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Jekyll & Hyde -- Jekyll and Hyde - Michael Caine stars as Dr. Jekyll, a kind-hearted scientist, yields a personality-splitting drug that he tests on himself, changing him into an uninhibited brute, seeking violent and undignified pleasures. As Jekyll loses control over his transformations, and the antidote becomes less effective, the police begin to suspect his part in his alter-ego's increasing violence.


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Robert Louis Stevenson (derived from the story by) (novel)
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Release Date:
21 January 1990 (USA) See more »
Henry Jekyll is a troubled man. His wife died of pneumonia. He wants his sister-in-law, but her father forbids any contact... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Michael Caine ... Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde

Cheryl Ladd ... Sara Crawford

Joss Ackland ... Dr. Charles Lanyon

Ronald Pickup ... Jeffrey Utterson, Esquire
Diane Keen ... Annabel

Kim Thomson ... Lucy Harris

Kevin McNally ... Sergeant Hornby

David Schofield ... Snape
Lee Montague ... Inspector Palmer
Miriam Karlin ... Mrs. Hackett
Lance Percival ... Beresford Mount, Prince's Private Secretary
Joan Heal ... Mrs. Clark
Frank Barrie ... Poole the Butler

Lionel Jeffries ... Jekyll's Father

Martin Jacobs ... Young Man (as Martyn Jacobs)
Duncan Gould ... Businessman
John Scarborough ... Auctioneer
Harvey Ashby ... Customer
Ray Armstrong ... Head Groom

Kiran Shah ... Sara's Son
Nina Kennedy ... Little Girl
Peter Gale ... Lanyon's Butler
Andrew Castell ... Dr. Lloyd
Gary Shail ... Sailor
David Michaels ... Medical Student 1
Simon Adams ... Medical Student 2
Richard Dixon ... Medical Student 3
Eric Dodson ... Head Porter
Jill Pearson ... Nurse
Samantha Womack ... Young Maid (Margaret) (as Samantha Janus)
Michael Stainton ... Duty Sergeant
Tim Diggle ... Bartender
Jazzer Jeyes ... Pub Customer
Terry Walsh ... Pub Customer
Eric Mason ... Landlord
Philip Locke ... Editor
Margaret Rawlings ... Jekyll's Mother
Terence Plummer ... Big Detective (as Terry Plummer)

Ross McCall ... Copy Boy
Peter Geeves ... Sub Editor
Craig Crosbie ... Lab Technician
Antony Brown ... Sergeant Cop
Nigel Betts ... Local Cop
Daniel Perry ... Newsboy
Wendy Pollock ... Opera Singer
Frederick Bateman ... Opera Singer
Charlotte Howard ... Annabel's Friend
Prentis Hancock ... Vendor / Detective
Justin Degan ... Newsboy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kenneth W Caravan ... Medical Student (uncredited)

Directed by
David Wickes 
Writing credits
Robert Louis Stevenson (derived from the story by) (novel "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde")

David Wickes (written by)

Produced by
Gerald W. Abrams .... executive producer
Patricia Carr .... line producer
Joanna Elferink .... associate producer
Nick Elliott .... executive producer
David Wickes .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Cameron 
Cinematography by
Norman G. Langley (director of photography) (as Norman Langley)
Film Editing by
John Shirley 
Casting by
Maggie Cartier 
Production Design by
William Alexander 
Art Direction by
Keith Pain 
Costume Design by
Raymond Hughes 
Makeup Department
Lois Burwell .... chief makeup artist
Betty Glasow .... chief hair stylist
Stuart Conran .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Mark Jones .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Geoff Glover .... second unit director
Michael Zimbrich .... first assistant director
Art Department
Graham Caulfield .... drapesmaster (uncredited)
Steve Payne .... stand-by props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Crouch .... sound editor
David Crozier .... sound recordist
John Hayward .... dubbing mixer
Sandy Buchanan .... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)
Nicolas Le Messurier .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Chris Fitzgerald .... sculptor/painter (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Craig Chandler .... optical effects (uncredited)
Alan Church .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
Peter Brayham .... stunt coordinator
Tom Elliott .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Geoff Glover .... second unit director cameraman
John May .... gaffer
Graham Attwood .... still photographer (uncredited)
Vince Goddard .... electrician (uncredited)
Frank Heeney .... gaffer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jeremy Child .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
John Cameron .... arranger
John Cameron .... conductor
Transportation Department
Terry Pritchard .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Brian Weske .... driver: Michael Caine (uncredited)
Other crew
Carolyn Hall .... production accountant
Cheryl Leigh .... continuity
Cheryl Leigh .... script supervisor
Ravi Ratnavel .... medical advisor (as Dr. Ravi Ratnavel)
Anne Glanfield .... location manager (uncredited)
Anya Noakes .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Zakiya Powell .... publicist (uncredited)
Maggie Tyler .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Brian Weske .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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96 min | Germany:120 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

