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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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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
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 | 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:
Vincent Price said Joseph Cotten was very uncomfortable doing his scenes, so he intentionally made a lot of funny faces to make him laugh.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The rotating speaker effect, heard on the organ at the beginning of the film, was invented in 1941.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Butler - Ross:Good morning Sir.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Mad Doctors (1996) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
An ingenious horror classic, 22 December 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

The Abominable Dr Phibes has achieved quite a cult status among horror fans, and for good reason; as this is one of the finest pieces of camp horror ever produced. The villain at the centre of the film - Dr Phibes - is one of horror cinema's true villainous masterpieces. Unlike many of the not very well thought out villains that we see all too much of today, Dr Phibes is well-rounded concoction of evil. He has his reasons for killing - revenge, his killings certainly aren't boring by any stretch of the imagination and even the man himself IS horror, as he's a horrifically scarred madman that can only talk through use of a microphone connected to his throat. He surrounds himself with horrid looking camp items and has no care whatsoever for his fellow man. However, despite all these bad points that the man has - we are still able to care for his plight somewhat. Phibes isn't someone that just kills for the fun of it; he's distraught over the loss of his beloved, which puts the audience in a strange situation as we have decide whether or not there is a human being beyond this malicious facade. This madman is played by Vincent Price - who else? Price was born for this role and he makes it his own. Price embeds himself on your mind with this performance and it's impossible to imagine anyone else playing Dr Phibes; and that is a sign of a great actor. Price has played many roles in the style of this character, but this is his best and I'd even go as far as to say that this is the quintessential Price performance.

The plot of The Abominable Dr Phibes follows the man of the title as he gets revenge on the doctors that he believes killed his wife after she was fatally injured in a tragic car accident (the same accident that got Phibes his own injuries). However, Phibes doesn't want to get his revenge by any normal means. Guns, knives, axes etc are alien to this man, as he decides to take his revenge in the style of the ten deadly plagues of Egypt. The deaths scenes are ingenious to say the least, with the death in the style of the seventh plague being a particular highlight, which is sure to delight everyone that sees it. The film isn't entirely serious, and is keen to make fun of it's delicious plot. Peter Jeffrey, who plays the bumbling Inspector Trout who is assigned to the case is the source of most of the comedy and steals every scene he's in. The comedy in the film is hilarious and provides a nice breather from macabre horror.

The Abominable Dr Phibes is most notable for it's extreme camp style and has been touted as the campest film ever made by some critics. There is a very good reason for this assessment, as anyone that views it will be able to clearly see; but The Abominable Dr Phibes is more than just a camp horror film. Beyond it's horrors, it's a heart-warming tale of how a man deals with losing a loved one and is actually quite touching because of this. Well, maybe not touching; but the theme of loss is definitely there!

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