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Burke & Hare -- William Burke and William Hare were a pair of enterprising street thugs who provided anatomical specimens to the Edinburgh Medical College--often by robbing the graves of the recently dead (In HD).
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The pimps and the prostitutes and the body-snatchers. The brothels and dens of iniquity.
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Lesser known but effective retelling of a horror classic! See more (6 total) »


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Derren Nesbitt ... Burke

Harry Andrews ... Dr. Knox
Glynn Edwards ... Hare
Yootha Joyce ... Mrs. Hare

Françoise Pascal ... 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 ... Daft Jamie
James Hayter ... Dr. Selby
Thomas Heathcote ... Paterson
Duncan Lamont ... Dr. Saint
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Anderson ... Client in Brothel
Roger Avon ... Second Guard
Stewart Bevan ... Bruce
Victor Brooks ... Butler
John J. Carney ... Guard MacKenzie
Susan Coates ... Polly
Noel Coleman ... Fire Chief (as Noël Coleman)
Brian Croucher ... Client in Brothel
Maudie Edwards ... Woman Passer-by
Caron Gardner ... Maggie
Charles Houston ... Barman
Alan Judd ... Mr. Murdoch
Paul Luty ... Cruncher
Reg Lye ... Old Joe
Roy Macready ... Merrilees
Lindsay Marsh ... Liz
Stanley McGeagh ... Sergeant MacTavish (as Stanley McCeagh)
John Moore ... Boy
Kerry Nesbitt ... Flora
Ken Parry ... Fat Man in Brothel
Christine Pilgrim ... Rosie
Frederick Piper ... Lodger
Joan Rhodes ... Hairy Mary
Bill Shine ... Landlord
Madoline Thomas ... Mary Doherty
Kenneth Thornett ... Councillor Gordon
Bob Todd ... Guard Campbell
Jerold Wells ... Landlord
Katya Wyeth ... Natalie (as Katya Wyath)
Caroline Yates ... Annie
Lewis Alexander ... Brothel Patron (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Onlooker (uncredited)
Walter Henry ... Market Trader (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ... Maid (uncredited)
Jonathan Moore ... The Boy (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Gent at market stall (in top hat) (uncredited)

Directed by
Vernon Sewell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ernle Bradford 

Produced by
Guido Coen .... producer
Kenneth Shipman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Roger Webb 
Cinematography by
Desmond Dickinson 
Film Editing by
John Colville 
Art Direction by
Scott MacGregor 
Makeup Department
Tony Sforzini .... chief makeup artist
Barbara Sutton .... hair stylist
Ricky Rickaby .... make-up (uncredited)
Production Management
David Griffith .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Corbett .... assistant director
Michael Murray .... third assistant director
Art Department
Don Picton .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Barry Copland .... sound recordist (as Barry Copeland)
Special Effects by
Pat Moore .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Jones .... camera operator
Terry Winfield .... focus puller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arthur Newman .... chief wardrobe master
Mary Gibson .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Music Department
The Scaffold .... music performers: title song
Other crew
Betty Harley .... continuity
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing director
A.L. Palmer .... title background designer
Paddy Ryan .... fight sequence arranger
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The Bodysnatchers" - USA (alternative title)
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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Canada:AA (Ontario) | UK:X | UK:15 (DVD) | USA:R

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Final feature film of Frederick Piper.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Lesser known but effective retelling of a horror classic!, 6 July 2008
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

While not as well known as the likes of Dracula and Frankenstein, the tale of Burke and Hare is still undoubtedly one of horror's classics (even more so for the fact that it's based on actual events!). There has been an impressive amount of films based on this story - the classic 1945 film The Body Snatcher being the best and closely followed by The Flesh and the Fiends and The Doctor and The Devils. Horrors of Burke and Hare is a somewhat more obscure film version, and while that's not surprising considering the competition - this is still a good take on the classic story and surely deserves to be better known! The film would appear to stick to the story quite closely and doesn't bring anything new to the table that wasn't already seen in previous versions. We follow two paupers, Burke and Hare, who soon realise that there is money to be made by delivering bodies to the local doctor. It's not long, however, before they realise that there's only so many dead bodies available and later set out to make some bodies of their own...

The film is directed by British director Vernon Sewell, who previously made The Blood Beast Terror and The Curse of the Crimson alter. This film is undoubtedly better than both of those. While previous films based on this story have put their focus mainly on either the grave robbers or the doctor; this one is happier to broaden its scope and focus on not only both of these, but also things as well. This would not be a flaw if the point of the film still shone through effectively; but unfortunately this is not the case and big chunks of the story and its implications are left out. There also some confusion over exactly what style the director was going for; as the film takes on a very macabre tone at first, which works well, while at other times we are shown how much fun the lead characters are having (courtesy of an upbeat pop song!). The director does present his story very well, however, and the locations used all fit the tale very well. Unlike previous and later versions of this story, this one doesn't feature any real big stars, although all the main players are effective in their roles. Overall, if you're looking for a film based on this story; there are better ones out there, but this one is still worth seeing!

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