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Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype (1980)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Horror  |  October 1980 (USA)
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An ugly, misshapen podiatrist ingests a formula made by a colleague and turns into a handsome, devil-may-care (but violent) ladies' man.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Henry Heckyl / Mr. Hype
Coral Careen
Miss Finebum
Virgil Frye ...
Lt. Mack Druck - 'Il Topo'
Mel Welles ...
Dr. Vince Hinkle
Kedrick Wolf ...
Dr. Lew Hoo (as Kedric Wolfe)
Sgt. Fleacollar
Corinne Calvet ...
Pizelle Puree
Sharon Compton ...
Mrs. Quivel
Denise Hayes ...
Liza Rowne
Clutch Cooger
Irsil / Orson
Jack Warford ...
Herringbone Flynn
Lucretia Love ...
Debra Kate
Ben Frommer ...
Sgt. Gurnisht Hilfn


An ugly, misshapen podiatrist ingests a formula made by a colleague and turns into a handsome, devil-may-care (but violent) ladies' man.

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Oliver Reed (Dr. Heckyl / Mr. Hype) previously appeared in The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960), another adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Henry Heckyl: I don't have to see the fear in their eyes, I can feel them cringing. I can feel them shrinking from my face. My one and only, old, unfortunate face. What they never see is the beauty behind my eyes. They only see the colors.
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Fabulous movie, misunderstood by most dunderheads. Way ahead of its time.
4 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm amazed that this movie was ever made and NOT surprised that it wasn't made my any of the big studios -- they're simply too stupid to understand or appreciate it. Everything about this film defies convention, in a smart, funny and effective way. The people who disapprove of this movie are likely the very people whom it is satirizing. The editing, directing, acting and sound editing are marvelous and refreshing. The dialogue is wonderfully acerbic and sarcastic. I only wish I could find in on DVD. As is, the only copy I have is a VHS taped from commercial TV. If you get the chance to to see it, by all means do. It's a rare pleasure.

UPDATE: Thanks to modern technology, I have now burned my VHS copy to DVD for preservation. As of February, 2006, the film is STILL NOT AVAILABLE anywhere. The viewer who wrote that he saw it on late night TV with Elvira is correct -- that's the copy of the screening I have, complete with her interspersed comments (and cleavage).

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