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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabrielle Downey ...
Aggrieved Customer
Robert Fyfe ...
Old Donald
Robert Willox ...
Gravediggers' Bouncer


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


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


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)  »

Also Known As:

Burke & Hare  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£942,894 (UK) (29 October 2010)


$947 (USA) (9 September 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Director John Landis s first feature film in twelve to thirteen years, his previous had been Susan's Plan (1998). See more »


In the "multiple dissection" scene Tom Wilkinson uncovers each of the four dead bodies one at a time. But, following a quick edit to the applauding students, in a closer shot one of the bodies is covered up again. See more »


Doctor Monro: And your new students, are they enjoying your lectures?
Doctor Robert Knox: Er, not as much as I understand they're enjoying your wife,sir.
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Crazy Credits

This is a true story. Except for the parts that are not. See more »


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My 371st Review: Good classic British ghoulish comedy
19 February 2011 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

The true story of Burke and Hare, the Edinburgh body snatchers, here is given a first comic turn. Both the leads and the support obviously enjoyed making this - and the result is a refreshingly straight-forward comedy with plenty of genuine laughs.

The film is simply a well-paced and well thought out comedy - everything for direction to script to the excellent costuming just works - and it is one of the better comedies of the year as it actually makes you laugh often and hard. The humour is dark enough to work, and all involved deliver it very well indeed.

We enjoyed this one a lot, it's got the right mix of silliness with a little horror that Simon Pegg does well, and all in this, this is just good straight-up entertainment with a huge galaxy of British comedians on display. Good stuff indeed.

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