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Burke and Hare ()


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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.

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Cast

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Hangman
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Doctor Robert Knox
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Patterson
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Doctor Monro
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Patient
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Charles
Gabrielle Downey ...
Mad Maggie
Stuart McQuarrie ...
Magistrate
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William Burke
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William Hare
Mike Goodenough ...
Aggrieved Customer
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Lucky
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Old Donald
Robert Willox ...
Gravediggers' Bouncer
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Fergus
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Danny McTavish
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Old Joseph
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Captain Tam McLintoch
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Private Fox
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Sergeant Mackenzie
Joyce Henderson ...
Mrs. McFie
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Ginny Hawkins
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Mary
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Emma
Shelley Longworth ...
Hannah
Amanda Claire-Jones ...
Nicola (as Amanda Claire)
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Nicephore
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McMartin's Doorman
George Potts ...
Doctor Lister
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Attendant
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Lord Harrington
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Distinguished Doctor
Alan Munroe ...
Distinguished Doctor (as Sir Alan Munroe)
John Gaynor ...
Distinguished Doctor (as Dr. John Gaynor)
Michael Wilson ...
Distinguished Doctor
Robert Paynter ...
Distinguished Doctor
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William Wordsworth
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Samuel Coleridge
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Gentleman Drunk
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Gentlemen Passenger
Tom Urie ...
Heart attack man
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Barmaid
Janet Whiteside ...
Old Woman
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Lucy
Robert Stone ...
Miss Clarissa Windsor
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Handsome Coachman
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John Martin
Patricia Gibson-Howell ...
Mrs. John Martin
Michael Billington ...
Medical Student
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Holyrood Footman
Jacob Edwards ...
Hollyrood Courtier
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Lord Provost
Billy Riddoch ...
Rabble Rouser
Esme Thompson ...
Nicephore's Girlfriend
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French Family (as Costa Gavras)
Michèle Ray-Gavras ...
French Family (as Michele Ray Gavras)
Romain Gavras ...
French Family
Emmanuel Hamon ...
French Family
Theo Hamon ...
French Family
Dodger ...
Greyfriars Bobby
Seamus ...
Himself (as Seamus the Dog)
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Cowboy
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Hopeful
Andrew Waldron ...
Man in Tavern
Guðmundur Auðunsson ...
Thug #1 (uncredited)
Paul Bergquist ...
Man in Tavern (uncredited)
Michelle Brooks ...
Macbeth Girl (uncredited)
Christian Carroll ...
Cowboy (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
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Medical Student (uncredited)
Darren Hammock ...
Highland Soldier (uncredited)
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Street child (uncredited)
Charli Janeway ...
Medical Student (uncredited)
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(uncredited)
Jamie Langlands ...
Medical Student (uncredited)
Johnny Lynch ...
Oyster Trader (uncredited)
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Medical Student (uncredited)
Chris Mansfield ...
Stage hand (uncredited)
Ken Matthews ...
The Boil Man (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Pete Noakes ...
Tanner (uncredited)
Spencer Noll ...
Hamish (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
Paul Redfern ...
Tavern Drinker (uncredited)
Nick Shaw ...
Barman (uncredited)
Adam Smith ...
Medical Student (uncredited)
Mark Smith ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Rebeka Venters ...
Market Woman (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Landis

Written by

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Piers Ashworth ... (written by)
 
Nick Moorcroft ... (written by)

Produced by

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James Atherton ... executive producer
Paul Brett ... executive producer
Alexandra Ferguson-Derbyshire ... co-producer (as Alexandra Ferguson)
Jan Pace ... executive producer
Tim Smith ... executive producer
James Spring ... executive producer
Barnaby Thompson ... producer

Music by

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Joby Talbot

Cinematography by

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John Mathieson

Film Editing by

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Mark Everson

Editorial Department

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Matt Adams ... digital intermediate consultant
Dan Dolan ... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Paul Ensby ... digital colorist
Emanuele Giraldo ... assistant editor
Jules T-Smith ... EPK producer (as Jules Smith)
Todd Kleparski ... digital intermediate producer
Jesse Rowe ... trainee assistant editor
Dominic Thomson ... di editor

Casting By

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Daniel Hubbard

Production Design by

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Simon Elliott

Art Direction by

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Bill Crutcher ... supervising art director
Nick Dent

