Susan wants her reprehensible ex-husband dead and, in several bungled attempts by henchmen, tries to accomplish the deed. First her boyfriend hires two dim-witted hitmen. Then she hires a ... See full summary »
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
The cinematographer and frequent John Landis collaborator as a "Distinguished Doctor". Paynter died shortly before the release of the film. See more »
Hare comments that his wife Lucky has "fallen off the wagon" when she resumes drinking alcohol after a period of abstinence. The idiom of "falling off the wagon" would not be in used in Scotland at this time. The phrase originated in America very close to the start of the 20th century. See more »
Doctor Robert Knox:
This man's untimely and premature death was, as should be fairly obvious to all of you, the direct result of gluttony!
[wobbles the corpses stomach ]
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This is a true story. Except for the parts that are not. See more »
The amazing Simon Pegg in this historical comedy based on the real life murderers Burke and Hare. Very funny all the way through, witty and with a star-studded cast of the English screen. Have wanted to see this since it was in the cinema and I can't believe it's taken me this long
well worth the wait! Some cringeworthy gross bits, but an all round a
romp of a good film. So many laughs. Some at the expense of the accents.
Reminiscent of Plunket and Macleane with dark bawdy humour and little colour, period pieces with lots of physical humour and style in keeping with how the times would have been, not too showy and "hollywood." Pegg and Serkis were brilliant together and Jessica Hynes is always a comedy genius. British film at it's best.
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