We are somewhere in England in the 19th century. A Pretty housemaid works in a nice house, which is Dr. Jekyll's house. Mary Reilly think she found her best job, because she is poor and the doctor is well-known and rich. The film tells the 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' story as a woman sees the two men, one of them is good and the other is evil. And she loves them ... Written by
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The plot is based on "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson which was partly inspired by historic events in Edinburgh, Scotland during the late 1700s when a city councilor by the name of Deacon William Brodie led a double life as a respectable cabinet maker by day and burglar by night. Certain scenes in the film are shot in areas Brodie had once walked and worked. See more »
Mary's accent disappears & reappears several times during the film. See more »
Mary Reilly is a great film to watch on a rainy afternoon. Often criticized as boring and a low point in Julia Roberts career, I found it to be a great Gothic story. While I can understand and see why people were put to sleep by the film, I think it's a refreshing change of pace from the standard popcorn flick that is only interested in being the number 1 film at the box office Monday morning. John Malkovich turns in a great performance of the Jekyll/Hyde character, and Glenn Close steals the few scenes she's in as a Madame of a brothel. Julia Roberts plays against type as a dour chambermaid, and I think that's what put off so many people. Obviously, most people like their Julia flashing her now $20 million dollar smile. I say, "good for you for trying something different." If you haven't seen Mary Reilly, watch it on the next rainy day and enjoy it.
My grade: 8 out of 10
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