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The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

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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Storyline

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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The gates of hell are unlocked. 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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La isla del Dr. Moreau  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$27,663,982 (USA) (1 November 1996)
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Val Kilmer initially accepted his role so that he could work with Marlon Brando. Before filming started Kilmer informed the production that he did not want to be involved in any capacity due to the creative direction of the film, but due to the massive success of Batman Forever (1995) the studio could not afford to let him go and he was forced to participate by contractual obligation. See more »

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The shadow of the cameraman is visible as the camera is changing views of Edward while he is thinking of how to kill the other animals. See more »

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Dr. Moreau: Do you hear Lo-Mai?... Do you hear?
[Upon hearing the accusation in Lo-Mai's trial]
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Superman: The 1975 Musical (2010) See more »

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Critically Pummelled Entertainment
7 January 2011 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Most people seem to dismiss it, if not hate it. Certainly the critics. But. really - we get a Brando performance that again displays his long-held dismissal of Hollywood-ism, we get Val Kilmer hamming it up joyously (even to the point of repeatedly doing Brando impressions), we get David Thewliss (a damn fine actor) actually playing the most important character with admirable commitment, we get cat-eyed Fairuza Balk (yum!), we get the great Ron Perlman, playing a beast yet again, pretty much stealing the movie, we get something that is Dr. Moreau's constant companion, becoming a pop-culture icon thanks to South Park - as Chef puts it "what the hell are you supposed to be? You don't look like anything". Outstanding photography, effective tropical suggestibility (you can almost feel the humidity), excellent animal make-up, some truly memorable scenes (the birthing scene, the Hyena-Moreau confrontation) and even a sense of philosophical examination. And though the story of this insane scientist attempting to humanize animals has been done several times, only this one goes to the extreme of showing us that he's even created a bunch of tiny rat people! What a loon. Too much enjoyment for a movie so slammed.


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