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23 September 1988 (USA) See more »
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Two bodies. Two minds. One soul. Separation can be a terrifying thing.
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Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeremy Irons ... Beverly Mantle / Elliot Mantle

Geneviève Bujold ... Claire Niveau (in opening credits) (as Genevieve Bujold)

Heidi von Palleske ... Cary (in opening credits) (as Heidi Von Palleske)
Barbara Gordon ... Danuta

Shirley Douglas ... Laura

Stephen Lack ... Wolleck / Anders Wolleck
Nick Nichols ... Leo
Lynne Cormack ... Arlene
Damir Andrei ... Birchall
Miriam Newhouse ... Mrs. Bookman
David Hughes ... Superintendent
Richard W. Farrell ... Dean of Medicine (as Richard Farrell)
Warren Davis ... Anatomy Class Supervisor
Jonathan Haley ... Beverly, Age 9
Nicholas Haley ... Elliot, Age 9
Marsha Moreau ... Raffaella
Denis Akiyama ... Pharmacist
Dee McCafferty ... Surgeon
Susan Markle ... Operating Room Nurse
Murray Cruchley ... Assisting Surgeon

Jane Luk ... Lecture Hall Nurse
Tita Trevisan ... Furniture Salesman
Jacqueline Hennessy ... Escort Twin

Jill Hennessy ... Escort Twin (as Jillian Hennessy)
David Walden ... Director
Liliane Stillwell ... Wardrobe Person
Denise McLeod ... Art Gallery Lady
Bob Bainborough ... Mr. Glaser
Nick Rice ... MC (as Nicholas Rice)
Joe Matheson ... Sean
Hadley Kay ... Delivery Boy
Cynthia Eastman ... Sobbing Woman
Nora Colpman ... Mrs. Randall
Rena Polley ... Soap Opera Character
Madeleine Atkinson ... Soap Opera Character
John Bayliss ... Performance Double
Graham Evans ... Picture Double
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Cronenberg ... Obstetrician (uncredited)
Alan Gough ... Director / producer of TV soap opera (uncredited)
Jordan-Patrick Marcantonio ... Twin Boy (uncredited)
Julian-Peter Marcantonio ... (uncredited)
Greg Van Riel ... Man in reception (uncredited)

Directed by
David Cronenberg 
 
Writing credits
David Cronenberg (written by) and
Norman Snider (written by)

Bari Wood (book "Twins") and
Jack Geasland (book "Twins")

Produced by
Carol Baum .... executive producer
John Board .... associate producer
Marc Boyman .... producer
David Cronenberg .... producer
Sylvio Tabet .... executive producer
James G. Robinson .... executive producer (uncredited)
Joe Roth .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Suschitzky (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sanders 
 
