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The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

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After being rescued and brought to an island, a man discovers that its inhabitants are experimental animals being turned into strange-looking humans, all of it the work of a visionary doctor.

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Set in the year 2010, Dr. Moreau has successfully combined human and animal DNA to make a crossbreed animal. Well, as usual, something goes wrong and David Thewlis must try to stop it before it is too late. Originally rated R, but cut by Frankenheimer to allow "a wider audience". Written by Kale Whorton <nikko11@mind.net>

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Through DNA experimentation Dr. Moreau has upset the balance of nature. By turning animals into humans, he's turned heaven into hell. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, horror and gore involving mutant creatures | See all certifications »

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23 August 1996 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,101,987 (USA) (23 August 1996)

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$27,663,982 (USA) (1 November 1996)
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Well known as one of the last of the "old style" Hollwood directors, John Frankenheimer's gruff, dictatorial approach was radically different from Richard Stanley's and he soon alienated many of the cast, and especially the very experienced Australian crew, of whom he was often harshly critical. See more »

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When first arriving at the gate to the compound in the jeep (12 minutes into the movie) a windmill is shown turning. As they enter, the view from inside the jeep shows it turning about half the speed, and the next shot goes back to full speed. See more »

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Dr. Moreau: [Aissa walks behind Dr.Moreau and massages his shoulders] Ah God yes, oh yes God, oh please, forcefully, forcefully
[Aissa puts more force into it and causes pain on Dr.Moreau]
Dr. Moreau: Oh... oh no, oh my God
[Dr.Moreau clears his throat, coughs and removes Aissa's hands from his shoulders]
Dr. Moreau: Not so strong, you have no idea how strong you can be. You must be very, very careful.
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Die Interimsliebenden
Written and arranged by Blixa Bargeld, Mark Chung, F. M. Einheit, Alexander Hacke & N. U. Unruh (Copyright Freibank Music)
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Average adaptation based on H.G. Wells' novel realized by John Frankenheimer and with remarkable makeup by Stan Winston
31 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

It's an excitingly produced remake of ¨Island of the lost souls¨ with Marlon Brando heading a solid casting as a nutty doctor who develops a process of transforming animals into half-humans at an desolated tropical island . Through DNA experimentation Brando has upset the balance of nature. By turning animals into humans, he's turned heaven into hell . It starts when David Thewlis is rescued at sea by Val Kilmer and brought to a strange island where he's terrified to discover the terrible genetic experiments realized by Dr. Moreau , a former prize Nobel winner .

Passable horror-fantasy chiller that is developed up and down with some lousy moments and in other side contains eerie and thrilling scenes. It results to be a strong rendition of H.G. Wells' novel about an isolated scientific who has spent several years creating half-animals turning beasts into half-human . Good secondary cast as Fauriza Balk , William Hootkins and Temuera Morrison . Ron Perlman's sturdy acting , displaying a magnificent portrayal of one of the beasts . Watchable by excellent makeup by the late Stan Winston . Colorful cinematography filmed in Queensland , Australia , by the classic cameraman William A. Fraker and atmospheric musical score by Gary Chang . The motion picture is middlingly directed by John Frankenheimer and the director's cut version runs several minutes more . The movie will appeal to Brando devotees and Val Kilmer fans who will want to check out their excessive performances . Other adaptation based on H.G. Wells' known novel are the following : The classic of 1933 titled ¨The island of lost souls¨ by Erle C. Kenton with Charles Laughton , Kathleen Burke , Bela Lugosi and Richard Arlen ; and 1977 retelling by Don Taylor with Burt Lancaster , Michael York , Barbara Carrera and Nigel Davenport .


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