The Thing with Two Heads (1972) - Plot Summary Poster

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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>
  • In California, the renowned Dr. Maxwell Kirshner is a brilliant transplant surgeon and owner of the Kirshner Transplant Institute. He is dying and develops a technique to transplant his head in another body in a gorilla. Kirshner, who is racist, hires the prominent Dr. Fred Williams to help in his surgery but when he sees that the doctor is black, he unsuccessfully tries to call off the contract. He uses his friendship with the Governor expecting to use the body of a convicted in death row that could donate his body to his experiment instead of being executed. The strong and black inmate Jack Moss accepts the offer expecting to get more thirty days to prove that he is innocent. However Dr. Philip Desmond immediately operates Kirshner and Jack, but he is not able to control Jack that escapes from Kirshner's house. Jack teams-up with his girlfriend Lila and Dr. Fred Williams, who is convinced of his innocence and decides to remove Kirshner's head. But how to find another compatible body for Dr. Kirshner?

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Doctors are forced to transplant the head of a dying, racist surgeon onto the body of a black death row inmate.


A car pulls into a pathway and up to a vast mansion. A driver gets out and walks to the boot to get out a wheelchair...

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