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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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Did You Know?


Both John Cleese and Dan Aykroyd were rumored for roles at one point. 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 Robert Knox: That's the third rotter I've had from McTavish and his gang of grave robbers in the last three weeks.
Doctor Robert Knox: I can't go on like this.
Patterson: Is there anything I can do Doctor?
Doctor Robert Knox: You could start praying, Patterson, for the one thing that could save us.
Patterson: And what's that sir?
Doctor Robert Knox: An enormous and awful calamity right here in Edinburgh. An accident or a - or a natural disaster. Something which generates the large numbers of cadavers I need for my work.
Patterson: Wouldn't that be nice sir?
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Crazy Credits

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


Featured in Great Movie Mistakes III: Not in 3D (2011) See more »


Comin' Thro' the Rye
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Performed by Tom Urie
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Absolutely loved it!
30 October 2010 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Can't believe some of the negativity on here and in the press. And I really don't why people are saying that it isn't funny. This is a very funny, charming film in the tradition of the old Ealing comedies. The cinema I went to see it in was packed and was laughing all the way through. How anyone can say that Landis has delivered a turkey is baffling. It's witty, well shot, got great performances and it has Ronnie Corbett! Hilarious. I think this is a film that has suffered from all of the expectation and the mass marketing. I don't think it is consistently laugh out loud movie but it is consistently funny. I'm so glad that I got the chance to see something different, other than all of the franchise crap on offer at the moment. Two thumbs up to Landis, Pegg and Serkis and of course, Mr Ronnie Corbett, long may your career continue! 4 stars!

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