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Burke and Hare (2010)

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A black comedy about two nineteenth century grave robbers, who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.

Director:

John Landis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Bailey ... Hangman
Tom Wilkinson ... Doctor Robert Knox
Michael Smiley ... Patterson
Tim Curry ... Doctor Monro
Paul Davis ... Patient
Christian Brassington ... Charles
Gabrielle Downey Gabrielle Downey ... Mad Maggie
Stuart McQuarrie Stuart McQuarrie ... Magistrate
Simon Pegg ... William Burke
Andy Serkis ... William Hare
Mike Goodenough Mike Goodenough ... Aggrieved Customer
Jessica Hynes ... Lucky
Robert Fyfe ... Old Donald
Robert Willox Robert Willox ... Gravediggers' Bouncer
David Schofield ... Fergus
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Storyline

Based on the true story about the famous murderers, 'Burke And Hare' follows the hapless exploits of these two men as they fall into the highly profitable business of providing cadavers for the medical fraternity in Nineteenth Century Edinburgh, then the centre of medical learning. The one thing they were short of was bodies. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No Job Too Small. No Body Too Big. No Questions Asked.

Genres:

Comedy | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burke & Hare See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£942,894 (United Kingdom), 31 October 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$947, 11 September 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,833, 15 September 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,349,187, 15 September 2011
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The dog seen in the first graveyard scene with Burke (Simon Pegg), Hare (Andy Serkis), and the militia, is a reference to a famous Edinburgh story. Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier, who in nineteenth century Edinburgh, spent fourteen years returning to, and guarding, the grave of his owner, John Gray. The movie accurately shows him as being a Skye Terrier, and also shows his Master's name on the grave he guards, John Gray. See more »

Goofs

When Burke and Hare stop for a drink and Burke says that they have no money, Hare plucks a half-crown from underneath Burke's cap. The half-crown that is used in the film is from 1902 - 1910 which is nearly 100 years after the film is set. See more »

Quotes

William Burke: I had confidence in a fart once, and I shat all over myself.
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Crazy Credits

This is a true story. Except for the parts that are not. See more »

Connections

Version of The Flesh and the Fiends (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Lyrics by James Thomson
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another great film from Mr Simon Pegg
16 June 2012 | by HelenMarySee all my reviews

The amazing Simon Pegg in this historical comedy based on the real life murderers Burke and Hare. Very funny all the way through, witty and with a star-studded cast of the English screen. Have wanted to see this since it was in the cinema and I can't believe it's taken me this long - well worth the wait! Some cringeworthy gross bits, but an all round a romp of a good film. So many laughs. Some at the expense of the accents.

Reminiscent of Plunket and Macleane with dark bawdy humour and little colour, period pieces with lots of physical humour and style in keeping with how the times would have been, not too showy and "hollywood." Pegg and Serkis were brilliant together and Jessica Hynes is always a comedy genius. British film at it's best.


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