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Doctor Faustus (1967)

Unrated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 6 February 1968 (USA)
A man sells his soul to the devil in order to have the woman he loves.

Writers:

Christopher Marlowe (play), Nevill Coghill (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... Doctor Faustus
Elizabeth Taylor ... Helen
Andreas Teuber ... Mephistophilis
Ram Chopra Ram Chopra ... Valdes
Richard Carwardine Richard Carwardine ... Cornelius
Patrick Barwise Patrick Barwise ... Wagner
Michael Menaugh Michael Menaugh ... Good Angel / Bishop (as Michael Meneaugh)
Richard Durden ... Evil Angel / Knight (as Richard Durden-Smith)
David McIntosh David McIntosh ... Lucifer
Jeremy Eccles Jeremy Eccles ... Belzebub
Gwydion Thomas Gwydion Thomas ... Lechery
Ian Marter ... Pride / Emperor
Nicholas Loukes Nicholas Loukes ... Envy / Cardinal of Lorraine
Adrian Benjamin Adrian Benjamin ... Pope
Elizabeth O'Donovan Elizabeth O'Donovan ... Empress
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Storyline

Faustus is a scholar at the University of Wittenberg when he earns his doctorate degree. His insatiable appetite for knowledge and power leads him to employ necromancy to conjure Mephistopheles out of hell. He bargains away his soul to Lucifer in exchange for living 24 years during which Mephistopheles will be his slave. Faustus signs the pact in his own blood and Mephistopheles reveals the works of the devil to Faustus. Written by alfiehitchie

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The story of a scientist who sells his soul to the devil

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doctor Fausto See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The film's opening prologue states: "A tragic legend written down in the sixteenth century wherein a learned scientist honoured with the laurels of his university, sold his soul to the devil for still greater knowledge and power in the unknown". See more »

Goofs

When Faustus anoints his head with blood there is one mark on his forehead, but when he is conjuring Mephistophilis, there are two blood marks. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Faustus: [speaking about Helen of Troy] Was this the face that launched a thousand ships and burnt the topless towers of Illium? Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss!
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A movie to cherish...
17 October 2001 | by patrick.hunterSee all my reviews

Thank God, Richard Burton did this film. A man who was unjustly considered a sell-out, he did this first on stage and then for film with all profits of both productions going to Oxford. Yes, it's cheaply designed and theatrical, with an distracting music score...but when else will you see a film of Marlowe's play with an actor as great playing the part?

I realize the film has its shortcomings, but its virtues are also plainly evident. Those who dismiss it a just a bad film strike me as a bunch of gluttonous clods or anti-intellectual pismires. It's a movie to cherish.


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