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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)
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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,600,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,272,308
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Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Julia Roberts and John Malkovich didn't get along. 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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Version of Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde (1995) See more »

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this may have been Julia Roberts's most interesting role ever
7 January 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I usually don't like Julia Roberts. She focuses way too much on looking perfect and that dominates her movies. But she plays a different kind of role in "Mary Reilly". As Dr. Jekyll's (John Malkovich) maid getting seduced by both him and Mr. Hyde, she gives the impression of someone trapped in Victorian England wondering how to get out. And Mr. Hyde knows just how to seduce. Even knowing how evil Mr. Hyde is, you really grow to like him; he's a sort of rebel against Victorian mores and the class system.

I think that the best line in the movie is when Mary tells Dr. Jekyll about her father's (Michael Gambon) drinking problem; it was almost too self-referential! As it is, I think that Malkovich's performance in this movie might have been what made me view this movie positively, more than Julia Roberts's performance. But either way, you'll probably like it. It's not Stephen Frears's best movie, but still pretty interesting. Also starring Glenn Close.


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