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Burke and Hare (2010)

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A black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.

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Storyline

Based on the true story about the famous murderers, 'Burke And Hare' follows the hapless exploits of these two men as they fall into the highly profitable business of providing cadavers for the medical fraternity in Nineteenth Century Edinburgh, then the centre of medical learning. The one thing they were short of was bodies. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No Job Too Small. No Body Too Big. No Questions Asked.

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Comedy | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$947 (USA) (9 September 2011)

Gross:

$947 (USA) (9 September 2011)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dr Robert Knox is played in this film by Tom Wilkinson. In real life, his association with the Burke and Hare murders damaged his reputation and ruined his career. See more »

Goofs

Two hangings are shown in the film, in the style of a "long drop" designed to break the neck and cause instant death. This style was first introduced in the 1870's by William Marwood as a more humane approach. Before then, and certainly in 1828-1829 when the film was set, the victim was simply suspended by a rope around the neck, and choked to death by suffocation. See more »

Quotes

Old Joseph: I remember. Old Nosey was there himself. He says, "Stand up, guards. Now, Maitland, now's your time." And over we go, fightin', fightin' the Frogs. Did I ever tell you about the time...
[coughs wetly]
Old Joseph: the time...
[coughs]
Old Joseph: I saw the man, the wee man himself, Napoleon? Aye, it were a treat.
[laughs]
Old Joseph: And that idiotic hat.
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This is a true story. Except for the parts that are not. See more »

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Version of Horror Maniacs (1948) See more »

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Hallelujah Chorus
By George Frideric Handel
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Very enjoyable (forget werewolf)
18 February 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Expectations from other reviewers must have been too high. This movie is thoroughly enjoyable, despite the subject matter, which I suppose is the whole point. I found it to be comically dark as expected. Although in a lighter tone than "I sell the dead" which is another good film in the same vein. The casting was well composed and at times gave me the feel of a Terry Pratchett production. The sets and cinematography were spot on and very believable. I simply wouldn't try to compare this film to any of John Landis' previous works ,it stand on its own and demonstrates the dynamic abilities of both cast and crew. All in all worth a go if you are in the mood for a few good laughs.


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Nothing funny about these two sheilamc76
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