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Mary Reilly -- An innocent Irish housemaid finds herself entangled in a love triangle between her kindly employer, Dr. Jekyll, and his brutal alterego, Mr. Hyde. Directed by Stephen Frears (High Fidelity).
Mary Reilly -- A housemaid falls in love with Dr. Jekyll and his darkly mysterious counterpart, Mr. Hyde.


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Writers (WGA):
Valerie Martin (novel)
Christopher Hampton (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 February 1996 (USA) See more »
Evil is Irresistable. See more »
A housemaid falls in love with Dr. Jekyll and his darkly mysterious counterpart, Mr. Hyde. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julia Roberts ... Mary Reilly

John Malkovich ... Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde
George Cole ... Mr. Poole

Michael Gambon ... Mary's Father
Kathy Staff ... Mrs. Kent

Glenn Close ... Mrs. Farraday

Michael Sheen ... Bradshaw

Bronagh Gallagher ... Annie

Linda Bassett ... Mary's Mother

Henry Goodman ... Haffinger

Ciarán Hinds ... Sir Danvers Carew (as Ciaran Hinds)
Sasha Hanau ... Young Mary
Moya Brady ... Young Woman
Emma Griffiths Malin ... Young Whore
David Ross ... Doctor
Tim Barlow ... Vicar
Isabella Marsh ... Screaming Girl
Wendy Nottingham ... Screaming Girl's Mother

Richard Leaf ... Screaming Girl's Father

Stephen Boxer ... Inspector
Bob Mason ... Policeman
Ellie Crockett ... Farraday Girl
Robbi Stevens ... Farraday Girl
Kadamba Simmons ... Farraday Girl (as Kadamba)
Evelyn Doggart ... Farraday Girl
Pui Fan Lee ... Farraday Girl (as Piu Fan Lee)
Mimi Potworowska ... Farraday Girl
Samantha Hones ... Farraday Girl
Julia Hagen ... Farraday Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Fielder ... Man with Beard (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Frears 
Writing credits
Valerie Martin (novel)

Christopher Hampton (screenplay)

