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Writers:
Dylan Thomas (earlier screenplay)
Ronald Harwood
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Release Date:
4 October 1985 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Grave robbers supply a doctor with bodies to test on. | Add synopsis »
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Great title, great ambiance. See more (19 total) »

Cast

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Timothy Dalton ... Doctor Thomas Rock

Jonathan Pryce ... Robert Fallon

Twiggy ... Jennie Bailey

Julian Sands ... Dr. Murray

Stephen Rea ... Timothy Broom

Phyllis Logan ... Elizabeth Rock
Lewis Fiander ... Dr. Thornton
Beryl Reid ... Mrs. Flynn

T.P. McKenna ... O'Connor

Patrick Stewart ... Prof. Macklin

Siân Phillips ... Annabella Rock

Philip Davis ... Billy Bedlam

Philip Jackson ... Andrew Merry-Lees
Danny Schiller ... Praying Howard
Bruce Green ... Mole
Toni Palmer ... Rosie

David Bamber ... Cronin
Nichola McAuliffe ... Alice
Deirdre Costello ... Nelly
Terry Neason ... Kate
Paul Curran ... Tom the Porter
Merelina Kendall ... Mrs. Webb

Dermot Crowley ... Mr. Webb
Sarah Melia ... Nora Webb
Stephen Yardley ... Joseph
John Horsley ... Dr. Mackendrick
Jack May ... Dr. Stevens
Rachel Herbert ... Mrs. Stevens

Simon Shepherd ... Harding
David Parfitt ... Billings
Simon Adams ... Green

Jeff Rawle ... Lambert

William Morgan Sheppard ... Landlord
Jennifer Jayne ... Barmaid
Moira Brooker ... Molly the Maid
P.G. Stephens ... Priest
Roy Evans ... Sewerman

Peter Burton ... Customer
Leonard Maguire ... Nightwatchman
Hedger Wallace ... Doctor
Ray Dunbobbin ... Tinker
Martin Herring ... Messenger
Shaun Curry ... Policeman
David Grahame ... Old Man
Kevin Duffield ... Daniel
Ray Armstrong ... Prison Guard
Sam Bartlett ... Prison Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Fielder ... Thug (uncredited)
Samantha Meaton ... Little Girl in Bar (uncredited)
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Directed by
Freddie Francis 
 
Writing credits
Dylan Thomas (earlier screenplay)

Ronald Harwood 

Produced by
Mel Brooks .... executive producer
Geoffrey Helman .... associate producer
Jonathan Sanger .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Morris 
 
Cinematography by
Gerry Turpin 
Norman Warwick 
 
Film Editing by
Laurence Méry-Clark 
 
Casting by
Maggie Cartier 
 
Production Design by
Robert W. Laing 
 
Art Direction by
Brian Ackland-Snow 
 
Set Decoration by
Peter James 
 
Costume Design by
Imogen Richardson 
 
Makeup Department
Miri Ben-Schlomo .... assistant makeup artist
Naomi Donne .... makeup artist
Aileen Seaton .... assistant hair stylist
Sally Sutton .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bennett .... assistant director
Simon Haveland .... third assistant director
Nikolas Korda .... third assistant director
Andrew Warren .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Bob Cross .... construction coordinator
Harry Harrison .... stand-by carpenter
Paul Laugier .... draftsman
John Newman .... stand-by painter
Len Serpant .... stand-by stagehand
Kit Surrey .... assistant art director
Tony Teiger .... property master
Bryn Siddall .... property buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Bond .... dialogue editor
John Iles .... dubbing mixer
Steve O'Brien .... boom operator
Alan Paley .... sound editor
Andrew Sissons .... sound assistant
Jeremy Strachan .... assistant sound editor
Ken Weston .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Alan Bryce .... special effects
Phil Knowles .... special effects assistant (as Philip Knowles)
 
Stunts
Jason White .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Atherfold .... camera grip (as Ken Atherfold)
Wick Finch .... gaffer
Ken Groom .... camera loader
Gordon Hayman .... camera operator
Tom Hilton .... still photographer
Billy Merrell .... electrician (as Bill Merrell)
George Parrish .... best boy
Tim Ross .... camera focus
 
Casting Department
Suzanne Crowley .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norman Dickens .... wardrobe master
Bridget Sellers .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jeremy Gibbs .... first assistant editor
Adam Unger .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
John Morris .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Alan Phillips .... transportation
 
Other crew
Bi Benton .... production coordinator
Beryl Brown .... accountant
Lynne Buckley .... unit nurse
Sophie Dasic .... assistant accountant
Pamela Davies .... script supervisor
Jane Golding .... unit publicist
Philip Morris .... production runner
Derek Whitehurst .... location unit manager
 

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93 min
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Trivia:
Final theatrically released film of director Freddie Francis.See more »
Quotes:
Doctor Thomas Rock:I set myself up as a God over death.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Doctor Ray and the Devils (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
WHISPER AND I SHALL HEARSee more »

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Great title, great ambiance., 27 October 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

This is a grim, oppressive, stylish take on the Burke and Hare story that has also inspired such films as Robert Wises' "The Body Snatcher". As has been pointed out, this production by Mel Brooks's company Brooksfilms is clearly inspired by Hammer films of the past - right down to the use of renowned cinematographer and sometime director Freddie Francis. The look of this film is incredible, with intense period recreation & depictions of squalor, and limited use of colour. The actors couldn't be better; the roles are well cast all the way down the line. It also poses the kind of moral questions that would naturally arise from such a story: just what should be permissible in the pursuit of knowledge and hopefully betterment of mankind? How far is too far; what should constitute the "moral" thing to do? Francis and his cast & crew do a solid, if not altogether memorable, job of putting it all together.

This is based on a 1940s screenplay by the great playwright Dylan Thomas, which was then revised by Ronald Harwood ("The Dresser", "The Pianist"). It stars a distinguished Timothy Dalton as Thomas Rock, a doctor / researcher / instructor frustrated with having to settle for the bodies of hanged men for study purposes. So he's supplied with bodies by grave robbers including despicable lowlifes Robert Fallon (Jonathan Pryce) and Timothy Broom (Stephen Rea), who recognize the profit to be made from such an activity. Now, when it becomes a matter of bodies needing to be as "fresh" as possible, Fallon and Broom turn out to be willing to turn to murder to achieve the right product.

The wonderful group of actors also features Julian Sands as Murray, Rocks' young associate who falls in love with world weary prostitute Jennie Bailey (Twiggy), Phyllis Logan as Rocks' wife, Sian Phillips as his sister, Beryl Reid as old Mrs. Flynn, and Patrick Stewart as Professor Macklin. They're all convincing in the kind of environment that Hammer always created so well. Pryce is a standout as the depraved Fallon of whom even Broom becomes wary, convinced that Fallon is enjoying the act of murder much too much. The tale ultimately turns rather conventional, but it's still a tale well told, and Rock is commendably played as a two- dimensional character, no true villain but a man with his own sense of right and wrong, and an attitude of "the ends always justify the means". Often the most intriguing characters are ones that occupy "grey areas", and Rock is just such a man.

Highly recommended to those who favour the Gothic horror of decades past.

Seven out of 10.

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