Burke .... assistant art director (as Christopher Burke)
Brian Eatwell .... set designer
George Gunning .... construction manager
Rex Hobbs .... property master
Michael Finlay .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Peter Lennard .... dubbing editor
A.W. Lumkin .... recording director
Ken Nightingall .... sound assistant
Dennis Whitlock .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
George Blackwell .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Birtles .... supervisory electrician
Steve Claydon .... assistant camera
Godfrey A. Godar .... camera operator (as Godfrey Godar)
John Jay .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elsa Fennell .... wardrobe
Music Department
Basil Kirchin .... music arranger
Jack Nathan .... music arranger
Jack Nathan .... music associate
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity
James H. Nicholson .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dr. Phibes" - USA (promotional title)
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Rated PG-13 for some horror violence/gore (re-release)
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M (DVD rating) | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Norway:16 (1972) | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:GP (original rating) (Approved No. 22889) | USA:PG-13 (re-release) | West Germany:16

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The first word of dialogue is not spoken until over ten minutes into the movie.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Virginia North smiles broadly as she dances with Vincent Price. Her face is concealed most of the time, but if you look closely, you can see her face for a moment, and she is clearly trying not to laugh at Vincent Price's deliberately camp performance.See more »
[first lines]
Butler - Ross:Good morning Sir.
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38 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Dr. Phibes = horror like it should be, 24 December 2003
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

There are several actors in cinema that give away terrific performances all the time...No matter what role their cast in, they're always believable and impressive. But then, even beyond that, there are some actors who're just BORN to play certain role!! And that's the theory could be stated by Vincent Price in the Abominable Dr. Phibes. It's impossible to imagine this mad murderer being played by anyone else. Price IS Dr. Phibes and he makes the most of his role here. A truly powerful and fascinating performance that yet has to find its equal. Even if you're not into horror, I would recommend The Abominable Dr. Phibes if it were only for really is an acting job every self-respected fan of cinema should acknowledge.

But The Abominable Dr. Phibes is much more than just a 'tour-de-force' by Price. It stands as one of the most entertaining and original horror movies ever made. It's an innovating movie in every way you look at it and - like none other - it passed the test of time. The film is over 30 years now and it still looks refreshing and extremely cool. To me personally, the single title also sums up several reasons to proof that horror is the most powerful genre in cinema. First and foremost, it brings together two types of cinema that are hard to amalgamate. Face it, the basic plot of Dr. Phibes is a love-story and a tale about how to deal with the loss of a loved one...Much more than a ravenous psychopath, Dr. Phibes is a hurt romanticist! Secondly - and most teachers will deny this - Dr. Phibes is an educational film!! I guess we've all learned about the Biblical Plagues that overcame the Pharaoh in school, but it'll be much more easy to number and memorize them after you've seen this film. You might even say The Abominable Dr. Phibes is a valuable history lesson. And finally, this movie really proofs to me that horror is the "underdog"-genre in cinema. Do you remember how the plot of Se7en impressed the whole world when it came out in 1995? Both critics and audiences called it innovating, dared and highly original...but were the true horror fans impressed as much? I don't think so because the basic principles the killer in Se7en uses are just a pale tribute to the methods Dr. Anton Phibes employed.

Anyway...I start to sound way too dedicated in my love towards the genre. Basically, what I mean is: The Abominable Dr. Phibes is a perfect horror film and perhaps even one of the most entertaining cinema experiences you'll ever have. Especially when it's your first viewing, Dr. Phibes will be a satisfying purchase. It's a refreshing horror film with adorable British humor and solid acting and directing. The whole thing is just a chain of brilliant sequences. Almost impossible to determinate a few highlights...the entire movie is one HUGE highlight!!

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