Produced by
Norma Heyman .... producer
Lynn Pleshette .... executive producer
Iain Smith .... co-producer
Nancy Graham Tanen .... producer
Ned Tanen .... producer
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
Philippe Rousselot (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lesley Walker 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Stuart Craig 
Art Direction by
John King (supervising art director)
Michael Lamont 
Jim Morahan 
Set Decoration by
Stephenie McMillan 
Costume Design by
Consolata Boyle 
Makeup Department
Richard Dean .... makeup designer: Julia Roberts
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Richard Glass .... standby contact lens optician
Peter Owen .... prosthetic hair stylist: John Malkovich
Peter Owen .... prosthetic makeup artist: John Malkovich
Ivana Primorac .... makeup artist
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair designer: Julia Roberts
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens coordinator
Jenny Shircore .... key makeup artist
Stuart Bray .... foam technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Barrie Melrose .... production manager
Michael Saxton .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Justine Moakes .... third assistant director
Adam Somner .... second assistant director
David Tringham .... first assistant director
Jonathon Sendall .... second assistant director: locations (uncredited)
Art Department
Ray Barrett .... construction coordinator
Malcolm Bensted .... property master
Bruce Bigg .... property master
Michael Boone .... chief draftsman (as Mike Boone)
Temple Clark .... concept artist
Gavin Gordon .... carpenter
Paul Kirby .... junior draughtsman
Bradley Woodbridge .... painter
Tony Wright .... storyboard artist
Peter Dorme .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Jack Dyer .... chargehand stagehand (uncredited)
Paul Ladd .... stagehand (uncredited)
Peter Mann .... stand-by constructor (uncredited)
Stephen McGregor .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tim Cavagin .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Desorgher .... sound maintenance
Peter Holt .... foley editor
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Melhuish .... assistant dialogue editor
Alan O'Duffy .... boom operator
Alan Paley .... dialogue editor
Peter Pennell .... sound editor
Steve Spencer .... assistant sound editor
Clive Winter .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Vince Abbott .... animatronic model designer
Richard Conway .... special effects supervisor
Richard Darwin .... animatronic model designer
Simon Davey .... special effects trainee
Pauline Fowler .... sculptor: transformation effects
Tim Jordan .... animatronic designer
Simon Quinn .... special effects trainee
Colin Shulver .... sculptor
Paul Stephenson .... special effects technician
Dave Chagouri .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Chris 'Flimsy' Howes .... animatronics designer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Martin Body .... motion control camera assistant
Sarah Bradshaw .... visual effects producer
Stéphane Couture .... animator
David Fuhrer .... digital artist: CFC
Kent Houston .... visual effects supervisor
Arthur Jeppe .... digital artist: RGA/LA
Dennis Lowe .... special effects camera
Simon Margetts .... special effects camera
Mark Nelmes .... visual effects designer
Joe Pavlo .... digital artist
Dave Scott .... software designer
Andy Stevens .... visual effects camera assistant
Jonathan Taylor .... special effects camera
Dean Yurke .... computer graphics supervisor (as Manfred Dean Yurke)
David Smith .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
John Swinnerton .... motion control assistant: Peerless Camera Company (uncredited)
Del Baker .... stunts
Gerry Crampton .... stunts
Billy Dean .... stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Romo Gorrara .... stunts
Timna Rose .... stunts
Kiran Shah .... stunts
Lee Sheward .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Pierre Baronsky .... specialist lighting technician
Richard Broome .... key grip
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Kevin Edland .... best boy electrical
Darren Flindall .... rigger
John Higgins .... chief lighting technician
Ben Koeller .... video assist operator: creature unit
Anastas N. Michos .... camera operator (as Anastas Michos)
Mark Milsome .... clapper loader
Chris Mortley .... lighting technician
Chris Plevin .... focus puller
Jim Beeby .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tony Hughes .... wardrobe master
Richard Pointing .... wardrobe supervisor
Magdalen Rubalcava .... assistant costume designer (as Magdalen Rubalcava)
Fran Vega-Buck .... dresser: Julia Roberts (as Frances Vega-Buck)
Pat Williamson .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Martin Corbett .... second assistant editor
John Ensby .... laboratory contact
Jeremy Hume .... assistant editor
Christopher Lloyd .... first assistant editor
Andrew Perrier .... trainee editor
Herbert Dwight Raymond IV .... first assistant editor (as Dwyght Raymond IV)
Bradley Souber .... editing department trainee
John Stanborough .... laboratory grader
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator (as Geoffrey Alexander)
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
George Fenton .... conductor
Keith Grant .... music recordist
Kevin Lane .... music editor
Nick Lowe .... music editor
Christine Newell .... assistant music editor
Adrian Thomas .... synthesizer programmer
Eliza Thompson .... music coordinator
Toby Wood .... assistant scoring engineer
Transportation Department
David Rosenbaum .... driver
Other crew
Sallie Beechinor .... production coordinator
Rona Brown .... animal consultant
Alison Campbell .... location coordinator
Rebecca Christensen .... assistant: Norma Heyman
Mo Colvin .... production assistant
Anthony Cortés .... trainer (as Tony Cortes)
Diana Dill .... script supervisor
Anita Ferry .... assistant: Ned Tanen
Leah Foley .... stand-in: Julia Roberts
Carolyn Hall .... production accountant
Natasha Hudson .... asst chef
James Linton .... stand-in: John Malkovich
Gus Maclean .... location manager
Jon Maskell .... caterer
Jon Maskell .... caterer: assistant chef
Stephen Masters .... titles designer
Karen McConnell .... production assistant
John Melrose .... production runner
Janet Pett Davies .... assistant: Nancy Graham Tanen (as Janet Pett)
Roger Phillips .... title designer
Sylvia Pyke .... assistant: Iain Smith
Ann Tasker .... unit publicist
Alistair Thompson .... assistant accountant
Haydn Webb .... horsemaster
Ben Weston .... location manager
Steve Hideg .... trainee crane technician (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for notable gore and some strong violence
108 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
SDDS (8 channels) | Dolby Digital

