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Dylan Thomas (earlier screenplay)
Ronald Harwood
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4 October 1985 (USA) See more »
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Grave robbers supply a doctor with bodies to test on. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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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The story is inspired by the infamous actions of real grave robbers Burke and Hare as well as other known incidents throughout nineteenth century England and Scotland.See more »
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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 »
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The Doctor and the Devils, 30 September 2006
Author: Scarecrow-88 from United States

"Up the alley and down the street Fallon and Broom sell bones and meat. Fallon's a butcher and Broom's a thief. And Rock's the boy that buys the beef."

At the film's closing, Dr. Thomas Rock(Timothy Dalton)proclaims that he has become a ghost story that frightens children and questioned how it had gotten so far.

A revisionist take on "The Body Snatcher"(..a marvelous film produced by Val Lewton), this film has Dalton portraying a scientist whose skills in anatomy are unsurpassed thanks to his intense study of dead bodies. The law prohibits Rock from using fresh corpses for his research so all he has to use are rotted corpses brought in by grave robbers or criminals hung or animals. He soon enlists the aid of graverobbers Fallon and Broom(Jonathan Pryce and Stephen Rea)to bring him fresh bodies for proper research not knowing they are supplying him with victims they murder. Julian Sands plays Dr. Murray, Rock's assistant, who falls in love with a prostitute named Jennie(Twiggy)and discovers when he goes to see her how Broom and Fallon get their corpses so fresh.

The whole business of delivered bodies provides a special moral dilemma within the story(..which worked quite well in "The Body Snatcher"). Also, the film is quite an indictment on the plight of impoverished "squalor" who lie slowly dying in the streets and alleyways or drift slowly into the abyss of alcoholism. Director Fisher's camera doesn't shy away from the less fortunate as the film seems to show us first-hand their suffering. Dalton's doctor is actually the sympathetic figure in the film in regards to his recognizing the poverty that his colleagues and peers seem to either ignore or just care not to acknowledge. He honestly desires fresh bodies so that he can make a difference in the advancement of the medical profession moving it from the dark Ages to the 19th Century. It's just unfortunate he has to resort to paying graverobbers for specimens. But, the film does recognize(..like in "The Body Snatcher")that Rock knew very well that some of his specimens may've been attained beyond reasonable means. Thomas' sister provides a detrimental problem to the furtherance of his work as she believes his ways are the works of the devil. His wife is also seen as immoral by the sister for she artistically portraits anatomical charts of the human body. Others question Thomas' work as well, specifically Prof. Macklin(Patrick Stewart, whose role and character is underwritten)who wishes for his unusual methods to be grounds for dismissal.

The major moral crisis, though, comes when a deranged Fallon attempts to murder Jennie and is sought after by Dr. Murray where Rock's illegal researching in accepting bodies murdered might soon be discovered. While he only wishes to advance anatomy to save lives, his accepting murdered bodies is indeed considered immoral and unlawful.

While the material of the film might seem familiar, considering it just really feels like a remake of "The Body Snatcher" and is just difficult not to think of the previous film while watching "The Doctor and the Devils", Fisher's marvelous direction makes up for it. Unlike his Hammer years, Fisher doesn't have to hold back. He isn't held down by restrictions and can display the cruel realities of life such as the squalor in the streets as the epidemic it was. The period cinematography feels fresh and completely genuine. It is quite grim and bleak which might put off many with no hope seemingly in sight for many in this film. Fisher keeps the film, for most of the way, on the dreaded streets so that we have a hard time looking away from the truth.

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