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
An obscure joke occurs early in the movie, when Burke & Hare are unmasked as a pair of confidence men since their "Irish moss" is revealed to be cheese mold - a foolish substitute, since they could've used Scottish moss. But the real point is that such molds really can cure some infections as was claimed, and if Burke & Hare hadn't turned to grave robbing then they just might be hailed as the 19th century discoverers of Penicillin. See more »
William Burke did not confess to the crimes in order to save his friends and love, he was in fact betrayed by William Hare who sold him out after they were caught. However, this is comedy and Burke's confession was played for laughs. 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 »
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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