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John Malkovich wore color blend contacts to make his eyes appear blue for his role as Henry Jekyll - a far softer look in comparison to the wild dark-eyed look of Edward Hyde.See more »
Continuity: Mary's accent disappears & reappears several times during the film.See more »
[first lines]
Dr. Henry Jekyll:I'm not going to bite you.
Mary Reilly:I'm sorry, sir, you gave me a fright.
Dr. Henry Jekyll:You're up very early.
Mary Reilly:I'm generally up by five, sir, otherwise I get behind.
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63 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
Underrated Film, 5 February 1999
Author: Bishonen from Los Angeles, CA

This has to be one of the most maligned films of the past couple of years; it's virtually shoved under the carpet every time Julia Robert's career is mentioned and it's generally dismissed as a bore. And in a lot of ways, it IS boring; not a lot happens during the course of the plot and as a horror film it utterly fails to provide a sense of urgency and fright in the conventional sense.

It's also one of the most elaborate, mysterious and beautifully conceived big-budget fantasies committed to film. The fact of its plodding storyline is, in a sense, besides the point of its true merit; that it is a dark, intensely brooding look at a woman's damaged sexuality and psyche and the oppressive times in which she existed. The original Valerie Martin book ingeniously transmogrified the Robert Louis Stevenson story into an examination of a lost female soul who finds her redemption in a fog-shrouded hell. Stephen Frear's film is in every respect a successful mood piece, a meditation on an individual's dark journey into not just a world of physical violence but her own crippled sense of selfhood and history of abuse. More than most other contemporary films about the Victorian era, this film captures in meticulous and visceral detail the horrors of the Industrial Age---the poverty, the pollution-ridden streets filled with animal gore and filth, and the era's preoccupation/repulsion of the human body and the ominous glare of scientific knowledge gone awry in a society ill-prepared to meet the consequences. The cinematography and production design (by the great Stuart Craig) are breathtaking. A swinging door, partially obscuring the surgically opened corpse on a table...Mary making her way through the streets of the market, surrounded by animal viscera...the shock of a roomful of a prostitute's remains, savagely gutted by a demonic hand...rats in the sewer, swarming into the crevices of Mary's mind...the Doctor's operating theater, like a coliseum of depravity...Mary, lost in the fog.

These images were indelible to me and entertained my consciousness far more than any typical horror film could hope to. Julia Roberts, for all her trouble with the Irish accent and going against her image as "America's sweetheart", is the very picture of a haunted and ravaged soul, nearly destroyed by the abuse and poverty of her childhood and bewildered by the mysterious machinations of her homicidal employer. She lends a great deal of vulnerability and conviction to her role and carries the film in ways beyond dialogue and posturing. Not once does she flash her trademark million-dollar smile but what she gives to the film is far more valuable than glitz and in her looks and inflections reveals more on-screen than most of her other films combined.

This film won't appeal to most people. And admittedly, it does fail in so many ways that a lot of audiences will be turned off. A lot of people will definitely be bored to tears by the slow pace and "what the H*ll is happening?!?!?" quality of the narrative. But for viewers who liked Cocteau's "Beauty and the Beast", Neil Jordan's "Comany of Wolves" Caleb Carr's book "The Alienist" or perhaps Ken Russell's "Gothic", this is worth a try. It should not be written off as just another big-budget Hollywood failure, because its aims, whether conscious or not, are quite different from your average thriller or period film. Approach it with an open mind, be prepared for a dark and disconcerting vision, and you might be rewarded because this film is unique, baroque, different and great.

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