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Director:
Writers:
Lee Frost (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
19 July 1972 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They transplanted a white bigot's head on a soul brother's body! See more »
Plot:
Doctors are forced to transplant the head of a dying, racist surgeon onto the body of a black death row inmate. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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).* See more (39 total) »

Cast

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Ray Milland ... Maxwell Kirshner

Roosevelt Grier ... Jack Moss (as 'Rosey' Grier)

Don Marshall ... Dr. Fred Williams

Roger Perry ... Dr. Philip Desmond

Chelsea Brown ... Lila

Kathrine Baumann ... 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

Rick Baker ... Gorilla
Phil Hoover ... Policeman
Rod Steele ... Medical Salesman
Michael Viner ... Prison Guard

William Smith ... Hysterical Condemned Man

Jerry Butler ... Prison Guard
George E. Carey ... Mitch

Tommy Cook ... Priest
Albert Zugsmith ... Cameo Appearance
Dick Whittington ... TV Newscaster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ron Gans ... Reporter in Tan Coat (uncredited)

Joan Prather ... Nurse (uncredited)
Ray Sebastian ... Policeman in Car 219 (uncredited)

Directed by
Lee Frost 
 
Writing credits
Lee Frost (screenplay) &
Wes Bishop (screenplay) and
James Gordon White (screenplay)

Lee Frost (story) and
Wes Bishop (story)

Produced by
Wes Bishop .... producer
John Lawrence .... executive producer
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Robert O. Ragland 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Steely 
 
Production Management
Roger Gentry .... production manager
 
Sound Department
George Porter .... re-recording mixer
Edward Schryver .... post-production sound supervisor
Clark Will .... production sound
 
Special Effects by
Gail Brown .... head re-creator: Mr. Milland and Mr. Grier
Thomas R. Burman .... head re-creator: Mr. Milland and Mr. Grier (as Tom Burman)
Pete Peterson .... head re-creator: Mr. Milland and Mr. Grier
Charles H. Schram .... head re-creator: Mr. Milland and Mr. Grier (as Charles Schram)
Daniel C. Striepeke .... head re-creator: Mr. Milland and Mr. Grier (as Dan Striepeke)
James Gordon White .... head re-creator: Mr. Milland and Mr. Grier (as James White)
Rick Baker .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bud Ekins .... stunt coordinator (as 'Bud' Ekins)
Paul Nuckles .... stunt coordinator
Dick Durock .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry Deats .... key grip
Charles Minsky .... assistant camera (as Chuck Minsky)
Edward Schryver .... assistant camera
Larry Wallace .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ed Forsyth .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
David Angel .... arranger: additional music
David Angel .... composer: additional music
Porter Jordan .... arranger: additional music
Porter Jordan .... composer: additional music
Michael Viner .... music producer
Michael Viner .... music supervisor
Michael Viner .... musical director
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Cadvan Griffiths .... medical advisor (as Dr. Cadvan Griffiths)
Fred Nyquist .... assistant to producer
Rod Steele .... medical advisor
David Sheldon .... production executive (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Beast with Two Heads" - , USA (working title)
"The Man with Two Heads" - , USA (working title)
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Runtime:
91 min
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Goofs:
Continuity: The make of the police car changes during the car/motorcycle chase. When it's hit from behind and the trunk won't close, it's a Ford. Later, the same car is a Dodge with its trunk open. Soon after, it turns back into a Ford.See more »
Quotes:
Jack Moss:[Kirshner's head smokes a cigarette. The smoke comes out of Jack's mouth. Disgusted he removes the cigarette from Kirshner's mouth] Hey man, don't be smoking a cigarette while I'm eating!See more »
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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
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
Author: angus_dei (diannuc@uvi.edu) from St. Thomas, USVI

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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