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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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Director:
Writers:
James Whiton (written by) &
William Goldstein (written by)
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Release Date:
18 May 1971 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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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Tongue-in-cheek horror and lots of Art Deco... See more (108 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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
 
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 Clayton .... 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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some horror violence/gore (re-release)
Runtime:
94 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M (DVD rating) | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | 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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Trivia:
Virginia North appeared in a play in London called "Council of Love," in which she was silent throughout her performance. "I played the daughter of the devil," she told the Associated Press in 1971. "I'd go around and do terrible things. The people who made the movie saw me in the play and decided I was what they wanted. You might say I was ready made for the movie part."See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: You can clearly see wire attached to the flying bat.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Butler - Ross:Good morning Sir.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Saw VI (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
You Stepped out of a DreamSee more »

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32 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Tongue-in-cheek horror and lots of Art Deco..., 31 August 1999
Author: Charles B. Owen from East Lansing, MI

This film would have probably been horrible had they taken themselves seriously. Fortunately, they didn't and, consequently, created a fascinating and entertaining festival of murder, revenge, and Art Deco set design. Vincent Price is Phibes, a brilliant organist and acoustic expert who's wife dies during an operation. He seeks to avenge her death by killing all 9 members of the operating team in creative and extravagant ways. You know the murders will take place, but you're fascinated at how they are done. It's like watching a master at work and all of the murders are works of art. By the end of the movie you'll find yourself rooting for Phibes.

Price is at his best at Phibes. Phibes requires a machine to speak, so Price is effectively miming to the dialog, but he does it so well. The performance of Virginia North as the silent, yet deadly, Vulnavia is particularly interesting. She plays the murderer's sidekick and is always beautiful and mysterious.

One of the most wonderful elements of this film is the Art Deco set and costume design. Every scene just oozes with elegance.

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. No, it's not Gone With the Wind, but it's fun and fascinating just the same, sort of a candy movie. I highly recommend it.

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