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 »
3,045 ( 540)
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 <>

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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?


Val Kilmer was originally cast as the lead, but wanted his commitment reduced after his then-wife Joanne Whalley served him with divorce papers. He switched roles with Rob Morrow, originally cast as Montgomery, the Doctor's assistant. Morrow left the film after Richard Stanley was fired, leading to David Thewlis being cast. Ironically, Thewlis was one of the people Stanley originally wanted in the film. See more »


When Montgomery rips pages out of a book, his shirt is blue. When Azazello takes the gun from his hunting vest, his shirt is white. See more »


Hyena-Swine: There is no pain, there is no law!
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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 »


Spoofed in South Park: An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig (1997) See more »


Concerto for 2 Violins in D Major
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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User Reviews

why don't anyone like this movie?
10 April 2000 | by todd2uSee all my reviews

I don't know why people hate this movie. I thought it was good. It's a good science fiction movie. The acting was good. The plot and the effects were good. It had some action in it. I especially like the ending. There wasn't really anything wrong with the movie. In my opinion it was a good remake. Why anyone doesn't like this movie I'll never know. But I do recommend this movie to anyone who likes a good Science Fiction movie, and liked the book.

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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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