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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1980)

Dr. Henry Jekyll, a respectable Victorian scientist, concocts a drug which releases another side to his personality - a brutal, murderous alter ego.


Alastair Reid
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hemmings ... Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
Lisa Harrow ... Ann Coggeshall
Ian Bannen ... Oliver Utterson
Diana Dors ... Kate Winterton
Clive Swift ... Hastie Lanyon
Toyah Willcox ... Janet
Roland Curram ... Poole
Ben Aris Ben Aris ... Inspector Newcomen
Desmond Llewelyn ... Sir Danvers Carew
Gaye Brown Gaye Brown ... Diane
Sevilla Delofski Sevilla Delofski ... Fifi
Keith Hodiak Keith Hodiak ... Kangaroo
Gretchen Franklin Gretchen Franklin ... Cook
Jane Slaughter Jane Slaughter ... Gwen
Roger Davidson Roger Davidson ... Bradshaw


Dr. Henry Jekyll, a respectable Victorian scientist, concocts a drug which releases another side to his personality - a brutal, murderous alter ego.

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The most boring version of Jekyll and Hyde I've ever seen
30 November 2007 | by kriitikkoSee all my reviews

I'm a huge fan of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and I just counted that I've seen, this one included, 13 movie versions of the story. There are many great ones like the 1931 classic starring Frederik March, Jean Renoir's French film "Testament of Dr. Cordelier", an American TV film with Jack Palance, "I, Monster" with Christopher Lee, the strangely erotic "Dr. Jekyll and his women", Julia Roberts/John Malkovich film "Mary Reilly" and Mark Redfield's recent adaptations from 2002. These are all very fine Jekyll and Hyde films.

This film from 1981, a BBC production, however is not. The plot is incredibly slow, actors bored or uninterested in working and there is no chemistry between their characters. The film is lacking music in many scenes and when there is some it's enough to drive you to coma. During the transformation scenes director seems to be thinking he is doing some weird art film, or at least that's the only explanation I could come up with.

The only thing I found even slightly interesting in the film is David Hemmings(Profondo Rosso) who plays the title character. This time Hyde is left without make up, whereas Jekyll has been made old and over weighted. I thought this was good since in some versions the physical difference between Jekyll and Hyde is so small you can't help but think: "Why don't they get they're the same person?" Hemmings did all he could but it sadly wasn't enough to save this mess.

Belongs to the same category as "Edge of Sanity" starring Anthony Perkins and Michael Caine's "Jekyll & Hyde". Stevenson fans, be warned!

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6 January 1981 (USA) See more »

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Dr Džekil i g. Hajd See more »

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