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Dylan Thomas (earlier screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 October 1985 (USA) See more »
Grave robbers supply a doctor with bodies to test on. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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)
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
Erik Karsen Puhm .... commentary (uncredited)

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93 min
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Did You Know?

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 »
Doctor Thomas Rock:I set myself up as a God over death.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Burke and Hare (2010)See more »


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"My name is a ghost to frightened children...", 23 May 2014
Author: utgard14 from USA

Another version of the Burke & Hare grave robber story. On the surface, this one has quite a few interesting things going for it. For starters, the script was based on one originally written in the 1940s by poet Dylan Thomas. That alone would be worth checking any movie out. Then we have, of all people, Mel Brooks producing it even though it's not a comedy at all. Freddie Francis, famed cinematographer and Hammer director, directs this and gives it that sort of throwback Hammer style. That's the film's strongest asset, by the way. To top it all off, there's a nice cast with Timothy Dalton, Jonathan Pryce, Stephen Rea, Julian Sands,, Twiggy.

So, with all of this, why doesn't the movie work better? Well, the main problem is that it's all so drearily serious to the point of being dull. No excitement, no humor, no suspense. It's definitely not a horror movie, either, in case you were led to believe otherwise. Yes the attention to detail and getting the period right is to be acknowledged but it just reminds me why 'realism' is a double-edged sword in films. This looks realistic to the point of being depressing. I won't say you shouldn't see it because it's intriguing enough to warrant a look. But keep expectations low. If you're really jonesing for a grave robber movie, I would suggest you see the Val Lewton/Robert Wise classic The Body Snatcher starring Boris Karloff instead.

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