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Burke and Hare (2010)

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Burke and Hare is a movie starring Bill Bailey, Tom Wilkinson, and Michael Smiley. A black comedy about two nineteenth century grave robbers, who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hangman
... Doctor Robert Knox
... Patterson
... Doctor Monro
... Patient
... Charles
Gabrielle Downey ... Mad Maggie
Stuart McQuarrie ... Magistrate
... William Burke
... William Hare
Mike Goodenough ... Aggrieved Customer
... Lucky
... Old Donald
Robert Willox ... Gravediggers' Bouncer
... Fergus
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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

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

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Comedy | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 September 2011 (USA)  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the West Port area of Edinburgh, the murderers' legacy lives on in a strip club named Burke & Hare. See more »

Goofs

The (Royal) Lyceum Theatre, referenced in the film, did not exist in 1828 as it was not built until 1883. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Robert Knox: That's the third rotter I've had from McTavish and his gang of grave robbers in the last three weeks.
[sighs]
Doctor Robert Knox: I can't go on like this.
Patterson: Is there anything I can do Doctor?
Doctor Robert Knox: You could start praying, Patterson, for the one thing that could save us.
Patterson: And what's that sir?
Doctor Robert Knox: An enormous and awful calamity right here in Edinburgh. An accident or a - or a natural disaster. Something which generates the large numbers of cadavers I need for my work.
Patterson: Wouldn't that be nice sir?
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This is a true story. Except for the parts that are not. See more »

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Version of The Body Snatcher (1945) See more »

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Auprès de Ma Blonde
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Traditional
Performed by Allan Corduner
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Landis Comeback
23 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

Burke and Hare is a story of two men in Scotland in the late XIX century barely making a dime when an opportunity comes along to earn hard cash by killing people and selling their bodies to the benefit of science.

This movie may seem morally rotten at its core making a comedy out of murder, but it succeeds at it while quite a lot of comedies with far less harmful plots don't, not to mention that some of the most popular TV shows of today make it fit right in. John Landis comedies much in common with ZAZ productions and sometimes are almost live action cartoons. The title characters are shown as flawed people in a desperate situation which they think justifies their actions - we don't laugh with them, only at them. And that's intentional.

John Landis came back with a surprisingly decent feature. It's as if the MTV-style cinema revolution has passed him by (the one that hit the new Sherlock Holmes square in the face). No camera gymnastics, no forced sensual assault, all the action and physical comedy happens in frame. Burke and Hare is his first 2.35:1 feature and it shows - the frame at first appears a little too wide, like if the characters were taken from a 16:9 movie and arranged accordingly. By the way, "highly entertaining", "very funny" and "packed with the cream of British talent" - those bits on the poster aren't far from the truth.


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