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Mesmer (1994)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | August 1994 (Canada)
A biography of the eighteenth century Viennese physician, Franz Anton Mesmer, who used unorthodox healing practices based on his theory of "animal magnetism."

Director:

Roger Spottiswoode

Writer:

Dennis Potter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donal Donnelly ... Doctor (as Donal Donelly)
David Burke ... Doctor
Peter Dvorsky ... Dr. Deslon
Alan Rickman ... Franz Anton Mesmer
Anna Thalbach ... Francisca
David Hemblen ... Dr. Ingehousz
Simon McBurney ... Franz
Gillian Barge ... Frau Mesmer
István Szilágyi István Szilágyi ... Coachman
János Gosztonyi János Gosztonyi ... Footman
Heinz Trixner Heinz Trixner ... Baron de Horka
Petra Koberl Petra Koberl ... Baroness de Horka
Peter Janisch Peter Janisch ... Chancellor
Caroline Holdaway Caroline Holdaway ... Felicity
Amanda Ooms ... Maria Theresa Paradies
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Storyline

The 18th-century Viennese medical establishment is threatened by the radical yet successful healing methods of Austrian physician Franz Anton Mesmer. Blind pianist Maria Theresa Paradies, daughter of a well-to-do businessman, becomes Mesmer's patient after he calms her seizure at a concert. As the two are drawn into an intimate relationship, the situation is used as an excuse to banish Mesmer from Vienna. Undaunted, he moves on, becoming a court favorite in Paris. Written by Bhob Stewart <bhob@genie.com>

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Taglines:

Charlatan, Fraud... or Genius

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Austria | Canada | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1994 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Mesmer - O Feiticeiro See more »

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Budget:

£5,600,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Quotes

Franz Anton Mesmer: [with sarcasm] Professor Doctor Stoerk, can I help you at all? I deal with most derangements, sir.
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Looks good...but that is it.
21 January 2008 | by Twisted_GloomCookieSee all my reviews

I've read other reviews of this film which state that the only good thing in it is Alan Rickman and I am inclined to agree. The directing is poor, the storyline dismal and the script is terrible which isn't helped by poor audio levels. There weren't any subtitles on my DVD so I had no idea what was said for the majority of the movie. Even Alan Rickman wasn't enough to make this interesting because his acting wasn't of his usual standard. When he isn't overacting in an attempt to liven a dull film up, he is sat staring morbidly into space attempting to look moody...and it doesn't work. Nor is he supported by the rest of the cast or even the directing.

The only reason anybody would buy this is because Alan Rickman looks handsome in it. It has nothing else going for it.


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