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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.


John Frankenheimer, Richard Stanley (uncredited)


H.G. Wells (novel), Richard Stanley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2,858 ( 611)
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





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 ... Boar Man
David Hudson ... Bison Man
Clare Grant ... Fox Lady


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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Through DNA experimentation Dr. Moreau has upset the balance of nature. By turning animals into humans, he's turned heaven into hell. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


With all of the production's delays, changes and problems, Shane Mahan and the rest of the SWS team wound up being in Australia for six months -- three months longer than originally scheduled. "It was the most grueling six months imaginable. Still, as tough as it was, I have fond memories of that show. The whole thing was an adventure. I knew, even as it was going on, that I'd never be on a show like that again. Steven Spielberg was never going to sneak onto one of his sets wearing a mask and costume!" "We did a lot of good work for Island of Dr. Moreau," added Stan Winston, "but it never really came together in terms of how our creations were shot. Frankly, it was a show that I hid from. It was probably the biggest show we'd ever done that I never even showed up on the set for. I just put poor Shane out there and let them tear him apart!" See more »


When Montgomery is putting the rabbits in the cage. See more »


Hyena-Swine: Tell them that I am the Law.
Sayer of the Law: Do not believe him! He is not the Law!
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Alternate Versions

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Island of Dr. Moreau added to Doctor Rock's Essential Viewing List
9 January 1999 | by Dr RockSee all my reviews

This movie, by definition, must be added to the Essential Viewing list if only to see Marlon Brando in what must be one of his last roles before the actual logistics of transporting him became an insurmountable problem for production. This combined with Val Kilmer as the drug dispensing Montgomery and being filmed in Australia, in addition to the amazing afro/counter rhythm strong sound track demands it a place in the realm of essential viewing. I feel confident that H.G. Wells would approve of the rewrite of his material too, in concept at least. Notable studies in concepts of ethics and mixed moralities.

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English | Indonesian

Release Date:

23 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Island of Dr. Moreau See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,101,987, 25 August 1996

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

New Line Cinema See more »
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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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