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The Thing with Two Heads (1972)

A rich but racist man is dying and hatches an elaborate scheme for transplanting his head onto another man's body. His health deteriorates rapidly, and doctors are forced to transplant his ... See full summary »

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Maxwell Kirshner
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Jack Moss (as 'Rosey' Grier)
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Dr. Fred Williams
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Dr. Philip Desmond
Chelsea Brown ...
Lila
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Patricia (as Kathy Baumann)
John Dullaghan ...
Thomas
John Bliss ...
Donald
Bruce Kimball ...
Police Lieutenant
Jane Kellem ...
Miss Mullen
Lee Frost ...
Sergeant Hacker
Wes Bishop ...
Dr. Smith
Roger Gentry ...
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Britt Nilsson ...
Nurse
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Gorilla
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A rich but racist man is dying and hatches an elaborate scheme for transplanting his head onto another man's body. His health deteriorates rapidly, and doctors are forced to transplant his head onto the only available candidate: a black man from death row. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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And now with the fights, the Fuzz, the chicks and the choppers...Man, they're really in deeeeep trouble! See more »

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19 July 1972 (USA)  »

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The Beast with Two Heads  »

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During the police chase at least one of the police officers shoulder patch is reversed (mirror image), as the the film was flipped. See more »

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Jack Moss: [revs the motocross bike] ready?
Dr. Maxwell Kirshner: You're going to get us all killed!
[Jack drives off on the bike]
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Featured in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

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Oh Happy Day
Written by Philip Doddridge and Edward F. Rimbault, arranged by Edwin Hawkins
Performed by Mike Curb Congregation (as The Mike Curb Congregation)
Courtesy of MGM Records
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The head of a dying white bigot (Ray Milland) is transplanted onto the body of a black convict on death row (Rosey Grier).*
17 August 1998 | by (St. Thomas, USVI) – See all my reviews

The Thing with Two Heads is a remarkable movie. The plot is, in a word, ludicrous. Ray Milland is nothing short of brilliant, and Rosey Grier holds his own. As far as I know, the movie was shot without going over the budget. One infers that Milland and Grier were able to keep straight faces during the shooting; this alone stands as testament to their professionalism as actors. The aforementioned plot is reason enough to watch this movie, which, despite understandably high expectations, will not disappoint. I rarely watch a movie more than once. The Thing with Two Heads is an exception. It's hard to say what I like best about the movie. The interchanges between Milland and Grier are humorous; they would almost qualify as banter. The special effects are unpretentious, even sublime. The movie may seem dated (it becomes quickly obvious that the shooting took place in the early 70's), but this only adds to its charm. I recommend its viewing highly.


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