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Burke and Hare -- A black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.
Burke and Hare -- 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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  (in credits order)

Bill Bailey ... Hangman

Tom Wilkinson ... Doctor Robert Knox

Michael Smiley ... Patterson

Tim Curry ... Doctor Monro

Paul Davis ... Patient

Christian Brassington ... Charles
Gabrielle Downey ... Mad Maggie

Stuart McQuarrie ... Magistrate

Simon Pegg ... William Burke

Andy Serkis ... William Hare

Mike Goodenough ... Aggrieved Customer

Jessica Hynes ... Lucky
Robert Fyfe ... Old Donald
Robert Willox ... Gravediggers' Bouncer

David Schofield ... Fergus

David Hayman ... Danny McTavish

Christopher Lee ... Old Joseph

Ronnie Corbett ... Captain Tam McLintoch

Ciaron Kelly ... Private Fox

Reece Shearsmith ... Sergeant Mackenzie
Joyce Henderson ... Mrs. McFie

Isla Fisher ... Ginny Hawkins

Pollyanna McIntosh ... Mary

Georgia King ... Emma
Amanda Claire-Jones ... Nicola (as Amanda Claire)
Shelley Longworth ... Hannah

Allan Corduner ... Nicephore

Steve Speirs ... McMartin's Doorman
George Potts ... Doctor Lister

Duncan Duff ... Attendant

Hugh Bonneville ... Lord Harrington

Ray Harryhausen ... Distinguished Doctor
Alan Munroe ... Distinguished Doctor (as Sir Alan Munroe)
John Gaynor ... Distinguished Doctor (as Dr. John Gaynor)
Michael Wilson ... Distinguished Doctor
Robert Paynter ... Distinguished Doctor
Simon Farnaby ... William Wordsworth

Tom Meeten ... Samuel Coleridge

Paul Whitehouse ... Gentleman Drunk

Michael Winner ... Gentlemen Passenger
Ella Smith ... Barmaid
Janet Whiteside ... Old Woman

Jenny Agutter ... Lucy

Robert Stone ... Miss Clarissa Windsor

Max Landis ... Handsome Coachman

Christopher Obi ... John Martin (as Chris Obi)
Patricia Gibson-Howell ... Mrs. John Martin
Michael Billington ... Medical Student

Stephen Merchant ... Holyrood Footman
Jacob Edwards ... Hollyrood Courtier

John Woodvine ... Lord Provost
Billy Riddoch ... Rabble Rouser
Esme Thompson ... Nicephore's Girlfriend

Costa-Gavras ... French Family (as Costa Gavras)
Michèle Ray-Gavras ... French Family (as Michele Ray Gavras)
Romain Gavras ... French Family
Emmanuel Hamon ... French Family
Theo Hamon ... French Family
Dodger ... Greyfriars Bobby
Seamus ... Himself (as Seamus the Dog)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gioacchino Jim Cuffaro ... Doctor

Tom Machell ... Medical Student
Stuart Adams ... Ticket Tout (uncredited)
Guðmundur Auðunsson ... Thug #1 (uncredited)

Paul Bergquist ... Man in Tavern (uncredited)
Michelle Brooks ... Macbeth Girl (uncredited)
Christian Carroll ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Joseph Dewey ... Medical Student (uncredited)
Darren Hammock ... Highland Soldier (uncredited)
Charli Janeway ... Medical Student (uncredited)
Jamie Langlands ... Medical Student (uncredited)
Johnny Lynch ... Oyster Trader (uncredited)
Chris Mansfield ... Stage hand (uncredited)

Ken Matthews ... The Boil Man (uncredited)

Nick Moorcroft ... Reporter (uncredited)
Pete Noakes ... Tanner (uncredited)
Spencer Noll ... Hamish (uncredited)

Gino Picciano ... Doctor (uncredited)
Nick Shaw ... Barman (uncredited)
Adam Smith ... Medical Student (uncredited)
Mark Smith ... Policeman (uncredited)
Tom Urie ... Obese man (uncredited)
Rebeka Venters ... Market Woman (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Landis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Piers Ashworth  screenplay
Nick Moorcroft  screenplay