Set Decoration by

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Annie Gilhooly

Costume Design by

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Deborah Nadoolman

Makeup Department

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Ricci-Lee Berry ... makeup daily
Christine Blundell ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Helen Conroy ... junior makeup artist: dailies
David Dorling ... crowd hairdresser
Lucy Friend ... junior make up artist: dailies
Barrie Gower ... prosthetics supervisor
Soleil Jackson ... makeup trainee
Monica MacDonald ... make up artist: daily
Waldo Mason ... prosthetics supervisor
Chloe Meddings ... makeup artist
Andrew Simonin ... crowd hairdresser
Stephanie Lynne Smith ... daily makeup artist
Sylvia Atkins ... junior make up artist: dailies (uncredited)
Ailsa Lawson ... makeup work experience (uncredited)

Production Management

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Linda Deacy ... post-production supervisor
Bobby Prince ... unit manager
Tim Wellspring ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tom Browne ... additional third assistant director
Stephen Carney ... additional third assistant director
Chris Foggin ... crowd assistant director
Jamie Gavin ... assistant director runner
Mark Hopkins ... second assistant director
Liam Lock ... third assistant director
Andy Madden ... third assistant director
George Nelson ... additional third assistant director
Alex Oakley ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Marshall Aver ... production buyer
Jo Berglund ... assistant buyer
Steve Bohan ... construction manager
Satarupa Bradley ... scenic artist
Mark Buck ... plasterer
Ian Cooper ... chargehand dressing props
Gary Crosby ... head painter
Matt Curtis ... title design
Kevin Day ... stand by props
Jake Drummond ... carpenter
Paul Duff ... chargehand carpenter
Colin H. Fraser ... construction manager: Scotland
Gavin Gordon ... carpenter
Peter Hallam ... property master
Felicity Hickson ... graphic artist
Douglas Ingram ... storyboard artist
Gary Jopling ... assistant art director
Martin Lane ... standby painter
Fred MacMillan ... props (as Andrew 'Fred' MacMillan)
Gary Martin ... props daily
Jamie McCallum ... carpenter
Richard A. McCarthy ... supervising plasterer
Lisa McDiarmid ... stand-by art director
Garry Moore ... standby carpenter
Russell Oxley ... scenic artist
Michael Parkin ... props
Marco Anton Restivo ... assistant art director
David Richmond ... carpenter
Nic Stubbings ... stand-by props
Kristin Theyers ... props
Bill Thomas ... props
Dean Coldham ... plasterer (uncredited)
Rohan Harris ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Harry Barnes ... supervising sound editor
Gareth Bull ... re-recording mixer
Martin Cantwell ... sound effects editor
Joe Carey ... sound assistant
Duncan Craig ... sound department: work experience
Peter Hanson ... sound editor
Adam Horley ... adr recordist
Craig Irving ... re-recording mixer
Andrea King ... foley artist
Nick Kray ... adr mixer
Adam Mendez ... foley mixer / re-recording mixer
John Midgley ... production sound mixer
Mike Reardon ... boom operator
Colin Ritchie ... dialogue editor
David Sendall ... sound assistant
Jack Stew ... foley artist

Special Effects by

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Neal Champion ... special effects supervisor
Bernard Newton ... special effects
Scott Peters ... special effects technician
Nick P. Phillips ... special effects senior technician

Visual Effects by

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Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor ... Visual Effects Producer: BlueBolt
Angela Barson ... visual effects supervisor
Max Dennison ... matte painting supervisor: Matte Painting UK Ltd
Will Hudson ... digital restoration
Emma Hulme ... digital restoration
Markus Kuha ... lead compositor: BlueBolt
Matthew W.B. Plummer ... digital compositor: BlueBolt
Simon Wilkinson ... visual effects

Stunts

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Michael Byrch ... stunt performer
Gary Connery ... stunt coordinator
Danielle da Costa ... stunt performer (as Danielle De Costa)
Gary Hoptrough ... stunt performer
Rob Jarman ... stunt performer
Curtis Rivers ... stunt performer
Andy Wareham ... stunt performer
Curtis Rivers ... stunt double: Christopher Lee (uncredited)
Andy Wareham ... stunt double: Andy Serkis (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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David Appleby ... key grip
Graham Baker ... h.o.d. rigger
John Conroy ... vfx cinematographer
Jim Crowther ... b camera grip
Paul Edwards ... steadicam operator
John Gamble ... first assistant camera
Charlie Gray ... specials photographer
Robert Hamilton ... video technician
Phill Hardy ... second assistant camera
Lewis Hume ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Russell Kennedy ... second assistant camera
Giles Keyte ... additional still photographer
Alan Martin ... gaffer
James Nesbitt ... electrician
Laurie Sparham ... still photographer
Carsten Thoms ... balloon light technician
Garry Thomson ... chargehand electrician
Neil Tomlin ... crane technician: dailies
Dan West ... camera trainee
Andrew Bradley ... camera trainee: dailies (uncredited)
Robbie Bryant ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Brendan Donnison ... voice casting
Gemma Sykes ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Anthony Brookman ... wardrobe master
Gordon Harmer ... costume supervisor
Helen Ingham ... key costumer
Eleanor Landgrebe ... costume assistant
Ashwin Makan ... costume assistant
Finlay McLay ... costume assistant
Heidi McQueen-Prentice ... costume assistant
Calandra Meredith ... costume assistant
Sally Turner ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Richard George ... assistant location manager
David Hancock ... location manager: scotland
Camilla Stephenson ... location manager

