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The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

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After being rescued and brought to an island, a man discovers that its inhabitants are experimental animals being turned into strange-looking humans, all of it the work of a visionary doctor.

Directors:

John Frankenheimer, Richard Stanley (uncredited)

Writers:

H.G. Wells (novel), Richard Stanley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Dr. Moreau
Val Kilmer ... Montgomery
David Thewlis ... Douglas
Fairuza Balk ... Aissa
Daniel Rigney ... Hyena-Swine
Temuera Morrison ... Azazello
Nelson de la Rosa ... Majai
Peter Elliott ... Assassimon
Mark Dacascos ... Lo-Mai
Ron Perlman ... Sayer of the Law
Marco Hofschneider ... M'Ling
Miguel López Miguel López ... Waggdi (as Miguel Lopez)
Neil Young Neil Young ... Boar Man
David Hudson ... Bison Man
Clare Grant Clare Grant ... Fox Lady
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Storyline

Set in the year 2010, Dr. Moreau has successfully combined human and animal DNA to make a crossbreed animal. Well, as usual, something goes wrong and David Thewlis must try to stop it before it is too late. Originally rated R, but cut by Frankenheimer to allow "a wider audience". Written by Kale Whorton <nikko11@mind.net>

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On a remote ISLAND in the South Pacific, the balance OF nature has been upset by the experiments of DR. MOREAU... with the key of science he's unlocked the gates of hell. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, horror and gore involving mutant creatures | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Indonesian

Release Date:

23 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La isla del Dr. Moreau See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,101,987, 25 August 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,663,982, 3 November 1996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New Line Cinema See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The actors playing Doctor Moreau's children spent most of their downtime engaging in alcohol, sex, drugs and general debauchery. See more »

Goofs

When Douglas is first walking through the creature settlement, his shirt sleeves are rolled up. In the next shot from the same scene, his sleeves have gone down See more »

Quotes

Dr. Moreau: [Aissa walks behind Dr.Moreau and massages his shoulders] Ah God yes, oh yes God, oh please, forcefully, forcefully
[Aissa puts more force into it and causes pain on Dr.Moreau]
Dr. Moreau: Oh... oh no, oh my God
[Dr.Moreau clears his throat, coughs and removes Aissa's hands from his shoulders]
Dr. Moreau: Not so strong, you have no idea how strong you can be. You must be very, very careful.
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Alternate Versions

The director's cut contains 4 extra minutes of footage including an expanded intro in the Java sea, a more gruesome end for 'The Father', and other small enhancements See more »

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Referenced in Modern Family: Lake Life (2017) See more »

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Night Bird
Written by Eric Mouquet and Michel Sanchez
Performed by Deep Forest
Courtesy of 550 Music/Epic
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Sense of humor needed to watch this
7 October 1999 | by hgniSee all my reviews

This movie gets a bad rap -- viewers say Brando plain sucks and that it butchers a good Wells story. Perhaps the latter is true, but I consider Brando, as the mad doctor, a fine choice and, while he is rather subdued, he is still the candid, self-conscious actor we all know and love. He practically mumbles his lines as his mouth is lined with cotton and (probably) cheeseburgers. And, the scene where Brando plays piano along with his "pre Mini-Me" sidekick is a classic. Now, I know Brando refused to learn his lines for this movie and Kilmer is known for being a real ass to work with, but the in-production feuds add to the aura of this film. These characters aren't supposed to like each other and the tension fills the air. The special effects are top notch, albeit gruesome and a bit overdone. It all adds to the feel of the movie. I have this movie on tape and watch it again and again, alongside "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," "Taxi Driver," "Rear Window" and "Dr. Strangelove." If you thought you shouldn't see this based on other user's comments, put your expectations aside and just enjoy!


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