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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

Writers:

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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Storyline

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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A tropical paradise, untouched by man... where a bizarre civilization exists. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,000,000, 31 December 1977
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second screen adaptation in the English language of H.G. Wells' novel "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1896). The first had been Island of Lost Souls (1932) and the third was The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996). See more »

Goofs

During the opening scene when the boat is being pushed ashore you can see the shadow of the boom mic in the water's edge. See more »

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Sayer of the Law: [about Moreau] His is the hand that makes. His is the hand that hurts. His is the hand that heals. His is the House of Pain. His is the House of Pain. His is the House of Pain. He who breaks the law shall be punished back to the House of Pain.
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Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja
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Excellent first halve compensates for weaker and more formulaic second.
5 December 2006 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

Especially if you don't know what this movie is about before you're going to watch it, you'll be gripped by its mysterious and tense build up.

To be frank, this movie has one of the best and most tense story build ups I have seen in a long time. For a long time it remains unclear what exactly is going on and what the movie will be about. As the movie progresses the movie does loose some of its power and tension, when it falls into some obvious clichés and formulaic genre elements, plus some just plain odd and poorly done sequences. But all is forgiven. All in all this version of the H.G. Wells remains a well done one, with plenty of enough tense and mysterious moments in it, which absolutely makes this movie distinct itself from other genre movies. In a way the movie and its build up and atmosphere really reminded me of "Planet of the Apes (1968)"

The build up and atmosphere is amazing in the first halve. It doesn't use any fancy tricks but leaves lots of things up to the viewers own imagination. The second halve is however quite different and in fact is nothing more than a typical genre piece from the '70's. Everything gets explained but at the same time everything also is far from believable. The horror/monster elements are hardly refreshing or new and in a way degrade the story- and the movie in general. It definitely makes the second halve of the movie not as good as the first but the first halve builds up so many things in a great way, that the second halve can't really ruin it that much. "The Island of Dr. Moreau" at all times remains a perfectly good watchable movie that is unique and a standout in its genre.

Burt Lancaster does a good job at keeping his role simple and mysterious. Michael York works out way better as the main hero than you at first would expect.

The settings are nice and so is the rest of the visual look. The make-up effects might look perhaps a bit outdated in todays perspective but they're actually quite above par. Also the musical score from Laurence Rosenthal is surprising great and works effective in the movie.

Just forget the '96 version. This movie is in my opinion surprisingly a real must-see!

8/10

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