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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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The gates of hell are unlocked. 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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Trivia

The "Majai" full-body prosthetics designed for Nelson de la Rosa, the smallest actor in the world at that time. Because Marlon Brando wanted him to be in many more scenes with Dr. Moreau, Shane Mahan's team had to produce a more complex and detailed make-up for Majai's character, with the wardrobe department providing matching miniaturized versions of Dr. Moreau's clothes. See more »

Goofs

Montgomery's shirt, when he is ripping pages out of a book, is blue. However, When Azazello takes the gun from his hunting vest, his shirt is white See more »

Quotes

Dr. Moreau: I have almost achieved perfection you see, of a divine creature that is pure, harmonious, absolutely incapable of any malice. And if in my tinkering I have fallen short of the human form by the snout, claw or hoof, it really is of no great importance. I am closer that you could possibly imagine sir.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre Video: Top Gun (1986) (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Messy but underrated
23 January 2000 | by Gary-161See all my reviews

This wasn't as bad as I had been led to believe and was often nightmarish as well as gripping. I understand it was a troubled production and that may explain the uneven lurches in action. This film was saved by the excellent and committed performances by the actors who played the animals, who were really heartbreaking. Wells himself had an ambivalent attitude to the human race and was said to have had certain facist sympathies. However, Any philisophical points tended to be drowned by the rather garish direction. Brando's accent seemed wrong for the modern day setting of the film as well. A sad and distressing film that is well worth a look.


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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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