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The Thing with Two Heads (1972)

 -  Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  19 July 1972 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Maxwell Kirshner
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Jack Moss (as 'Rosey' Grier)
Don Marshall ...
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 ...
Police Sergeant
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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The doctor blew it--the most fantastic medical experiment of the age. See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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19 July 1972 (USA)  »

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The Beast with Two Heads  »

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During the big police-car/motorcycle chase, in a POV shot from the motorcycle, the stunt driver (who looks nothing like any of the characters on the bike) is on the right side of the screen, with the camera shooting over his left shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Lila: get some sleepbaby, I'll wake you once dinner's ready
Jack Moss: let's just stay here a little while
Lila: Now come on honey, I got to start dinner
Jack Moss: You don't have to start now, why don't you start it later?
Lila: [hesitant] Oh come on Jack I... I
[she glances at Kirshner]
Jack Moss: Is he bothering you? I'll cover his head with a pillowcase.
Dr. Maxwell Kirshner: [with disgust] You must be joking! Is that all you people think about?
Lila: [with disgust] It's no use honey, maybe when I get used to it
[walks off]
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Composed and Performed by Porter Jordan
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Grier and Milland team up for a cinematic tour de force.
2 November 2006 | by (Subcrust Base 955 - Venus) – See all my reviews

This movie took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions and left me entirely drained. There are some people who believe that art can change people's lives. "The Thing With Two Heads" has probably changed my life. After seeing the terrible ordeal endured by the title character, The Thing With Two Heads, I am now less worried by everyday, mundane problems and more focused on the true meaning of life. And, like every great work of art, "The Thing With Two Heads" helps us understand our human condition and question our role in the universe.

How could The Academy have overlooked Rosey Grier's performance in this film? I can only assume Marlon Brando had done his share of brown nosing after the release of "The Godfather" to edge out superior performances by lesser-known talent, such as Grier's performance in "The Thing With Two Heads." An under-rated classic. 10/10


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