According to the date visible on the newspaper, the principle action of the film following Hyde's assault on the little girl takes place in August 1884.See more »
Continuity: When Dr Jekyll sits in a chair and takes pictures of himself turning into Hyde he takes his ring off his pinky before drinking the potion.. However when he's turning into Hyde the rings back on his finger.See more »
Devlin:Sharpen your pencil, Snape.
Snape:Never blunt, sir.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
My 2nd favorite Jekyll & Hyde adaptation, 23 October 2013
Author: rooprect from New York City

My favorite Jekyll & Hyde adaptation is--wait for it--Jerry Lewis in the "Nutty Professor" (1963). You think I'm kidding.

Second place goes to this 1990 production with Michael Caine, Cheryl Ladd & Joss Ackland. It's the acting, particularly in the 2nd half, that makes this such a treat to watch. Of course Caine is at the top of his game as usual. Repression & passion come through in full force, particularly in the explosive scene when he confronts his antagonist (Ackland). "Help me!" "Only God can help you now." "Then why doesn't he?!"

The story is simple (if I recall correclty from high school, the original Robert Louis Stevenson tale is only about 45 pages). Despite the many extravagant adaptations, the original story is quite tame on the surface, and this adaptation stays true to that spirit. Don't expect a lot of gore, mass killings and heart-pumping action because that was never the intent. Personally I think this approach works perfectly with violence kept to a minimum because it makes those few violent scenes much more disturbing when they happen.

A romantic angle was added with the character played by Cheryl Ladd (who shows off her acting talents as well as a decent Victorian accent). And although I'm usually cynical toward writers inserting romantic angles, this worked seamlessly. The climax wouldn't have been half as effective without Ladd's stellar performance. The antagonist played by Joss Ackland (whose sinister snarl you may remember from his racist, murdering character in Lethal Weapon 2, released the year before this) adds another welcome dimension. Ackland represents the antithesis to Caine's progressive views, a sort of dark, subversive demon who drags Caine down at every opportunity. Caine completes the triad with his portrayal of a man deeply & secretly tormented. He comes off with just the proper amount of scientific arrogance, kind-hearted humanity, and charming sophistication to make you love him instantly and connect with his pain.

The "4th lead role", Caine's acting as Hyde, is so menacing I thought it had to be a different actor. But no, it's still Michael Caine. The makeup & special effects are straightforward and "analog" (in other words, no big budget computer animation), but that makes the transformation even more intimate & personal. Thus it's even more disturbing when you realize what Hyde is capable of. It's never explicitly shown, but the implication is undeniable: he is a rapist. So yes, by visual standards, this film is tame. But if you read between the lines, it will disturb you to your very core.

Bear in mind, this was a late 80s TV production, so you'll have to forgive the usual TV shortcomings, like slightly overglossed presentation and a musical score which I felt upstaged the dramatic performances at times (I'm a big fan of the orchestra shutting up when a dramatic line is being spoken). But really these are minor nitpicks. It may take you 15 or 20 mins to sink into the movie, but once you do, it's a great ride picking up speed all the way to its colossal ending (which I believe is quite different from the original story, so don't miss it).

A final note about the DVD released in 2002 by Platinum Disc. While it seems to be a transfer from video, it's one of the better video transfers I've seen, crisp & vivid without much blurring. No subtitles or special features, though. If this film were ever to be remastered for Blu-ray I'd definitely pick it up. But until then, the DVD is definitely worth the 5 bucks.

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