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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 overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Beverly / Elliot
Geneviève Bujold ... Claire / Leo's wife(actress)
Heidi von Palleske ... Cary / Elliot's girlfriend
Barbara Gordon ... Danuta / clinic receptionist
Shirley Douglas ... Laura / Claire's friend
Stephen Lack ... Anders Wolleck
Nick Nichols Nick Nichols ... Leo / Claire's husband
Lynne Cormack Lynne Cormack ... Arlene / patient
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Birchall / Claire's secretary
Miriam Newhouse Miriam Newhouse ... Mrs. Bookman / patient
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>

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Two bodies. Two minds. One soul See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

Working title: "Gemini". The studio didn't like it, and so switched to "Twins". This was changed to "Dead Ringers" after Ivan Reitman, who had produced two of Cronenberg's early films, approached Cronenberg about purchasing the rights to use the title "Twins". Twins was then used for the Danny DeVito/Arnold Schwarzenegger film Twins (1988). See more »

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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 have to ...
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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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Horrific, Disgusting, Grotesque, Riveting
20 August 2003 | by roland-sinnSee all my reviews

Cronenberg consistently makes technically well crafted films. His subject matter however and the way he displays his subject matter (ie – his love of gore and perverse creations), often divides opinion of his works.

I think what makes DR a remarkably strong film is that Cronenberg tones down his use of trademark gore. There is a little, but it's used sparingly and non-gratuitously. This shows that Cronenberg can exercise self-control when he wants to.

The overall look of the film is beautiful: Ultra modern and austere. The twins apartment looks like the perfect abode for socially detached souls.

But the most extraordinary aspect of DR is Jeremy Iron's performance as both Mantle Twins. He shades each of the twin brothers amazingly and makes them both terrifying and sympathetic characters. Geneviève Bujold also delivers a faultless performance, looks fantastic as a more mature woman and proves the fact that women over 40 can be very sexy; a fact which Hollywood (very insultingly) continues to ignore.

The film's subject matter is very unsettling and controversial. As a man, I found a lot of scenes difficult to watch. But to be fair, Cronenberg never pushes the film into the cheap and tasteless territories of gratuitousness and exploitation.

Overall, DR is a very heavy experience. As one reviewer noted: ‘Do not watch if you are feeling depressed.' I agree totally with this point. But it is a film which is guaranteed to remain in the mind a long, long time afterwards. Ultimately, I like films which I can remember in detail years after I've seen them.

7/10


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Country:

Canada

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,012,180, 25 September 1988

Gross USA:

$8,038,508

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,038,508
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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