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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miguel López ...
Neil Young ...
Boar Man
David Hudson ...
Bison Man
Clare Grant ...
Fox Lady


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La isla del Dr. Moreau  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,101,987, 25 August 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,663,982, 3 November 1996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Five of the film's actors have appeared in DC Comics adaptations: Val Kilmer played Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Forever (1995), Marlon Brando played Superman's father Jor-El in Superman: The Movie (1978), Temuera Morrison played Abin Sur in Green Lantern (2011) and Tom Curry in Aquaman (2018), David Thewlis played Sir Patrick Morgan in Wonder Woman (2017) and Ron Perlman provided the voice of Slade Wilson/Deathstroke in Teen Titans (2003-2007). See more »


After witnessing the birth (24 min into the movie), Aissa guides Douglas to the beach. As they run through the forest, the light coming through the trees casts long shadows for the characters, yet as they emerge onto the beach they have no shadows at all. See more »


Hyena-Swine: There is no pain, there is no law!
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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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The line between animal and man has been evolutionized.
26 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

An ocean plane wrecked diplomat is rescued and brought to an island inhabited by a Nobel winning now reclusive scientist and his children; the animals he has been genetically manipulating with human DNA in an attempt to create his vision of a pure species.

When this film opened it was panned by the critics. I was never sure why. It opens strong, both visually and musically. The locale is beautifully claustrophobic, appropriate for a secluded tropical island. Stan Winston's creature make up is excellent. The body language of the "humanimals" is very interesting. The underlying commentaries on the savagery of society and the morality of biological scientific experimentation are intact. Marlon Brando makes a daring, and critics said poor, choice in playing his Moreau like an effete, physically feeble, unbelievably polite British University English Professor, more eccentrically insane instead of the usual madly insane. Val Kilmer, always a strong performer, as Moreau's assistant Montgomery, does a spot on impersonation of him toward the end of the film. Fairuza Balk, as Moreau's daughter Aissa and David Thewlis as the "rescued" diplomat Edward round out the over all well done performances given by all.

Favorite line (spoken by The Sayer Of The Law/Ron Perlman: "Going on two legs is very difficult."

Definitely worth a rent/buy.

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