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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 »
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde through the Eyes of a Housemaid
In the nineteen century, in London, the dedicated housemaid Mary Reilly (Julia Roberts) is part of the staff under the command of the butler Mr. Poole (George Cole) that works for Dr. Henry Jekyll (John Malkovich). Mary is a traumatized woman that was abused by her father when she was a child and very devoted to Dr. Jekyll. One day, he gathers Mr. Poole and the servants in a room and tells that his assistant Mr. Edward Hyde will be work in his laboratory with free access to the house. Mary Reilly and her mates are unsuccessful to see the mysterious Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll trusts on Mary Reilly and she helps him, delivering letters to the notorious Mrs. Farraday (Glenn Close) that owns a brothel to clean the mess that Mr. Hyde does in the city. Mary Reilly is seduced by the educated Dr. Jekyll and by the reckless and violent Mr. Hyde.
"Mary Reilly" is a dramatic and romantic view of the classic story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde through the eyes of a housemaid. The plot is developed in slow pace and is not exactly an horror movie and maybe this is the reason that many viewers did not like this movie. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "O Segredo de Mary Reilly" ("The Secret of Mary Reilly")
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