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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 it's 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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On a remote ISLAND in the South Pacific, the balance OF nature has been upset by the experiments of DR. MOREAU... with the key of science he's unlocked the gates of 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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La isla del Dr. Moreau  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 295,581,200 (Japan) (15 November 1996)

Gross:

JPY 338,920,000 (Japan) (22 November 1996)
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Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer vacationed together in Ireland just before production started. See more »

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When Edward Douglas is rescued from the life-raft the shadows in the life-raft seem to indicate a different time than would be indicated by the position of the sun behind the rescuing boat. In fact if, as is implied, he can see the rescuing boat, the sun is in two completely different positions in the sky. See more »

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Hyena-Swine: Five-man... please... tell them... that I am God. Hmm?
[Hyena-Swine presses a button on Moreau's remote, causing many Beast People to collapse in pain]
Edward Douglas: You're right. You are... a god.
Sayer of the Law: No!
Hyena-Swine: Again.
Edward Douglas: You are a god. You're all gods.
Hyena-Swine: Tell them to obey me like they did the Father.
Edward Douglas: You all killed the Father. You all ate his flesh. So who is the new Father? Who is God Number One? Who should they obey? Him? Or him?
[indicating other members of Hyena-Swine's pack]
Edward Douglas: You see, there must be a God Number One.
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Version of Moreau (2013) See more »

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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)
Performed by Einsturzende Neubauten
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Well-produced but out of control
15 April 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

David Thewlis is very good as air-crash survivor who is taken to mysterious island in the South Pacific where recluse Marlon Brando mutates various animals with human genes; Fairuza Balk is Brando's daughter, Val Kilmer (in arguably his weakest performance ever) plays Brando's assistant. Uncontrolled version of H.G. Wells' horror story is crippled by behind-the-scenes strife and ego clashes. It opens well, sustains itself for about forty-five minutes, but then goes completely to hell afterward. John Frankenheimer is credited with the scrappy direction, though he stepped in mid-production and finished the picture after Kilmer had the original director canned. Too bad, with more focus this could've been incredible. Story previously filmed in 1933 (as "Island of Lost Souls") and with Michael York and Burt Lancaster in 1977. ** from ****


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