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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 ... 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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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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They share the same body... but hate each other's guts! See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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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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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The police insignias on the squad cars and shoulder patches read "Akersfield" instead of "Bakersfield". See more »

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Dr. Maxwell Kirshner: Williams! If you cut off my head, that'll be murder!
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Baron Frankenstein (1996) See more »

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The Thing Theme Police Chase
Composed and Performed by Porter Jordan
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All things '70s merged into one!
14 November 1998 | by curtis-8See all my reviews

"The Thing with Two Heads" is a masterpiece of 1970's explotiation. Everything is here: a no-talent Football star actor (Rosey Grier), Pre-"Smokey and the Bandit" car chases, motorcycles, blaxploitation cliches galore, cheap monsters, no budget, beyond-bad dialogue, a director who thought he was moving up and out of the porno industry, and, of course, the great Ray Milland, star of the incomparable 1970's classic "Frogs". Classic scenes: Convicted convict Grier comes out of anesthesia and expresses suprise and dismay at finding Ray Milland's head attached to his body. Grier: "What did you guys do to me?" Milland, sounding petulent: "We transplanted my head onto your body--now shut up!"

Grier and Milland (the two heads on Rosey's body, remember) show up at Grier's girlfriend's apartment in search of refuge from the cops: Grier: (noticing his gal's shock at seeing his 2-headed condition) "Don't worry baby, I won't hurt you." Girlfriend (looking unsure): "You get into more s***."

The whole film is like this. HIGH-larious. No one could do this on purpose, and that's what makes this 1970's classic such a fantastic find.


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