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The Thing with Two Heads (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 19 July 1972 (USA)
Doctors are forced to transplant the head of a dying, racist surgeon onto the body of a black death row inmate.

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Jack Moss (as 'Rosey' Grier)
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Patricia (as Kathy Baumann)
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Miss Mullen
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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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They transplanted a white bigot's head on a soul brother's body! 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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Dr. Maxwell Kirshner: Philip, get me another body.
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Referenced in UHF (1989) See more »

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The Thing Theme Police Chase
Composed and Performed by Porter Jordan
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Two Heads Are Better Than One.......Maybe?
26 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

I've seen movies far worse than this offering about a white bigot's head transplanted to a soul brother's body. Yes, indeed the story is ridiculous. Yes, every scene with the "creature" either looks like Rosey Grier with a plastic head on him or Ray Milland uncomfortably close for close-ups. But the film has a certain charm that is undeniable, due in large part to its dated 70's style, its corny almost pathetic dialogue, its incredibly cheap sets and special effects, and of course the entire premise about this two headed monstrosity. Milland and Grier manage to keep straight faces throughout the picture, as do the other thespians concerned. No small feat believe me! The chase scene of 14 police cars chasing the two headed man on a motor bike(which last over 15 minutes) is the centerpiece of the film and sets the mood, pace, and credibility of the film. If you get a chance, see this film and its trailer which is almost as good.


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