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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1968)

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director:

Charles Jarrott

Writers:

Robert Louis Stevenson (novel), Ian McLellan Hunter (teleplay)
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Palance ... Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde
Denholm Elliott ... Mr. George Devlin
Leo Genn ... Dr. Lanyon
Torin Thatcher ... Sir John Turnbull
Rex Sevenoaks ... Dr. Wright
Gillie Fenwick ... Poole
Elizabeth Cole Elizabeth Cole ... Hattie (as Liz Cole)
Duncan Lamont ... Sergeant Grimes
Paul Harding Paul Harding ... Constable Johnson
Oskar Homolka ... Stryker
Tessie O'Shea Tessie O'Shea ... Tessie O'Toole
Jeanette Landis Jeanette Landis ... Liz (as Jeannette Landis)
Liza Creighton Liza Creighton ... Billie
Billie Whitelaw ... Gwyn Thomas
Donald Webster Donald Webster ... Garvis
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Storyline

This made-for-television adaptation doesn't waste time with preliminaries. Within 15 minutes of its opening, Dr. Henry Jekyll has already experimented on himself with a concoction that he'd hoped would neutralize his baser instincts but which releases without inhibition his long-repressed animal inclinations. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Rod Serling was the initial screenwriter, but left the production prematurely. See more »

Quotes

Devlin: My God, Henry, what you've done... it's satanic!
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Connections

Version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1980) See more »

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Soldiers of the Queen
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Performed by Tessie O'Shea
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Mr Hyde is on a rampage in Victorian London. But what of Dr Jekyll?
25 August 2015 | by snicewangerSee all my reviews

This is easily my favorite version of the Robert Louis Stevenson monster tale. Jack Palance is ideally cast as Mr Hyde. He is physically strong, athletic, menacing, and quite vicious when crossed.Legendary make up artist Dick Smith created Hyde's Satanic look. Palance's Dr Jekyll is effective as well.He plays him as socially awkward and uncomfortable with his emotions. An excellent supporting cast includes Denholm Elliot, Leo Genn, Oskar Homolka, and Torn Thatcher. Billie Whitelaw plays Gwyn as sexy,vulnerable and the object of Hyde's sadistic lust.

Dan Curtis became a master of Gothic story telling and he gets strong performances from everyone involved. He capture's the look of London in the 1880's with its foggy and gas lit back streets with help from set dresser Fred Brown.Robert Colbert's eerie theme music would later show up in Curtis's Dark Shadows

A chillingly good story and outstanding performances make this one a must for any horror film connoisseur.8 out of 10.


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