Casting by
Deirdre Bowen 
 
Production Design by
Carol Spier 
 
Art Direction by
James McAteer 
 
Set Decoration by
Elinor Rose Galbraith 
 
Costume Design by
Denise Cronenberg 
 
Makeup Department
Eva Coudouloux .... make-up/hair: T.V. soap opera
Shonagh Jabour .... makeup artist
Ivan Lynch .... hair designer
Maxine Rennes-Gunderson .... assistant hair stylist (as Maxine Rennes)
Barbara Szablowski .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Gabriella Martinelli .... post-production supervisor
Gabriella Martinelli .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Board .... first assistant director
Cynthia Clayton .... trainee assistant director (as Cyndie Clayton)
Kevin Larstone .... assistant director: T.V. soap opera
Laurie Mirsky .... third assistant director
Izidore K. Musallam .... second assistant director
Peter Carr .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Bannister .... scenic artist
Andrew Chatham .... assistant head carpenter
Kirk Cheney .... construction manager
Ane Christensen .... assistant set dresser
Ying Chung .... carpenter
Brian Clancy .... carpenter
Janet Cormack .... scenic artist
Casey De Snoo .... carpenter
Chris Dutton .... set dresser
J.C. Edwards .... carpenter
Danielle Fleury .... assistant set decorator
Brian Fowler .... carpenter
Christopher Geggie .... lead props (as Chris Geggie)
Brian Gibson .... scenic artist
Peter Grundy .... first assistant art director
David Hamayda .... carpenter
Doug Harlocker .... property master (as Douglas Harlocker)
Jasper Haynes .... carpenter
Jacqui Hemingway .... scenic artist assistant
John Jackson .... carpenter
Gregory P. Keen .... first assistant art director (as Gregory Keen)
John Keenan .... carpenter
Murray Keith .... assistant head carpenter
Alicia Keywan .... supervising art director
Simon Kwasniak .... carpenter
Brian Lumley .... carpenter
Joe Madziak .... carpenter
Rocco Matteo .... art department trainee
Dan McGee .... carpenter
Michael J. Meade .... trainee set decorator (as Michael Meade)
Bruce H. Meredith .... carpenter
Allan Meuse .... carpenter
Jak Oliver .... key scenic artist
Thomas Pearce .... co-head carpenter
John Quesenberry .... carpenter (as J.L. Quesenberry)
Warren Quigley .... scenic artist assistant
Marlene Rain .... property buyer
Malcolm Reid .... carpenter
John Rice .... carpenter
Jacques Rophoz .... carpenter
Myles Roth .... carpenter
Ted Samuels .... carpenter
Al Snikkar .... carpenter
Tim Spencer .... carpenter
Danni Starbuck .... carpenter
Jasna Stefanovic .... art department trainee
Vlasta Svoboda .... first assistant art director
Clive Thomasson .... set dresser
Alexandra Thompson .... art department trainee
Steve Trevella .... carpenter
Jim Veale .... co-head carpenter (as James H. Veale)
Ken Watkins .... second assistant art director
Ian Wheatley .... assistant set decorator
Greg Young .... assistant head carpenter
John Dondertman .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Tim Spencer .... art department assistant (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Terry Burke .... foley artist
Richard Cadger .... sound editor
Viktoria Cseh-McCormick .... assistant sound editor (as Victoria Cseh)
Bryan Day .... sound mixer
David Evans .... sound editor
David Giammarco .... sound editor
Wayne Griffin .... sound editor
Sean Kelly .... assistant sound editor
Judy 'Lucky' Kemeny .... assistant sound editor (as Judy Kemeny)
Michael LaCroix .... boom operator (as Michael Lacroix)
John Laing .... assistant sound editor
Andy Nelson .... re-recording mixer
Dino Pigat .... a.d.r. recorded by
Donna Powell .... assistant foley
Peter Tarshis .... sound recording: T.V. soap opera sequence
Don White .... re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Bill Francis .... lab assistant
Derek Howard .... lab supervisor
Walter Klassen .... mechanical design
Don McLeod .... artist
Ted Ross .... lab assistant
Gordon J. Smith .... special effects designer (as Gordon Smith)
 
Visual Effects by
Dimitris Anapliotis .... optical printer
Randall Balsmeyer .... motion control programmer
Jon Campfens .... optical printer
Chris Furniotis .... optical line-up
George Furniotis .... optical direction
John Furniotis .... optical direction (as G. John Furniotis)
Shelly Morrow .... junior optical layout/camera animation
Richard Palin .... motion control assistant
Alan Peppiatt .... rotoscope artist
Don Snowdon .... rotoscope artist
Lee Wilson .... optical effects supervisor
Bob Yoshioka .... optical line-up
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Scotty Allan .... gaffer
Roger Bowden .... generator operator
Carlo Campana .... key grip
Arthur E. Cooper .... second assistant camera
Marijo Corcoran .... camera trainee
Robert Crone .... Steadicam operator
John Denniston .... assistant cameraman: T.V. soap opera
Attila Dory .... still photographer
Nigel Draper .... electric
Ted Fanyeck .... electric
John Garland .... electric (as Jon Garland)
John Grierson .... cameraman: T.V. soap opera
Duane Gullison .... generator operator
Mitch Holmes .... best boy-grip
Michael Iwan .... grip
Gary Ledbetter .... electric
Marvin Midwicki .... first assistant camera
Don Payne .... grip
Ian D. Scott .... best boy-electric (as Ian Scott)
M.A. Simmons .... video assistant
Andreas Trauttmansdorff .... camera trainee
David Willetts .... electric (as David J. Willetts)
Bill Wilson .... electric
David J. Woods .... video supervisor (as David Woods)
John Zulinski .... grip
Nigel Draper .... lamp operator (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Peter Grucza .... animation stand
 