Produced by
James Atherton .... executive producer
Paul Brett .... executive producer
Alexandra Ferguson .... co-producer
Jan Pace .... executive producer
Tim Smith .... executive producer
James Spring .... executive producer
Barnaby Thompson .... producer
Original Music by
Joby Talbot 
Cinematography by
John Mathieson 
Film Editing by
Mark Everson 
Casting by
Daniel Hubbard 
Production Design by
Simon Elliott 
Art Direction by
Bill Crutcher (supervising art director)
Nick Dent 
Set Decoration by
Annie Gilhooly 
Costume Design by
Deborah Nadoolman 
Makeup Department
Sylvia Atkins .... junior make up artist: dailies
Ricci-Lee Berry .... makeup daily
Christine Blundell .... hair stylist
Christine Blundell .... makeup artist
Helen Conroy .... junior makeup artist: dailies
David Dorling .... crowd hairdresser
Lucy Friend .... junior make up artist: dailies
Barrie Gower .... prosthetics supervisor
Soleil Jackson .... makeup trainee
Monica MacDonald .... make up artist: daily
Waldo Mason .... prosthetics supervisor
Chloe Meddings .... makeup artist
Andrew Simonin .... crowd hairdresser
Stephanie Lynne Smith .... daily makeup artist
Ailsa Lawson .... makeup work experience (uncredited)
Production Management
Linda Deacy .... post-production supervisor
Bobby Prince .... unit manager
Tim Wellspring .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Browne .... additional third assistant director
Stephen Carney .... additional third assistant director
Chris Foggin .... crowd assistant director
Jamie Gavin .... assistant director runner
Mark Hopkins .... second assistant director
Liam Lock .... third assistant director
Andy Madden .... third assistant director
George Nelson .... additional third assistant director
Alex Oakley .... first assistant director
Art Department
Marshall Aver .... production buyer
Jo Berglund .... assistant buyer
Steve Bohan .... construction manager
Ian Cooper .... chargehand dressing props
Gary Crosby .... head painter
Matt Curtis .... title design
Kevin Day .... stand by props
Jake Drummond .... carpenter
Paul Duff .... chargehand carpenter
Colin H. Fraser .... construction manager: Scotland
Gavin Gordon .... carpenter
Peter Hallam .... property master
Felicity Hickson .... graphic artist
Douglas Ingram .... storyboard artist
Gary Jopling .... assistant art director
Martin Lane .... standby painter
Andrew 'Fred' MacMillan .... props
Gary Martin .... props daily
Jamie McCallum .... carpenter
Richard A. McCarthy .... supervising plasterer
Lisa McDiarmid .... stand-by art director
Garry Moore .... standby carpenter
Michael Parkin .... props
Marco Anton Restivo .... assistant art director
David Richmond .... carpenter
Nic Stubbings .... stand-by props
Kristin Theyers .... props
Bill Thomas .... props
Dean Coldham .... plasterer (uncredited)
Rohan Harris .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry Barnes .... supervising sound editor
Gareth Bull .... sound re-recording mixer
Martin Cantwell .... sound effects editor
Joe Carey .... sound assistant
Duncan Craig .... sound department: work experience
Peter Hanson .... sound editor
Adam Horley .... adr recordist
Craig Irving .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrea King .... foley artist
Nick Kray .... adr mixer
Adam Mendez .... foley mixer
Adam Mendez .... sound re-recording mixer
John Midgley .... production sound mixer
Mike Reardon .... boom operator
Colin Ritchie .... dialogue editor
David Sendall .... sound assistant
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Neal Champion .... special effects supervisor
Bernard Newton .... special effects
Scott Peters .... special effects technician
Nick P. Phillips .... special effects senior technician
Visual Effects by
Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor .... Visual Effects Producer: BlueBolt
Angela Barson .... visual effects supervisor
Max Dennison .... matte painting supervisor: Matte Painting UK Ltd
Will Hudson .... digital restoration
Emma Hulme .... digital restoration
Markus Kuha .... lead compositor: BlueBolt
Matthew W.B. Plummer .... digital compositor: BlueBolt
Michael Byrch .... stunt performer
Gary Connery .... stunt coordinator
Danielle da Costa .... stunt performer (as Danielle De Costa)
Gary Hoptrough .... stunt performer
Rob Jarman .... stunt performer
Curtis Rivers .... stunt performer
Andy Wareham .... stunt performer
Curtis Rivers .... stunt double: Christopher Lee (uncredited)
Andy Wareham .... stunt double: Andy Serkis (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... key grip
Graham Baker .... h.o.d. rigger
John Conroy .... vfx cinematographer
Jim Crowther .... b camera grip
Paul Edwards .... steadicam operator
John Gamble .... first assistant camera
Charlie Gray .... specials photographer
Robert Hamilton .... video technician
Phill Hardy .... second assistant camera
Lewis Hume .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Russell Kennedy .... second assistant camera
Giles Keyte .... additional still photographer
Alan Martin .... gaffer
James Nesbitt .... electrician
Carsten Thoms .... balloon light technician
Garry Thomson .... chargehand electrician
Neil Tomlin .... crane technician: dailies
Dan West .... camera trainee
Andrew Bradley .... camera trainee: dailies (uncredited)
Robbie Bryant .... camera trainee: dailies (uncredited)
Casting Department
Brendan Donnison .... voice casting
Gemma Sykes .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gordon Harmer .... costume supervisor
Helen Ingham .... key costumer
Eleanor Landgrebe .... costume assistant
Ashwin Makan .... costume assistant
Heidi McQueen-Prentice .... costume assistant
Calandra Meredith .... costume assistant
Sally Turner .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Paul Ensby .... digital colorist
Emanuele Giraldo .... assistant editor
Todd Kleparski .... digital intermediate producer
Jesse Rowe .... trainee assistant editor
Jules Smith .... EPK producer
Dominic Thomson .... di editor
Music Department
Andrew Fisher .... orchestrator
Ben Foster .... composer: additional music
Dave Foster .... music preparation
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Jeremy Holland-Smith .... musician: piano
Tony Lewis .... music editor
Catherine Manners .... music score coordinator
Transportation Department
Paul Allen .... unit driver
Russell D. Equi .... unit driver
Rob Hempenstall .... transportation captain
Tony Power .... prop truck driver
Ken Price .... driver: main unit camera truck
Barrie Williams .... driver: Simon Pegg
Other crew
Johnathan Abbott .... assistant studio manager: Ealing Studios
Johnathan Abbott .... studio coordinator: Ealing Studios
Sarah Alexander .... assistant producer
Anna Brazinova .... head of administration: Prescience
Clare Brody .... data operator: Technicolor
Isabel Chick .... production accountant: Prescience
Hannah Collett .... production coordinator
Jake Cox .... carriage driver
Tom Cox .... carriage driver
Joe Downs .... assistant accountant
Jon Duncan .... production accountant
Richard George .... assistant location manager
Simon George .... head of finance: Ealing Studios
David Hancock .... location manager: scotland
Paula Hind .... production secretary
Tabitha Jenkins .... head of production
Julia Jones .... unit publicist
Rachel King .... unit nurse
Tamara King .... floor runner
Cathy Lorimer .... key floor runner
Nichola Martin .... associate producer
Jill McCullough .... dialect coach
Josey McNamara .... floor runner
Simon Mills .... assistant production coordinator
Daniel Naprous .... horse master
Jon Parker .... systems development manager
Ian Pearce .... security
Mike Pike .... carriage driver
Ari Daniel Pinchot .... development
Gill Raddings .... animal wrangler (as Gill Riddings)
Emilia Reid .... production staff
Stuart Avi Savitsky .... development
Jules Smith .... creative executive
Camilla Stephenson .... location manager
Rebecca Wolf .... first assistant accountant
Evan Leighton-Davis .... development coordinator: Ealing Studios (uncredited)

