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The Thing with Two Heads (1972)

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

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Lee Frost

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

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 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
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Storyline

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>

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And now with the fights, the Fuzz, the chicks and the choppers...Man, they're really in deeeeep trouble! See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beast with Two Heads See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

The police insignias on the squad cars and shoulder patches read "Akersfield" instead of "Bakersfield". See more »

Quotes

Dr. Maxwell Kirshner: Phillip... Get me another body... please.
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Connections

Featured in It Came from Hollywood (1982) See more »

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A Prayer
Written by Jerry Butler and Samuel F. Brown III
Performed by Jerry Butler
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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Grier and Milland team up for a cinematic tour de force.
2 November 2006 | by gsh999See all my reviews

This movie took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions and left me entirely drained. There are some people who believe that art can change people's lives. "The Thing With Two Heads" has probably changed my life. After seeing the terrible ordeal endured by the title character, The Thing With Two Heads, I am now less worried by everyday, mundane problems and more focused on the true meaning of life. And, like every great work of art, "The Thing With Two Heads" helps us understand our human condition and question our role in the universe.

How could The Academy have overlooked Rosey Grier's performance in this film? I can only assume Marlon Brando had done his share of brown nosing after the release of "The Godfather" to edge out superior performances by lesser-known talent, such as Grier's performance in "The Thing With Two Heads." An under-rated classic. 10/10


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