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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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Patient
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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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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) (29 October 2010)

Gross:

$947 (USA) (9 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 »

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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 »

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Doctor Robert Knox: That's the third rotter I've had from McTavish and his gang of grave robbers in the last three weeks.
[sighs]
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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This is a true story. Except for the parts that are not. See more »

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Version of The Flesh and the Fiends (1960) See more »

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Words by John Newton
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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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