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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Excellent take on a classic story! See more (21 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)

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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With the film's title, The Doctor and the Devils, the "Doctor" refers to Dr Thomas Rock (based on the real life Doctor Knox) whilst "The Devils" refers to the films' grave-robber characters Robert Fallon and Timothy Broom, who are based on the real life Burke and Hare (i.e. William Burke and William Hare).See more »
Quotes:
Doctor Thomas Rock:I don't need any friends, I prefer enemies. They're better company and their feelings towards you are always genuine.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Flesh and the Fiends (1960)See more »
Soundtrack:
TAINTED HANDSSee more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Excellent take on a classic story!, 24 October 2007
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

The story of Burke and Hare is one of horror's all time classics and has inspired some great films such as The Flesh and the Fiends and The Body Snatcher, among many others. The story is absolutely rife with intrigue; we have a central murder plot, plus the reasons behind the murder as well as the whole 'morality vs science' issue that runs throughout. The film has a period setting which it carries off very well, and the excellent cast all turn in great performances which helps to ensure that The Doctor and the Devils always feels like a very polished and professional production. The names used in this movie are not the real life names of the people involved - for some reason, Doctor Knox has become Doctor Rock and Burke and Hare are now Broom and Fallon, but anyone that knows the story of Burke and Hare will know what to expect. We focus on two criminals that realise they can make a killing by killing people and selling the fresh bodies to the local Doctor for seven sovereigns a time. It soon becomes clear to the doctor that the bodies aren't being taken from graves, yet he continues to accept them to test on...

The Doctor and the Devils is not the best film to be based on this classic story; though I have not seen every film it inspired, I am sure that The Flesh and the Fiends remains the best; though this is certainly an excellent take on it. The film is directed by one of Hammer's best directors, Freddie Francis, and Francis creates the period style excellently; there is nothing about the setting or atmosphere of this film that doesn't make you think that it's all taking place in the Victorian era. The cast is excellent also. The fourth James Bond, Timothy Dalton, takes the central role of the doctor and delivers an excellent performance. He doesn't do the role as well as Peter Cushing did in the 1959 take on this story...but few matches up to Cushing. The duo of Stephen Rea and Jonathan Pryce are the gravediggers/murderers and make up the core of the film excellently. The rest of the cast is padded out by Julian Sands and Twiggy in smaller but important roles. Overall, The Doctor and the Devils is an excellent and sadly overlooked take on the classic story of Burke and Hare and while it may not be easy to come by - this one is certainly worth the effort!

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