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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (1981)

Docteur Jekyll et les femmes (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 17 June 1981 (France)
In 19th century London, a sex maniac sneaks into the engagement party of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Miss Fanny Osbourne, turning the event into a nightmarish whirlpool of murder and debauchery.

Director:

Walerian Borowczyk

Writers:

Walerian Borowczyk (screenplay), Robert Louis Stevenson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Udo Kier ... Dr. Henry Jekyll
Marina Pierro ... Miss Fanny Osbourne
Patrick Magee ... General William Danvers Carew
Gérard Zalcberg ... Mr. Edward Hyde
Howard Vernon ... Dr. Lanyon
Clément Harari Clément Harari ... Reverend Donald Regan Guest
Jean Mylonas Jean Mylonas ... Mr. Utterson
Eugene Braun Munk Eugene Braun Munk ... Mr. Enfield
Louis Colla Louis Colla ... Mr. Maw (as Louis Michel Colla)
Catherine Coste Catherine Coste ... Mrs. Enfield
Rita Maiden ... Lady Osbourne, Fanny's mother
Michèle Maze Michèle Maze
Agnès Daems ... Charlotte Carew, the General's daughter
Magali Noaro Magali Noaro ... Victoria Enfield, the young dancer
Dominique Andersen Dominique Andersen
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Storyline

The film takes place before, during and immediately after the engagement party of Dr.Henry Jekyll and Miss Fanny Osborne, attended by numerous highly respectable guests (a general, a doctor, a priest, a lawyer), the last of which informs the company that a child has been murdered in the street outside. While the others watch a young dancer perform, Dr.Jekyll instructs the lawyer to alter his will, leaving everything to a certain Mr.Hyde. Shortly afterwards, the dancer is found murdered, and the guests realise that one of their number must be a maniac with a prodigious sexual appetite... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Recourse to evil runs rampant against the laws of human restraint.

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 June 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Borowczyk's Bloodbath of Doctor Jekyll See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

"Fanny Osbourne" was the name of Robert Louis Stevenson's real life fiancée, who was so shocked by his original draft of "The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde" that Stevenson threw the manuscript into the fire and wrote a completely different story. See more »

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General: Misfortune follows misfortune. Madame, I have murdered your chauffeur. My humblest apologies.
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Version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) See more »

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A surreal and disturbing retelling of the Jekyll and Hyde story from the director of the infamous art/porn movie 'The Beast'.
7 July 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Even though I watched the dubbed and censored (about 15 minutes of footage cut out as far as I can tell) version of 'Dr Jekyll and His Women' I was still very impressed by it. Director Borowczyk is best remembered for the infamous art/porn classic 'The Beast' so anyone who has seen that eye-popping oddity will have some idea what they're in for. Exactly what was left out of this cut I don't know, but looking at what Mr Hyde has in his pants it isn't difficult to guess! Cult legend Udo Kier ('Flesh For Frankenstein', 'Blood For Dracula', 'The Story Of O', 'Suspiria', etc.etc.) plays Dr Henry Jekyll, Marina Pierro (Rollin's 'The Living Dead Girl') is his fiancee, and the supporting cast includes the marvelous character actors Howard Vernon (who appeared in innumerable Jess Franco movies, 'Alphaville', 'Delicatessen' and many other cult favourites) and Patrick Magee ('Dementia 13', 'The Masque Of The Red Death', 'The Birthday Party','A Clockwork Orange'). Magee gives a classic performance and almost steals the movie from Kier. Both actors make 'Dr Jekyll and His Women' essential viewing for any fan of the bizarre and "out there". I can't wait to see the complete version of this movie, I'm sure it's amazing! As it is, despite my intense dislike of unnecessarily butchered video cuts, I highly recommend this movie.


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