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The Thing with Two Heads (1972)

PG  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Maxwell Kirshner
Jack Moss (as 'Rosey' Grier)
Don Marshall ...
Dr. Fred Williams
Dr. Philip Desmond
Chelsea Brown ...
Patricia (as Kathy Baumann)
John Dullaghan ...
John Bliss ...
Bruce Kimball ...
Police Lieutenant
Jane Kellem ...
Miss Mullen
Lee Frost ...
Sergeant Hacker
Wes Bishop ...
Dr. Smith
Roger Gentry ...
Police Sergeant
Britt Nilsson ...


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 <>

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They share the same body... but hate each other's guts! See more »


Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

19 July 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Beast with Two Heads  »

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Dr. Maxwell Kirshner: What the hell is the matter with you, Moss? Get back to bed!
Jack Moss: You jive.
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What a cheesy delight! So many comments for such B-flick!
7 December 2003 | by (Massachosetts) – See all my reviews

Snowed in on an early December 2003 Sunday. Caught this one by accident on cable and couldn't stop watching. What a delightfully cheesy flick. The long chase scene was a howl. As the chase unfolded, you could tell most of the cars weren't even in running condition so they just pushed them off some steep hill to get them to roll and crash. The same car gets wrecked about 6 times again and again. The one liners are a riot. The acting, script and plot is too funny to even consider it legit. I'm surprised this didn't make the Rolling Stone 50 top cult film list. The music and score has that 70's wha-wha, bowchickabownow sound, right up until the end that is, when it suddenly turns Gospel, with Rosy, his old lady and the doctor driving off into the night singing "Oh Happy Days". What a wacky gem from 72! I recommend it if you're snowed in and you've got 90 mins. to kill. Enjoy!

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