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Dead Ringers
     

Dead Ringers

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Director: David Cronenberg, Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske

Cast: David Cronenberg, Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske

 

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Two twin brothers, both renowned gynecologists, descend into madness after becoming romantically involved with the same woman in this disturbing, horrific drama. Jeremy Irons delivers a bravura performance as both Beverly and Elliot Mantle, Toronto-based surgeons who operate an exclusive gynecological clinic and share a reputation as brilliant innovators. They also

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Two twin brothers, both renowned gynecologists, descend into madness after becoming romantically involved with the same woman in this disturbing, horrific drama. Jeremy Irons delivers a bravura performance as both Beverly and Elliot Mantle, Toronto-based surgeons who operate an exclusive gynecological clinic and share a reputation as brilliant innovators. They also share lovers, as the more aggressive, confident Elliott seduces women and later secretly allows the shier, more intellectual Beverly to reap the benefits. This arrangement is disturbed when Beverly falls in love with their newest conquest, Claire Niveau (Genevieve Bujold), a famous actress with an unusual gynecological deformity. Beverly's relationship with the hard-living Claire leads to him to turn away from Elliot and begin a dangerous involvement with drugs and alcohol. Elliot senses his brother's rapid decline into addiction and paranoia and attempts to save him, only to start falling victim to the same urges. Director David Cronenberg adapted the loosely fact-based tale to his own creepy purposes, tapping into primal fears regarding the uncanniness of twins and male sexual panic. His notorious gore was used sparingly here, however, with the film's most disturbing moments coming through suggestion, as in the display of a group of terrifying surgical instruments created by Beverly in his madness. Cronenberg's expertise with special effects proves crucial, however, as he and his regular cinematographer Peter Suschitzsky seamlessly combine Irons' two performances in a manner unrivalled by any previous depiction of twins. This visual achievement is more than matched by Irons, who delivers what may be his career performance, delineating the twins' differences and similarities and embodying their collapse in frighteningly believable fashion. The subject matter and chilly tone may be too intense for some viewers, but the brilliant central performance and intellectually provocative approach will prove thoroughly absorbing for others.

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David Cronenberg focussed his obsession with the grotesque inward with Dead Ringers. Unlike his previous efforts, the director is more interested in the emotional defects of his characters as opposed to their physical manifestations of deviance. The clinical, disquieting tone is somewhat surprising from a director who is considered something of an auteur of vulgarity, not only because of the bizarre qualities of his films, but also because of his tendency to push the boundaries of special effects. Too often, his early work annoys because the effects are deliberately cultish and preposterous (a quality he tempered for his mainstream remake of The Fly). In Dead Ringers, however, he uses an altogether more subtle effect, making twins out of lead Jeremy Irons though computer-aided split screen; the technique has since become much more widespread. Irons' distinguished performance (or rather, performances) makes sure that the technique isn't just a gimmick. Irons won several critics' prizes for his work in the film; many feel the actor should have been nominated for an Oscar as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2016
UPC:
0826663171556
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
3,073

Special Features

Disc One: ; NEW audio commentary with William Beard, author of The Artist as Monster: the Cinema of David Cronenberg; Audio commentary with actor Jeremy Irons; ; Disc Two: ; NEW interviews with actors Stephen Lack and Heidi Von Palleske, director of photography Peter Suschitzky and special effects artist Gordon Smith; Vintage interviews; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeremy Irons Beverly Mantle,Elliot Mantle
Geneviève Bujold Claire Niveau
Heidi von Palleske Cary
Barbara Gordon Danuta
Shirley Douglas Laura
Stephen Lack Andrers Wolleck
Murray Chuchley Assisting Surgeon
Denise McLeod Art Gallery Lady
Rina Polley Soap Opera Character
Nicholas Rice M.C.
Nick Nichols Leo
Lynne Cormack Arlene
Damir Andrei Birchall
Miriam Newhouse Mrs. Bookman
David Hughes Superintendent
Richard W. Farrell Dean of Medicine
Warren Davis Anatomy Class Supervisor
Jonathan Haley Beverly, Age 9
Nicholas Haley Elliot, Age 9
Marsha Moreau Raffaella
Denis Akiyama Pharmacist
Dee McCafferty Surgeon
Susan Markle Operating Room Nurse
Jane Luk Lecture Hall Nurse
Tita Trevisan Furniture Salesman
Jacqueline Hennessy Escort Twin Coral
Jill Hennessy Escort Twin Mimsy
David Walden Director
Liliane Stillwell Wardrobe Person
Bob Bainborough Mr. Glaser
Nick Rice MC
Joe Matheson Sean
Hadley Kay Delivery Boy
Cynthia Eastman Sobbing Woman
Nora Colpman Mrs. Randall
Madeleine Atkinson Soap Opera Character
John Bayliss Performance Double
Graham Evans Picture Double

Technical Credits
David Cronenberg Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Carol Baum Executive Producer
John Board Associate Producer
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Marc Boyman Co-producer
Terry Burke Sound Editor
Richard Cadger Sound Editor
Denise Cronenberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Bryan Day Sound/Sound Designer
David Evans Sound Editor
Elinor Rose Galbraith Set Decoration/Design
David Giammarco Sound Editor
Wayne Griffin Sound Editor
Shonagh Jabour Makeup
James McAteer Art Director
Andy Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Parris Songwriter
Joe Roth Producer
Ronald Sanders Editor
Howard Shore Score Composer
Gordon J. Smith Special Effects
Norman Snider Screenwriter
Carol Spier Production Designer
Peter Suschitzky Cinematographer
Sylvio Tabet Executive Producer
Steve Weslak Editor
Don White Sound/Sound Designer

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Dead Ringers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a connoisseur of films that mess with your mind. This one definitely tops the list. After viewing this film, I woke up in the middle of the night and could not go back to sleep. Jeremy Irons plays the dual role of identical twins as they slide into drug-induced insanity. The protrayal of his characters is both convincing and disturbing.