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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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User Reviews:
Wicked and ingenious See more (114 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)

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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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 | 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Dr. Phibes' first words are spoken 32 minutes into the movie.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Butler - Ross:Good morning Sir.
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Soundtrack:
Over the RainbowSee more »

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16 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Wicked and ingenious, 23 September 2003
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

I've recently "discovered" THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, after avoiding it for so many years because of THEATRE OF BLOOD, which I absolutely hated and since the stories for both films resemble each other and that the star of both films is Vincent Price, I had no desire to see THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES. I finally bought a video of the film on eBay (for a buck) and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES is totally wicked and ingenious. It's the complete opposite of THEATRE OF BLOOD, which was nearly unwatchable. I love everything about DR PHIBES. There's almost nothing wrong with it. Everything is excellent: acting, script, set design, music, etc, are ALL top notch (for its low budget, of course). I can't tell you how much fun I had watching DR PHIBES go about killing his victims in morbid but ingenious ways, along with the help of his beautiful and funny assistant, Vulnavia, with everything culminating in a truly suspenseful climax and an ending that left me giggling and smiling. The whole concept is brilliant. If Stanley Kubrick had directed a horror/black comedy, this is probably how it would look like. The sardonic use of music (it's almost a musical). The wicked screenplay, aptly handled and which never crosses the line into all-out-comedy or all-out-horror. The memorable cast of characters (inspector Trout being my favorite). The timing and the tone of the film are near perfect. Only the occasional "mod" sensibilities seen here and there were incongruous with a story which set around the 1920s.

I've watched THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES four times since I received the video. The first viewing experience was, I admit, an experience filled with apprehension because as the film went along I thought it sorta looked too much like THEATRE OF BLOOD (but not as grubby, more colorful. I now realize TOB is a total rip-off) and it seemed slow and repetitive and wondered if it was going anywhere but slowly and surely, I gradually caught on with the film's wickedly fun atmosphere and by the time the film ended, I was totally knocked-out. PHIBES keeps getting better and better with each subsequent viewing.

This film has been riped off repeatedly these days with other horror films like SAW or even a non-horror films such as V FOR VENDETTA. It's truly mind-boggling how often other filmmakers have taken ideas from PHIBES. Also, I suspect Tim Burton was highly influenced by this flashy black comedy. It, at times, feels a lot like a Tim Burton film, but with an actual strong ending. All in all, I have to give THE ABOMINABLE DR PHIBES a 10.

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