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Burke and Hare (2010)

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A black comedy about two nineteenth 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) (31 October 2010)

Gross:

$4,833 (USA) (15 September 2011)
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The poster of Ginny (Isla Fisher) as Macbeth, is very close to a famous photograph of Eva Le Galliennne as Hamlet (also a woman playing an eponymous Shakespearian character, who was originally a male). They share the same stance, full body shot, face on, legs planted firmly in the ground, as well as a similar costume in the trousers, boots, and cape. See more »

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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

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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Version of Horror Maniacs (1948) See more »

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Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Lyrics by James Thomson
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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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