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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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The Battle between Good and Evil has many Victims...and one Witness. 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Malkovich wore color blend contacts to make his eyes appear blue for his role as Henry Jekyll - a far softer look in comparison to the wild dark-eyed look of Edward Hyde. 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 Sexton: Del 7 (1996) See more »

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Subtly thrilling
3 May 2004 | by nviiibrownSee all my reviews

Not many movies can get away with keeping Julia Roberts from smiling, but Mary Reilly does so well. It's a movie of subtleties and moods. Its dark themes deal with the oppression of a strict, class-based society in Victorian England as well as the secrets that we all hide inside our hearts. The familiar tale takes intriguing new turns from the viewpoint of the house's servants. John Malkovich, while a tad thin on his English accent, delivers a fantastic performance as both Jekyll and Hyde as he plumbs the depths of morality and the human soul. Hyde is a stark contrast of freedom among the restrained servants of the Jekyll house, and his subtle sexual innuendoes quietly violate the chastity of Victorian stereotypes. Much of the violence occurs off camera until near the climax of the film, which may be one of it's shortcomings. The film is very quiet and slow and may put some viewers to sleep. Another issue I had was the lovely Henson-Workshop-provided effects at the end, which are imaginative, but don't make a bit of sense when compared to the rest of the film. If you can stomach a quiet and very subtle thriller, however, this is a real gem.


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