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Burke & Hare (1972)

R  |   |  Horror  |  3 February 1972 (UK)
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Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves.

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Marie
Yutte Stensgaard ...
Janet
Robin Hawdon ...
Lord Angus McPhee
Alan Tucker ...
Arbuthnot
Dee Shenderey ...
Mrs. Burke
Joan Carol ...
Madame Thompson
Paul Greaves ...
Ferguson
David Pugh ...
James Hayter ...
Dr. Selby
Thomas Heathcote ...
Paterson
Duncan Lamont ...
Dr. Saint
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Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves.

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The pimps and the prostitutes and the body-snatchers. The brothels and dens of iniquity.

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3 February 1972 (UK)  »

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The Bodysnatchers  »

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Final feature film of Frederick Piper. See more »

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When "Daft Jamie" is being shown at the medical school, in the close up of his foot, his toe's move. See more »

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Version of The Flesh and the Fiends (1960) See more »

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Wi' a Hundred Pipers
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A Great Interpretation of the Classic Legend
10 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves.

What you might recall about this film more than anything else is its theme song, which is certainly rather fun and moving. Bringing this tale to life is important and a great addition to horror cinema. Sure, it had been done before as "The Body Snatcher" and "The Flesh and the Fiends"... but it is my understanding that this was the first to be so explicit in the title.

The film also asks another question, perhaps philosophical or ethical: do dead bodies have value? Certainly murder is a terrible crime, but what of people who died naturally? Certainly their owners do longer need them -- why not be taken for medical science? (We now have donor cards and the like, but indeed, how were surgeons to learn their craft without practice?)


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