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Rated R for some sexual content, disturbing images and language
91 min
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Did You Know?

Among many cultural and historical jokes interwoven in the plot, one occurs when Professor Munro says to Dr. Lister, "your breath is appalling." Although the timeline is somewhat off, with Lister being of a later generation than that portrayed during the events of the film, he was nonetheless the pioneer of using carbolic acid for the sterilization of surgical instruments and cleaning of wounds during the 1860s. This effectively revolutionized surgery and saved the lives of countless patients who would otherwise have died of infection or had to have limbs amputated due to gangrene. He is also who the famous anti-septic mouthwash product Listerine is named after, hence the ironic joke about his breath being appalling.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
William Burke:She is an actress, not a whore.
William Hare:What's the difference?
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21 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Like a Hammer film played for laughs, 28 October 2010
Author: trevorwomble from UK

It is good to see a John Landis film back on the big screen but i feel he missed a trick or two with this average effort. Firstly, for a film set in Scotland i found it odd that the cast was almost entirely English, betraying the roots of the story (and of the English cast only Tom Wilkinson ,a splendid actor, managed to give a good approximation of a Scots accent).

This film felt a bit of a homage to the Hammer films, a point made when a certain Hammer Icon makes a cameo appearance (i won't name the individual as i don't want to add a spoiler). I am guessing Landis is a Hammer fan and to be fair to him the sets and locations work quite well, giving Edinburgh a spooky feel to it. Both Pegg and Serkis are OK in the lead roles and do their best to sound Irish. It was also good to see Jenny Agutter make a brief appearance too, especially as she is invariably remembered for appearing in Landis's American Werewolf in London nearly 30 years ago...a nice touch by the director. In fact there seems to be quite a lot of casting British film and TV icons in this film (Ronnie Corbett being another) so i'm guessing that maybe Simon Pegg or Andy Serkis only agreed to do it if certain British childhood icons of theirs were also given parts.

To be honest the Burke and Hare story has been better done before but this film puts a comedic twist on it that doesn't always work. The bad language feels unnecessary for a start and the gore isn't as bad as i thought (certainly not on the levels of the Hostel or Saw films...and not even as graphic as the Final Destination franchise). There are some genuine laughs to be had but usually when Pegg and Serkis are on the screen. The story itself also swings back and forth between gruesome and the unexpected romantic angles that may have been intended to show Burke and Hare as committing their crimes for something other than just greed.

Basically this is a reasonably graphic horror story with heart and morality that has some good laughs but falls flat in a few areas. The cast give it their best shot and whilst it has an old fashioned feel to it in many ways, it is the unnecessary post-modern touches, the inconsistent rate at which the comedy comes and the rather odd casting that jarred me. However do keep an eye out for the odd cameo appearance from some famous actors and comedians.

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