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Burke and Hare (2010)

R  |   |  Comedy, Thriller  |  9 September 2011 (USA)
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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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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$947 (USA) (9 September 2011)

Gross:

$947 (USA) (9 September 2011)
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Trivia

The dog seen in the first Graveyard scene with Burke, Hare and the militia, is a reference to a famous Edinburgh story. Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who in 19th-century Edinburgh spent 14 years returning to, and guarding the grave of his owner, John Gray. The movie accurately shows him as being a Skye Terrier and also shows his master's name on the grave he guards, John Gray. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

McMartin's Doorman: I'll not explain myself again. Mr. Wordsworth is already in the club.
William Wordsworth: That cannot be, I am he, newly returned from my tour of the continent.
Samuel Coleridge: And I am Samuel Coleridge.
McMartin's Doorman: Aye. And I'm Robbie fuckin' Burns! Now piss off, the both ofyouse!
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This is a true story. Except for the parts that are not. See more »

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Version of El quinto jinete: El ladrón de cadáveres (1975) See more »

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Comin' Thro' the Rye
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Traditional
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Performed by Tom Urie
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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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