Casting Department
Peter Lavender .... extras casting
Melanie Tanz .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Trysha Bakker .... wardrobe assistant
Jay Du Boisson .... wardrobe mistress (as Jay DuBoisson)
Nancy Duggan .... seamstress
Brenda Gilles .... wardrobe assistant
Patricia Hanley .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Lesley Clark .... post-production assistant
Charlotte Disher .... editing production assistant
David Giammarco .... second assistant editor
Chris Hinton .... colour timer
Bernadette Kelly .... trainee assistant editor
Susan Maggi .... second assistant editor
Michael Rea .... first assistant editor
Sandra Tucker .... post-production assistant
Steve Weslak .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Homer Denison .... orchestration
Brian Eddolls .... electronic music preparation
Jean Kerr .... music coordinator: London
Dick Lewzey .... music re-recording engineer
London Philharmonic Orchestra .... music performed by (as The London Philharmonic Orchestra)
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Howard Shore .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Howard Brenner .... driver
David Brown .... driver
Ron Coles .... driver
Frances Hendry .... head driver
Allen Kosonic .... driver (as Al Kosonic)
Gilbert Lacasse .... driver
Jerome McCann .... driver captain
Chris Radley Walters .... driver (as Chris Radley-Walters)
Steven Sacrob .... driver (as Steve Sacrob)
Richard Spiegelman .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Jami Abell .... assistant: Mr. Roth
James F. Breithaupt .... post-production accounting (as Jim Breithaupt)
John P. Cassels .... production assistant
Lesley Clark .... assistant: Mr. Boyman
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Alice Ferrier .... production coordinator
Marta Fischer .... production assistant
John Gaskin .... assistant accountant
Janet Gayford .... production secretary
Lynn Gran .... craft service
Sara Holmes .... office clerk
Ted Hunter .... sculptor: Wolleck's studio sculptures
Anthony Kadak .... location assistant
Neil Kredentser .... location assistant
Heather McIntosh .... production auditor
Vince Nyuli .... unit location manager
Jeremy Podeswa .... unit publicist
James G. Robinson .... presenter
Margaret Roiphe .... financier's representative
Joe Roth .... presenter
Dug Rotstein .... script supervisor
Wendie Saltarski .... post-production accounting
Lillian Sarafinchan .... location manager
Cindy Scott .... accounting clerk
Teri Spasov .... assistant accountant
Sandra Tucker .... assistant: Mr. Cronenberg
Janet M. West .... assistant: Mr. Robinson (as Janet West)
Anita Simand .... creative executive (uncredited)
Melanie Tanz .... assistant: producers (uncredited)
Paul Van Zyl .... intern (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Donato Baldasarra .... special thanks: A.C.F.C.
Celia Hamilton .... special thanks: ACTRA
Lynn Kelly .... special thanks: C.A.M.E.R.A., Local 81
Scot Laughton .... special thanks: Portico Design + Development, Toronto
Harvey Pasternak .... special thanks (as Dr. Harvey Pasternak)
Don Percifield .... special thanks: Directors Guild of Canada Inc.
Arthur Winkler .... special thanks: Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
Christopher Wood .... special thanks: Panache Design, Toronto (as Christopher & Suzanne Wood)
Suzanne Wood .... special thanks: Panache Design, Toronto (as Christopher & Suzanne Wood)
 
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Initially, Jeremy Irons had two separate dressing rooms and two separate wardrobes which he would use depending on which character he was playing at the time. Soon he realized that "the whole point of the story is you should sometimes be confused as to which is which," after which he moved to a single dressing room and mixed the wardrobes together, and found an "internal way" to play each character differently, using the Alexander technique to give them "different energy points," which gave them slightly different appearances.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In a scene dated 1954, the twins seen are playing with The Visible Woman, Revell toy company's biological model of a woman that was not marketed until at least five years later.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Elliot, Age 9:You've heard about sex...
Beverly, Age 9:Sure I have.
Elliot, Age 9:Well I've discovered why sex is.
Beverly, Age 9:You have? Fantastic.
Raffaella:It's because humans don't live under water.
Beverly, Age 9:I don't get it.
Elliot, Age 9:Well, fish don't need sex because they just lay the eggs and fertilize them in the water. Humans can't do that because they don't live in the water. They have to - internalize the water. Therefore we have sex.
Beverly, Age 9:So you mean humans would have sex if they lived in the water?
Elliot, Age 9:Well they'd have a kind of sex. The kind where you wouldn't have to touch each other.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in "The Hour: Episode #7.71" (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
In the Still of the Night (I'll Remember)See more »