Music Department

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Mark Bousie ... accordion
Alastair Caplin ... solo violin
Andrew Fisher ... orchestrator
Ben Foster ... composer: additional music
Dave Foster ... music preparation
Isobel Griffiths ... orchestra contractor
Jeremy Holland-Smith ... musician: piano
Tony Lewis ... music editor
Roger Linley ... musician: double bass
Catherine Manners ... music score coordinator

Transportation Department

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Paul Allen ... unit driver
Russell D. Equi ... unit driver
Rob Hempenstall ... transportation captain
Ed McLean ... unit driver
Tony Power ... prop truck driver
Ken Price ... driver: main unit camera truck
Barrie Williams ... driver: Simon Pegg

Other crew

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Johnathan Abbott ... assistant studio manager: Ealing Studios / studio coordinator: Ealing Studios
Sarah Alexander ... assistant producer
Jon Baker ... armourer supervisor
Anna Brazinova ... head of administration: Prescience
Cathy Britton ... key floor runner (as Cathy Lorimer)
Clare Brody ... data operator: Technicolor
Isabel Chick ... production accountant: Prescience
Hannah Collett ... production coordinator
Jake Cox ... carriage driver
Tom Cox ... carriage driver
Joe Downs ... assistant accountant
Jon Duncan ... production accountant
Simon George ... head of finance: Ealing Studios
Paula Hind ... production secretary
Tabitha Jenkins ... head of production
Julia Jones ... unit publicist
Jules T-Smith ... creative executive (as Jules Smith)
Rachel King ... unit nurse
Tamara King ... floor runner
Clem Leneghan ... Safety Advisor
Nichola Martin ... associate producer
Jill McCullough ... dialect coach
Josey McNamara ... floor runner
Simon Mills ... assistant production coordinator
Daniel Naprous ... horse master
Jon Parker ... systems development manager
Ross Peacock ... production assistant
Ian Pearce ... security
Mike Pike ... carriage driver
Ari Daniel Pinchot ... development
Gill Raddings ... animal wrangler (as Gill Riddings)
Emilia Reid ... production staff
Jemma Sands ... Head of Marketing: Prescience
Stuart Avi Savitsky ... development
Rebecca Wolf ... first assistant accountant
Huma Khan ... legal post production (uncredited)
Evan Leighton-Davis ... development coordinator: Ealing Studios (uncredited)
Kim MacAskill ... uncredited
Mark Thomas ... development producer (uncredited)

Thanks

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Louis Frost ... the producers wish to thank

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines No Job Too Small. No Body Too Big. No Questions Asked. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Burke & Hare (United Kingdom)
  • Cadavres à la pelle (France)
  • Burke & Hare - Wir finden immer eine Leiche (Germany)
  • Burke & Hare (Spain)
  • Κυνηγοί πτωμάτων (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 91 min
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Box Office

Budget GBP7,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP942,894, 31 Oct 2010
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $4,349,187, 15 Sep 2011

Did You Know?

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Trivia Among many cultural and historical jokes interwoven in the plot, one occurs when Professor Monro (Tim Curry) says to Dr. Lister (George Potts), "your breath is appalling." Although the timeline is somewhat off, with Lister being of a later generation than that portrayed during the events of the film, he was nonetheless the pioneer of using carbolic acid for the sterilization of surgical instruments and cleaning of wounds during the 1860s. This effectively revolutionized surgery and saved the lives of countless patients who would otherwise have died of infection or had to have limbs amputated due to gangrene. He is also, after whom the famous anti-septic mouthwash product Listerine is named, hence the ironic joke about his breath being appalling. See more »
Goofs Two hangings are shown in the film, in the style of a "long drop" designed to break the neck and cause instant death. This style was first introduced in the 1870's by William Marwood as a more humane approach. Before then, and certainly in 1828-1829 when the film was set, the victim was simply suspended by a rope around the neck, and choked to death by suffocation. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode dated 18 October 2010 (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Scotland the Brave See more »
Crazy Credits This is a true story. Except for the parts that are not. See more »
Quotes William Burke: I had confidence in a fart once, and I shat all over myself.
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