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Mary Reilly (1996)

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A housemaid falls in love with Dr. Jekyll and his darkly mysterious counterpart, Mr. Hyde.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writers:

Valerie Martin (novel), Christopher Hampton (screenplay)
6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Roberts ... Mary Reilly
John Malkovich ... Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde
George Cole ... Mr. Poole
Michael Gambon ... Mary's Father
Kathy Staff ... Mrs. Kent
Glenn Close ... Mrs. Farraday
Michael Sheen ... Bradshaw
Bronagh Gallagher ... Annie
Linda Bassett ... Mary's Mother
Henry Goodman ... Haffinger
Ciarán Hinds ... Sir Danvers Carew (as Ciaran Hinds)
Sasha Hanau Sasha Hanau ... Young Mary
Moya Brady Moya Brady ... Young Woman
Emma Griffiths Malin ... Young Whore
David Ross David Ross ... Doctor
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Storyline

We are somewhere in England in the 19th century. A Pretty housemaid works in a nice house, which is Dr. Jekyll's house. Mary Reilly think she found her best job, because she is poor and the doctor is well-known and rich. The film tells the 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' story as a woman sees the two men, one of them is good and the other is evil. And she loves them ... Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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Evil is Irresistable. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for notable gore and some strong violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El secreto de Mary Reilly See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,812,620, 25 February 1996

Gross USA:

$5,707,094

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,379,402
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The plot is based on "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson. This in turn was partly inspired by actual events in Edinburgh, Scotland during the late 1700s, when a city councilor by the name of Deacon William Brodie led a double life as a respectable cabinet maker by day and burglar by night. Certain scenes in the film are shot in areas Brodie had once walked and worked. See more »

Goofs

Mary's accent disappears & reappears several times during the film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Henry Jekyll: I'm not going to bite you.
Mary Reilly: I'm sorry, sir, you gave me a fright.
Dr. Henry Jekyll: You're up very early.
Mary Reilly: I'm generally up by five, sir, otherwise I get behind.
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Referenced in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) See more »

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde through the Eyes of a Housemaid
7 January 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the nineteen century, in London, the dedicated housemaid Mary Reilly (Julia Roberts) is part of the staff under the command of the butler Mr. Poole (George Cole) that works for Dr. Henry Jekyll (John Malkovich). Mary is a traumatized woman that was abused by her father when she was a child and very devoted to Dr. Jekyll. One day, he gathers Mr. Poole and the servants in a room and tells that his assistant Mr. Edward Hyde will be work in his laboratory with free access to the house. Mary Reilly and her mates are unsuccessful to see the mysterious Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll trusts on Mary Reilly and she helps him, delivering letters to the notorious Mrs. Farraday (Glenn Close) that owns a brothel to clean the mess that Mr. Hyde does in the city. Mary Reilly is seduced by the educated Dr. Jekyll and by the reckless and violent Mr. Hyde.

"Mary Reilly" is a dramatic and romantic view of the classic story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde through the eyes of a housemaid. The plot is developed in slow pace and is not exactly an horror movie and maybe this is the reason that many viewers did not like this movie. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Segredo de Mary Reilly" ("The Secret of Mary Reilly")


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