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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

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)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£942,894 (UK) (31 October 2010)

Gross:

$4,833 (USA) (15 September 2011)
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Dr. Robert Knox is played in this film by Tom Wilkinson. In real-life, his association with the Burke and Hare murders damaged his reputation, and ruined his career. See more »

Goofs

Burke and Hare are in Greyfriars Churchyard, digging up a body, but are watched by a dog on John Gray's grave; this is presumably Greyfriars Bobby. In reality, Greyfriars Bobby lived around 1855-1872 so would have lived later than 1828/29 when the series of murders took place. See more »

Quotes

William Burke: She is an actress, not a whore.
William Hare: What's the difference?
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This is a true story. Except for the parts that are not. See more »

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Featured in Projector: Burke & Hare (2011) See more »

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I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Charlie Reid/Craig Reid
Performed by The Proclaimers
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another great film from Mr Simon Pegg
16 June 2012 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

The amazing Simon Pegg in this historical comedy based on the real life murderers Burke and Hare. Very funny all the way through, witty and with a star-studded cast of the English screen. Have wanted to see this since it was in the cinema and I can't believe it's taken me this long

  • well worth the wait! Some cringeworthy gross bits, but an all round a
romp of a good film. So many laughs. Some at the expense of the accents.

Reminiscent of Plunket and Macleane with dark bawdy humour and little colour, period pieces with lots of physical humour and style in keeping with how the times would have been, not too showy and "hollywood." Pegg and Serkis were brilliant together and Jessica Hynes is always a comedy genius. British film at it's best.


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