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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Moreau
... Montgomery
... Edward Douglas
... Aissa
... Hyena-Swine
... Azazello
... Majai
... Assassimon
... Lo-Mai
... Sayer of the Law
... M'Ling
Miguel López ... Waggdi
Neil Young ... Boar Man
... Bison Man
Clare Grant ... Fox Lady
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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 the sixth day, God created man. On the seventh day, He rested. And on the eighth... See more »


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

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23 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La isla del Dr. Moreau  »

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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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It was Marlon Brando's idea for Doctor Moreau's chair to have peacock feathers on it. The art director managed to get them from a peacock at a nearby farm. See more »

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

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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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3 Thoughts
Written and arranged by Blixa Bargeld, Mark Chung, F. M. Einheit, Alexander Hacke & N. U. Unruh (Copyright Freibank Music)
Performed by Einsturzende Neubauten
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To go on two legs is very hard
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I'm not sure if that is the exact quote from the movie, but I think altogether too many reviewers of this film go on four. I really enjoyed this move for its story, the acting and the way it conveyed its many messages. One guy even had the gall to describe it as a bad Jurassic Park. Now that was a bad movie. Great special effects for the time perhaps but a paper thin story that failed to explore its subject and the implications thereof. This movie makes no such mistake. It explores themes of what it means to be human, whether ends justify means, and what is moral or immoral from different perspectives. It even explores the nature of good and evil to some degree. There are far too few movies, especially these days, that have this kind of depth and leave you, ultimately, to be the judge. Yes, it is disturbing; its meant to be. Yes, it is dark; its meant to be. It makes you think and leaves and indelible impression. It certainly has its flaws but if you can see past them, then perhaps you go on two legs, even though its hard.


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