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Mary Reilly (1996)

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A housemaid falls in love with Dr. Henry Jekyll (John Malkovich) and his darkly mysterious counterpart, Mr. Edward 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

Somewhere in England in the nineteenth century. A pretty housemaid works in a nice house, which is Dr. Henry Jekyll's (John Malkovich's) house. Mary Reilly (Julia Roberts) think she found her best job, because she is poor and the doctor is well-known and rich. This movie 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 loves innocence. 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Julia Roberts was nominated for a Razzie for Worst Actress for this movie. She lost to Demi Moore for Striptease (1996). 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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Connections

Version of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1968) See more »

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Eerily memorable
21 March 2008 | by pogostiksSee all my reviews

OK, so this film was trashed by the critics... and I would bet a fortune that the average MTV generation movie-goer will practically fall asleep watching it - but I posit that their trouble with this film says more about them than it does about Frear's Gothic tale.

There are weaknesses - above all the fact that everyone else (including Julia Roberts ) has an accent but Malkovitch refuses to even attempt one. What's an American accent doing in the middle of all this? Malkovitch also seems to be channeling his own performance in Frear's masterpiece, Dangerous Liaisons - but if you haven't seen that film you should love what he does in this one.

But other than that, I found the slow pace to be totally gripping... The entire story is told from the viewpoint of Mary Reilly, and I have never seen Julia Roberts do a better job than here. She is wonderfully effective... it is worth watching this film only for her performance. But it is also worth watching because of the attention to period detail. You really get a feeling of what it must have been like to live in the 19th century. The manners, the utensils, the class differences...the psycho-sexual straight-jacket.

I will not give any details about the film - I'll let those who watch it discover it for themselves. But I would like to say one thing about the pace. This is not an action film, it is not even a horror film in the traditional sense. It is mainly a story of discovery - dealing with the slow realization of hidden desires and uncontrolled motivations; as such it should not - nay, could not be done at a quicker pace. It's really too bad that fewer and fewer people today seem to be capable of watching something that is subtle and slow. The loss is theirs.


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