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The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)

A shipwrecked survivor discovers a remote island owned by a crazed scientist who is carrying out sinister experiments on the island's inhabitants.

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Don Taylor

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H.G. Wells (novel), Al Ramrus (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Dr. Paul Moreau
Michael York ... Andrew Braddock
Nigel Davenport ... Montgomery
Barbara Carrera ... Maria
Richard Basehart ... Sayer of the Law
Nick Cravat ... M'Ling
The Great John L. The Great John L. ... Boarman
Bob Ozman ... Bullman
Fumio Demura ... Hyena Man
Gary Baxley Gary Baxley ... Lionman
John Gillespie John Gillespie ... Tigerman
David S. Cass Sr. David S. Cass Sr. ... Bearman (as David Cass)
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A ship-wrecked man floats ashore on an island in the Pacific Ocean. The island is inhabited by a scientist, Dr. Moreau, who in an experiment has turned beasts into human beings. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The Doctor Is In-SANE! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ilha do Dr. Moreau See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,000,000, 31 December 1977
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Carradine turned down the role of Andrew Braddock. See more »

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When Montgomery's dead body is delivered to the "animals", the actor being picked up reaches for the arm of the animal retrieving him. See more »

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Andrew Braddock: [to Moreau] No, no! You're the animal!
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Surprisingly well done
17 December 2001 | by OmneSee all my reviews

I recently saw this version of The Island of Dr. Moreau for the first time courtesy of MGM Midnite Movies.

It was much better than I thought it would be. Of course that was mainly due to the fact that I had already seen the abomination made in 1996 starring Brando and Kilmer. After seeing that mess I had pretty low expectations for this one. I was pleasantly surprised by the acting, yes even Michael York's, as well as the make-up.

Barbara Carrera was beautiful as always even though her character seemed to be more window dressing then integral to the plot. I'm not complaining mind you, she makes lovely window dressing.

Lancaster did an excellent job as Moreau. His subdued, scientific detachment fit the part perfectly and it was interesting as he started going over the edge towards the end of the movie.

York managed a very good scene when he, as he was changing into an animal, managed to remember things from his childhood as he desperately tried to keep his identity and humanity.

Not the best movie that I've seen but it's in the top 10% or so. After watching this version it makes me even more appalled at the 1996 disaster. It's too bad that a lot of people now have an idea of what Island of Dr. Moreau based on that version instead of on this one.

I'd give it an 8 out of 10.


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