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Dead Ringers (1988)

Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.

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David Cronenberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Beverly Mantle / Elliot Mantle
Geneviève Bujold ... Claire Niveau
Heidi von Palleske ... Cary
Barbara Gordon Barbara Gordon ... Danuta
Shirley Douglas ... Laura
Stephen Lack ... Anders Wolleck
Nick Nichols Nick Nichols ... Leo
Lynne Cormack Lynne Cormack ... Arlene
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Birchall
Miriam Newhouse Miriam Newhouse ... Mrs. Bookman
David Hughes David Hughes ... Superintendent
Richard W. Farrell Richard W. Farrell ... Dean of Medicine (as Richard Farrell)
Warren Davis Warren Davis ... Anatomy Class Supervisor
Jonathan Haley Jonathan Haley ... Beverly, Age 9
Nicholas Haley Nicholas Haley ... Elliot, Age 9
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Storyline

The Mantle brothers are both doctors - both gynecologists - and identical twins. Mentally however, one of them is more confident than the other, and always manages to seduce the women he meets. When he's tired of his current partner, she is passed on to the other brother - without her knowing. Everything runs smoothly, until an actress visits their clinic, and the shy brother is the first to fall in love. Will they be able to 'share' her ? Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Two bodies. Two minds. One soul See more »

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Certificate:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Ringers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,134,733
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The shots of the twins onscreen together were accomplished through one of the first uses of computer-controlled moving-matte photography. See more »

Goofs

In a scene dated 1954, the twins seen are playing with The Visible Woman, Revell toy company's biological model of a woman that was not marketed until at least five years later. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elliot, Age 9: You've heard about sex...
Beverly, Age 9: Sure I have.
Elliot, Age 9: Well I've discovered why sex is.
Beverly, Age 9: You have? Fantastic.
Raffaella: It's because humans don't live under water.
Beverly, Age 9: I don't get it.
Elliot, Age 9: Well, fish don't need sex because they just lay the eggs and fertilize them in the water. Humans can't do that because they don't live in the water. They have to - internalize the water. Therefore we have sex.
Beverly, Age 9: So you mean humans would have sex if they lived in the water?
Elliot, Age 9: Well they'd have a kind of sex. The kind where you wouldn't ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

In the Still of the Night (I'll Remember)
Performed by The Five Satins
under license from Arista Records, Inc.
Copyrighted by Llee Corp.
Composed by Fred Parris
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Dead Ringers is not dead on
27 June 2009 | by Samiam3See all my reviews

David Cronenberg has never made a bad movie, and I don't think he ever will, but Dead Ringers, despite some great ideas, did not impress me. Dead Ringers is convoluted and seemingly pointless. The premise starts off simple, but the screenplay makes it more complex than necessary.

Dead Ringers focuses on twin brothers Bev and Elliot who are rich and renowned gynaecologists. Their success and popularity comes from working closely together, but things go south when they meet the young actress Claire Niveau which whom they each have an affair. The emotional aftermath, messes up not only their work, but their mindset and mental stability.

The movie starts off quite well actually, It's interesting to see Jeremy Irons play two different characters in the same scenes. Good acting and pacing keeps Dead Ringers stable for the first hour but around the half way point, it starts to deteriorate, eventually collapsing under the weight of its complexity. The dialog gets weak, character development becomes unclear, And the ending is abrupt and silly.

I suppose the fact that the movie is adapted from a novel explains some of the complexity. As I've noticed, good filmmakers usually try to be loyal to the novels or literary works they adapt from, when they do so. Adapted or not, I think Dead Ringers is occasionally thought provoking and clever but not an especially competent film.


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