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Edge of Sanity (1989)

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When Henry Jekyll's experiments with cocaine have gotten out of control, he transforms into the hideous Jack Hyde. As Hyde he searches the London streets at night for his prey in ... See full summary »

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Elisabeth Jekyll
Sarah Maur Thorp ...
Susannah (as Sarah Maur-Thorp)
David Lodge ...
Underwood
Ben Cole ...
Johnny
Ray Jewers ...
Jill Melford ...
Flora
Lisa Davis ...
Maria
Noel Coleman ...
Egglestone
Briony McRoberts ...
Ann Underwood
Mark Elliott ...
Lanyon (as Mark Elliot)
Harry Landis ...
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Jill Pearson ...
Mrs. Egglestone
Basil Hoskins ...
Mr. Bottingham
Ruth Burnett ...
Margot
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When Henry Jekyll's experiments with cocaine have gotten out of control, he transforms into the hideous Jack Hyde. As Hyde he searches the London streets at night for his prey in whorehouses and opium dens. The police can't catch him, he has nothing to lose but his mind... Written by Mark J. Popp <mjpopp@cwave.com>

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Anthony Perkins hasn't been himself lately! See more »

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Rated R for strong perverse sexuality/violence/gore and drug use | See all certifications »

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14 April 1989 (USA)  »

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A Beira da Loucura  »

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$102,219 (USA)
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The last film of David Lodge. See more »

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Version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932) See more »

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Il Trovatore
Performed by Leontyne Price & Plácido Domingo
Courtesy of RCA Victor Red Seal A division of BMG Classics
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EDGE OF SANITY (Gerard Kikoine, 1989) **
27 October 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is the nth variation on the Jekyll/Hyde perennial that I've watched – it's not among the better versions, but nor is it quite as bad as its maligned reputation would suggest!

An unhinged Anthony Perkins (joining a distinguished roster of actors to tackle the dual role) is always worth watching: his disruption of a society dinner is quietly effective – as Dr. Jekyll expounds on his theory about the power inherent in a personality unbound by laws and traditions, and of its imminent emergence. The Hyde make-up does not extend to much other than making Perkins look somewhat younger, rather effeminate and vaguely sinister. The overall look of the film, retaining the period setting of Stevenson's original novel, is fairly pleasing – within the limitations of its budget and the exploitation angle it clearly aims for (what with the presence of blood and sleaze galore).

Unsurprisingly, the narrative attaches a mother/whore complex to the main character – not to mention the fact that Perkins' Hyde adopts the characteristics one usually associates with Jack The Ripper (following in the footsteps of Hammer's DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE [1971])! By the way, the film was co-produced by Harry Alan Towers – with his wife/former starlet Maria Rohm credited as Associate Producer!

I have still another version to check out – the recent 2002 production released on DVD (as a SE no less!) by Alpha, and may even get to MARY REILLY (1996) before the month is out...


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