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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful Masterpiece, 26 October 2006

After a very successful career exploring the physical horrors in a series of excellent films (that culminates in the awesome remake of "The Fly"), Canadian director David Cronenberg made another step up in the development of his personal style of film-making, by moving to the field of psychology with a suspense/thriller that while less visceral and graphic than his previous films, it's no less horrific and captivating: "Dead Ringers". While at first sight this film seems like a departure, it's simply the logic evolution of a style that reaches maturity without forgetting its origins. Just as "The Fly" can be seen as the grandiose closure of an era, "Dead Ringers" is the glorious beginning of a new stage.

Beverly and Elliot Mantle (both played by Jeremy Irons) are identical twins that from birth have been so close. So close that they have studied the same profession, work together as gynecologists and literally share everything (including lovers) between them. This symbiotic relationship begins to shatter when a new patient, actress Claire Niveau (Geneviève Bujold), enters in their life. The problem? Beverly, who has always been the shy, introverted one of the two, has fallen in love with her, and doesn't see to be too happy with the idea of sharing with his brother anymore. As the tag-line reads, "Separation Can Be A Terrifying Thing".

Loosely based on Bari Wood and Jack Geasland's book "Twins" (which was also loosely based on a strange, real-life case), the plot at first sounds like something out of a typical made for TV drama; however, "Dead Ringers" is still a Cronenberg film and so it is still full of the themes that the famed director loves. Taking the themes of identity and the duality of identity as a start point, Cronenberg tells the story of a perfect organism made out of two persons. The Mantle brothers are physically two men, but psychologically they work as one, and the "invasion" that Claire means in their life is like a viral infection that begins to corrode the brothers from the inside.

With a perfectly developed script, Cronenberg details the effects of this "infection" with surgical precision, and while the film is not as violently graphic as his previous efforts, it is by no means less disturbing. This progression to a more psychological exploration of horror (see first in "Videodrome" and "The Dead Zone") is marked by a subtler cinematography, that with a cold, sterile setting gives life to the horrors unleashed by the breakdown of the brothers. In simple words, "Dead Ringers" is a movie that mixes perfectly horror, drama and romance in ways that few films dare to attempt. This is the masterpiece that would lead the way to Cronenberg's more psychological projects like "M. Butterlfy", "Crash" or "Spider".

While Cronenberg's direction is outstanding, the film wouldn't be the same without the talent of Jeremy Irons as the two main characters. In the difficult role of giving life to two different yet similar men, Irons succeeds with amazing results delivering what probably is his best performance in his career. As Beverly he is shy, introverted and almost charming; while as Elliot he becomes this manipulative smooth-talker who feels his balance threatened by the inclusion of Claire in their lives. While certainly is Irons who receives most of the praise, the films is also benefited by Geneviève Bujold's acting as Claire. Her performance is very natural and fresh, showing truly a believable chemistry with Irons as her character enters the private world of the Mantle brothers.

Personally, I think "Dead Ringers" is a flawless job by an artist reaching maturity; however, I can understand why some would have troubles with it. The main problem is definitely that horror fans expecting something like "The Brood" or "The Fly" won't find a lot of that graphic horror here, but at the same time, people expecting a normal romance-drama film will find really disturbing scenes. It's really hard to approach "Dead Ringers" that way, so my best advice would be to go with an open mind to discover one of the most amazing films of the 80s.

"Dead Ringers" has become a new favorite of mine, due to it's interesting complex plot and the subtle classy direction by Cronenberg. It's an unusual film by him, but no less amazing, as it has his trademark all over the place. Probably one of the most beautiful horror films ever made, "Dead Ringers" is a timeless masterpiece. 10/10

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