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The Hands of Orlac ()

Orlacs Hände (original title)
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A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.

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Paul Orlac (as Veidt)
Alexandra Sorina ...
Yvonne Orlac (as Sorina)
Fritz Strassny ...
Der alle Orlac (as Strassny)
Paul Askonas ...
Der Diener (as Askonas)
Carmen Cartellieri ...
Regine (as Cartellieri)
Hans Homma ...
Dr. Serral (as Homma)
Fritz Kortner ...
Nera (as Kortner)

Directed by

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Robert Wiene

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Louis Nerz ... ()
 
Maurice Renard ... (novel)

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Henning Lohner ... (1998)
Paul Mercer

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Hans Androschin
Günther Krampf

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Stefan Wessely
Hans Rouc ... (uncredited)

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Karl Ehrlich ... production manager

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Lorne Balfe ... music arranger (new score 1998)

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  • Aywon Film (1928) (United States) (theatrical) (as 'The Hands of Orlac')
  • Grapevine Video (2003) (United States) (DVD) (DVD-R; as 'The Hands of Orlac')
  • Emerald (2006) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Kino Video (2007) (United States) (DVD) (as 'The Hands of Orlac'; remastered in HD)
  • Shudder (2015) (United States) (video) (streaming)
  • LS Video (United States) (VHS)

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Plot Summary

Orlac is a world famous pianist. One day he is badly hurt in a big train wreck. He is in danger of losing both his hands so his wife begs the doctors to save them. They eventually manage to transplant his hands with those of another deceased person. After his recovery Orlac discovers that there is something seriously wrong with his new pair of hands -- it is as if they had a will of their own. But Orlac doesn't know that they actually belonged to a dangerous murderer. Written by Aljaz Ciber, Slovenia

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Also Known As
  • Die unheimlichen Hände des Doktor Orlac (Germany)
  • The Hands of Orlac (United States)
  • The Hands of Orlac (World-wide, English title)
  • Les mains d'Orlac (France)
  • Las manos de Orlac (Spain)
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  • 92 min
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Trivia This film was incomplete for decades, due to footage that never made it into the American prints and footage that had been cut due to censorship in German prints. The film was restored to its original length in 1995 by F. W. Murnau Stiftung. See more »
Goofs When Orlac reads a newspaper, the headlines are in German but the body in French. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Fatale beauté (1994). See more »
Crazy Credits In the opening credits, all cast members are billed by their last names only. See more »

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