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Jekyll & Hyde (1990)

Henry Jekyll is a troubled man. His wife died of pneumonia. He wants his sister-in-law, but her father forbids any contact, and his experiments into the dual nature of man have yielded a ... See full summary »

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David Wickes

Writers:

Robert Louis Stevenson (derived from the story by), David Wickes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde
Cheryl Ladd ... Sara Crawford
Joss Ackland ... Dr. Charles Lanyon
Ronald Pickup ... Jeffrey Utterson, Esquire
Diane Keen ... Annabel
Kim Thomson ... Lucy Harris
Kevin McNally ... Sergeant Hornby
David Schofield ... Snape
Lee Montague ... Inspector Palmer
Miriam Karlin Miriam Karlin ... Mrs. Hackett
Lance Percival Lance Percival ... Beresford Mount, Prince's Private Secretary
Joan Heal Joan Heal ... Mrs. Clark
Frank Barrie Frank Barrie ... Poole the Butler
Lionel Jeffries ... Jekyll's Father
Martin Jacobs Martin Jacobs ... Young Man (as Martyn Jacobs)
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Storyline

Henry Jekyll is a troubled man. His wife died of pneumonia. He wants his sister-in-law, but her father forbids any contact, and his experiments into the dual nature of man have yielded a personality-splitting drug that he has tested on himself, changing him into an uninhibited brute who seeks violent and undignified pleasures. Jekyll quickly becomes addicted to the sordid freedom induced by the drug. He can commit the most enjoyably revolting deeds, then return to his laboratory and use an antidote to change back to his original form, so that his lofty persona remains untarnished. But Jekyll's forbidden affair with his sister-in-law becomes a scandal, and with the growing rage within him, his other self no longer needs the drug for release. As Jekyll loses control of his transformations and his antidote becomes less effective, the Police begin to suspect his part in his alter-ego's increasing violence. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Horror | Thriller

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A television movie made for ABC. See more »

Goofs

When Dr Jekyll sits in a chair and takes pictures of himself turning into Hyde he takes his ring off his pinky before drinking the potion.. However when he's turning into Hyde the rings back on his finger. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Henry Jekyll: Evil is not a scientific word.
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Blue Danube
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Music by Johann Strauss
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Bald Jekyll and Hyde
6 September 2018 | by CineanalystSee all my reviews

This TV adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novella doesn't deserve Michael Caine in the eponymous role. Although it has better production values than other TV movies I've seen, that's about all that I have to say in its favor. Otherwise, it's yet another adaptation to add a romance to a story that had none; in this case, an affair with his late-wife's sister, who is married to another man. On top of this, Dr. Jekyll is given a personal, as well as a professional, feud with Dr. Lanyon, the father of Jekyll's lover here. It's part of the only theme the movie seems to understand about the book, which is the scientific cautionary tale. Despite all of the drugs Caine's Jekyll/Hyde takes, it doesn't seem to grasp the obvious allusion to drug addiction. Despite the rapes, it doesn't seem to get that Hyde is Jekyll's doppelgänger, exercising perversities that were always within him. Nope, he's just a scientist who was too curious. How bland. There's also an awful framing narrative added with Mr. Utterson, the main narrator in the novel.

In this one, Hyde is a super-strong bald and ugly deformed creature whose body bubbles during transformations, which here are mostly accomplished via editing for makeup changes and practical effects for the inflating skin.


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