A scientist creating perfumes inherits his great grandfather Dr. Jekyll's formula and decides to use modern technology to improve it. He ends up as an ambitious, ruthless woman. She tries to prevent returning into the spineless man.


David Price


David Price (story), Tim John (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Young ... Helen Hyde
Tim Daly ... Dr. Richard Jacks
Lysette Anthony ... Sarah Carver
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Oliver Mintz
Harvey Fierstein ... Yves DuBois
Thea Vidale ... Valerie
Jeremy Piven ... Pete Walston
Polly Bergen ... Mrs. Unterveldt
Stephen Shellen ... Larry
Sheena Larkin Sheena Larkin ... Mrs. Mintz
John Franklyn-Robbins ... Prof. Manning
Aron Tager ... Lawyer
Jane Connell ... Aunt Agatha
Julie Cobb ... DuBois' Psychiatrist
Kim Morgan Greene ... Paparazzi Lady / Party Lady


Dr. Richard Jacks is a creator of perfumes. His girlfriend, Sarah, sometimes gets pushed to the side, but he loves her. One day, he discovers that his great-grandfather, Dr. Jekyll, was a scientist with a secret: a revolutionary discovery. He tries to follow in his footsteps and creates perfumes, each greater than the next. But one gives him more than he bargained for. He is transformed into a buxom bombshell, Helen Hyde. She is a powerhouse and a woman with a plan. The catch is, Richard doesn't know she exists. As he finds himself in situations each more ridiculous than the last, he becomes aware of Helen and makes a plan to get rid of her once and for all. But her career is growing. She won't go without a fight. Written by moddydhoo

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Helen Hyde wants the Doctor's body... She just doesn't want him in it at the same time. See more »


Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude sex-related scenes and humor, nudity and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Director David Price and actress Lysette Anthony met on the set of this film, and later married. See more »


During the first transformation scene to Helen we see Richard taking a drink and his finger nails grow to a feminine length and his arm hair shrinks. A second later he placed his hands on his legs as his genitals transform from mail to female yet he has short nails again. A few moments later he has long nails again. See more »


Dr. Richard Jacks: The next time I tell you I'm a girl, just take my word for it. OK?
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Version of The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) See more »


If I Could Fool My Heart
Performed by Liz Barnitz
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Great premise, but...
24 July 2000 | by Costu-2See all my reviews

This is a modernist twist on the classic Stevenson tale, with Tim Daly playing mild-mannered perfume researcher Richard Jacks, who is turned into the stunning (but increasingly lethal) Helen Hyde (played by the gorgeous Sean Young) when he drinks a formula bequeathed to him by his greatgrandfather, Dr. Jekyll. (Are we to assume that this is the ORIGINAL Dr. Jekyll??) Despite a fairly strong cast -- which includes Harvey Fierstein and Stephen Toboloswky as colleagues of Dr. Jacks at the perfumery and Polly Bergen in a scene-stealing turn as an important cosmetics executive --,, some neat morphing technology, and some sporadically hilarious moments, the film does not fulfill the promise of its interesting premise. OK comedy with horror aspects -- but nothing special, I'm afraid...

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Release Date:

25 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$900,782, 27 August 1995

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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