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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 ... Boar Man
David Hudson ... Bison Man
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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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,101,987, 25 August 1996

Gross USA:

$27,663,982

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,627,779
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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

This was the third film that John Frankenheimer took over after the first director was fired. The others were Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and The Train (1964). Both films starred Burt Lancaster, who played the title role in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977). 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

Sayer of the Law: It is a hard way, the way of being a man. Sooner or later we all want a thing that is bad. To walk on all fours. To suck up drink from a stream. To jabber, instead of saying the words. To go snuffling at the earth, and to claw on the bark of trees. To eat flesh, or fish. To make love to more than one, every which way. These are all bad things. These are not the things that men do. But we are men, are we not? We are men because the Father has made us men!
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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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Die Interimsliebenden (Rausch Remix)
Written by Einstürzende Neubauten (as Einsturzende Neubauten)
Performed by Einstürzende Neubauten (as Einsturzende Neubauten)
Courtesy of Mute Records Limited and Rough Trade Records
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User Reviews

Excellent film
2 June 2004 | by wistar_ratSee all my reviews

This is one of my favourite movies. I'm a fan of H.G. Wells' books and I think this movie is true to the book. It's much better than the 1977 version. Brando does a great job and Thewlis instantly became one of my favourite actors. Fairuza Balk is absolutely gorgeous!

Wells' stories are surprisingly advanced and mature. Island of Dr. Moreau and War of the Worlds were completely believable, unlike some of the modern adaptations of his works (e.g. the movie Independence Day). Considering that this story was written in the late 1800s, it's held up quite well and is more relevant than ever.


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