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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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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

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

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Comedy | Thriller

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

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9 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£942,894 (UK) (29 October 2010)

Gross:

$947 (USA) (9 September 2011)
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Trivia

David Tennant was originally cast as William Hare but had to drop out shortly before filming began because NBC, for whom he had recently shot a TV pilot, declined to release him to shoot the film for fear of scheduling problems if the pilot was picked up early. See more »

Goofs

The (Royal) Lyceum Theatre, referenced in the film, did not exist in 1828 as it was not built until 1883. See more »

Quotes

McMartin's Doorman: You're not coming in wearing those.
Nicephore: [looks at his shoes] But they are French.
McMartin's Doorman: Exactly. So sling your hook.
Nicephore: Pardon?
McMartin's Doorman: Sling your hook.
Nicephore: Hooook?
McMartin's Doorman: Your hook, sling it.
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This is a true story. Except for the parts that are not. See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 18 October 2010 (2010) See more »

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I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
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Performed by The Proclaimers
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John Landis' Burke and Hare is more like a Victorian Laurel and Hardy
28 October 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Burke and Hare is a fast-paced, fun filled riot and the title roles are inhabited brilliantly by Simon Pegg (as William Burke) and Andy Serkis (as William Hare). Harking back to the good old American Werewolf days, Burke and Hare joyfully plays with your expectations, creating characters you like and sympathise with and then making you squirm as they nonchalantly murder their way through Edinburgh. Andy Serkis proves that he is the most easily likable man in the world with his earnest, all or nothing approach to acting, and as he reasons that mankind's fate is sealed the moment they're born, you almost find yourself nodding along happily when he suggests "helping them along the way". Simon Pegg has the straighter role, though not by far, as he gleefully goes from love-struck puppy-eyed romantic to monstrously suffocating old ladies in the blink of an eye, his facial expressions, mostly of dim witted "innocence" perfectly contrast with Serkis (Burke's reaction to Hare's coinage of the term "burking" is hilarious). All in all the duo are a perfect pare, thick as thieves and as funny as, well, horrible murderers.


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