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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (1981)
"Docteur Jekyll et les femmes" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  17 June 1981 (France)
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The film takes place before, during and immediately after the engagement party of Dr.Henry Jekyll and Miss Fanny Osborne, attended by numerous highly respectable guests (a general, a doctor... See full summary »

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Eugene Braun Munk
Louis Colla
Catherine Coste
Rita Maiden
Michèle Maze
Agnès Daems
Magali Noaro
Dominique Andersen
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The film takes place before, during and immediately after the engagement party of Dr.Henry Jekyll and Miss Fanny Osborne, attended by numerous highly respectable guests (a general, a doctor, a priest, a lawyer), the last of which informs the company that a child has been murdered in the street outside. While the others watch a young dancer perform, Dr.Jekyll instructs the lawyer to alter his will, leaving everything to a certain Mr.Hyde. Shortly afterwards, the dancer is found murdered, and the guests realise that one of their number must be a maniac with a prodigious sexual appetite... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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"Fanny Osbourne" was the name of Robert Louis Stevenson's real life fiancée , who was so shocked by his original draft of The Strange Case of Doctor Jeckyl and Mr Hyde that Stevenson threw the manuscript into the fire and wrote a completely different story. See more »

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General: Misfortune follows misfortune. Madame, I have murdered your chauffeur. My humblest apologies.
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Version of Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again (1982) See more »

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Artistic horror
31 December 2003 | by (Northern KY, USA) – See all my reviews

This film is, as the other reviewers said, rather like watching a dream. It is interesting to note the subtle changes this film makes on the usual Jekyll/Hyde movie formula: Udo Kier's Dr. Jekyll is not really a benefactor of humanity, but a man who revels in being able to commit horrendous crimes in the guise of his alter ego - actually moving the story closer to R. L. Stevenson's original idea. He preaches a philosophy of going beyond good and evil through science.

Likewise, Hyde commits actually repellent crimes of rape, child abuse, and sadism - making him closer to the idea of "unchained evil" than the more genteel transgressions of other movie Hydes.

Overall - a memorable, beautiful, shocking, film. Well worth seeing.


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