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The Thing with Two Heads (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 19 July 1972 (USA)
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Doctors are forced to transplant the head of a dying, racist surgeon onto the body of a black death row inmate.


Lee Frost


Lee Frost (screenplay), Wes Bishop (screenplay) | 3 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Maxwell Kirshner
Roosevelt Grier ... Jack Moss (as 'Rosey' Grier)
Don Marshall ... Dr. Fred Williams
Roger Perry ... Dr. Philip Desmond
Chelsea Brown ... Lila
Kathrine Baumann ... Patricia (as Kathy Baumann)
John Dullaghan ... Thomas
John Bliss ... Donald
Bruce Kimball Bruce Kimball ... Police Lieutenant
Jane Kellem Jane Kellem ... Miss Mullen
Lee Frost Lee Frost ... Sergeant Hacker
Wes Bishop Wes Bishop ... Dr. Smith
Roger Gentry Roger Gentry ... Police Sergeant
Britt Nilsson Britt Nilsson ... Nurse
Rick Baker ... Gorilla


A rich but racist man is dying and hatches an elaborate scheme for transplanting his head onto another man's body. His health deteriorates rapidly, and doctors are forced to transplant his head onto the only available candidate: a black man from death row. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They transplanted a white bigot's head on a soul brother's body! See more »


Comedy | Sci-Fi


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FLIPPED SHOT: During the police chase, at least one officer's shoulder patch is reversed, meaning the film was flipped. See more »


Jack Moss: It's all right, honey, I'm not gonna hurt you.
Lila: You get into more shit...
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Spoofed in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror II (1991) See more »


The Thing Theme Police Chase
Composed and Performed by Porter Jordan
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Stupid, Racist, Cheesy but also Very Funny
29 April 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In California, the renowned Dr. Maxwell Kirshner (Ray Milland) is a brilliant transplant surgeon and owner of the Kirshner Transplant Institute. He is dying and develops a technique to transplant his head in another body in a gorilla. Kirshner, who is racist, hires the prominent Dr. Fred Williams (Don Marshall) to help in his surgery but when he sees that the doctor is black, he unsuccessfully tries to call off the contract. He uses his friendship with the Governor expecting to use the body of a convicted in death row that could donate his body to his experiment instead of being executed. The strong and black inmate Jack Moss ('Rosey' Grier) accepts the offer expecting to get more thirty days to prove that he is innocent. However Dr. Philip Desmond (Roger Perry) immediately operates Kirshner and Jack, but he is not able to control Jack that escapes from Kirshner's house. Jack teams-up with his girlfriend Lila (Chelsea Brown) and Dr. Fred Williams, who is convinced of his innocence and decides to remove Kirshner's head. But how to find another compatible body for Dr. Kirshner?

The Trash "The Thing with Two Heads" is a stupid, racist, cheesy but also very funny dark comedy. The politically incorrect plot is absurd but makes laugh a lot. It is impressive that Oscar winner Ray Milland ("The Lost Weekend") accepts such a silly role. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "O Monstro de Duas Cabeças" ("The Monster with Two Heads")

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Release Date:

19 July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beast with Two Heads See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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