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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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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
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Lila
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Patricia (as Kathy Baumann)
John Dullaghan ...
Thomas
John Bliss ...
Donald
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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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They transplanted a white bigot's head on a soul brother's body! See more »

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Comedy | 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 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: Williams! If you cut off my head, that'll be murder!
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Referenced in UHF (1989) See more »

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A Prayer
Written by Jerry Butler and Samuel F. Brown III
Performed by Jerry Butler
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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Some good laughs here!
30 December 2003 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

If you thought THE DEFIANT ONES was the ultimate in forced race relations, try watching this horror classic from "adults only" vets Lee Frost and Wes Bishop! Ray Milland (yes, the same Ray Milland who won a Best Actor Oscar for his excellent turn in 1945's THE LOST WEEKEND) is a brilliant-but-racist brain surgeon who is dying, but has perfected a way to live on through head-transplants. Someone out there decides to teach him a lesson by placing his bigoted noggin on the body of a black convict (former professional football star Rosey Grier). The heads fight, punch each other and go through many other genuinely (and unintentionally) hilarious slapstick scenes. Try not to laugh watching Grier running around or riding on a motorcycle with a ridiculous-looking fake dummy-head planted on his shoulders.

Not to be confused with THE INCREDIBLE TWO HEADED TRANSPLANT (1971) or Andy Milligan's THE MAN WITH TWO HEADS (1972).

Score: 5 out of 10 (Though a MUST for camp aficionados!)


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