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Burke & Hare (1972)

R | | Horror | 3 February 1972 (UK)
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Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves.

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... Cruncher
Roy Macready ... Merrilees
... Burke
Susan Coates ... Polly
... Marie
Christine Pilgrim ... Rosie
Joan Carol ... Madame Thompson
... Lord Angus McPhee
Kenneth Thornett ... Councillor Gordon
... Janet
Katya Wyeth ... Natalie (as Katya Wyath)
Caroline Yates ... Annie
... Hare
... Mrs. Hare
... Mrs. Burke
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Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves.

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The pimps and the prostitutes and the body-snatchers. The brothels and dens of iniquity.

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3 February 1972 (UK)  »

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The Bodysnatchers  »

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Final feature film of Frederick Piper. See more »

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When "Daft Jamie" is being shown at the medical school, in the close up of his foot, his toe's move. See more »

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[telling an anecdote over dinner with Dr Selby]
Dr. Knox: He was a great barrel-chest of a man - heart like a steam engine, lungs like a pair of bellows. "Slip your trews down, man," I say. So he lets his trews fall down round his feet. "And your under-drawers," I say. "How can I examine you with your drawers on?" "I'd rather not," he says. "I'm very sensitive - it's my person, it's very small". "Good heavens, man!" I say, "That's nothing to worry about. I see dozens of them every day - big ones, small ...
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Version of The Flesh and the Fiends (1960) See more »

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The Minstrel Boy
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Lyrics by Thomas Moore
Performed by Glynn Edwards
[Tune: "The Moreen" (Irish traditional)]
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A Great Interpretation of the Classic Legend
10 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves.

What you might recall about this film more than anything else is its theme song, which is certainly rather fun and moving. Bringing this tale to life is important and a great addition to horror cinema. Sure, it had been done before as "The Body Snatcher" and "The Flesh and the Fiends"... but it is my understanding that this was the first to be so explicit in the title.

The film also asks another question, perhaps philosophical or ethical: do dead bodies have value? Certainly murder is a terrible crime, but what of people who died naturally? Certainly their owners do longer need them -- why not be taken for medical science? (We now have donor cards and the like, but indeed, how were surgeons to learn their craft without practice?)


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