Doctor and the Devils

The Doctor and the Devils

Director: Freddie Francis, Timothy Dalton, Jonathan Pryce, Twiggy

Cast: Freddie Francis, Timothy Dalton, Jonathan Pryce, Twiggy

     
 

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A movie version of the stage play The Doctor and the Devils, written in the 1950s by Welsh poet/playwright Dylan Thomas, had been planned and shelved by several filmmakers before producer Mel Brooks and director Freddie Francis finally brought the project to fruition in 1985. Essentially, the story is the old one about grave robbers Burke and Hare and Scottish

Overview

A movie version of the stage play The Doctor and the Devils, written in the 1950s by Welsh poet/playwright Dylan Thomas, had been planned and shelved by several filmmakers before producer Mel Brooks and director Freddie Francis finally brought the project to fruition in 1985. Essentially, the story is the old one about grave robbers Burke and Hare and Scottish surgeon Dr. Robert Knox (which also yielded the 1945 Val Lewton classic The Body Snatcher). Timothy Dalton plays 18th century doctor Thomas Rock, who must rely upon the disreputable Robert Fallon (Jonathan Pryce) and Timothy Broom (Stephen Rea) to provide fresh cadavers for Dr. Rock's teaching hospital. When they can't dig up corpses fast enough to suit Dr. Rock, Fallon and Broom decide to streamline their methods via murder.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2005
UPC:
0024543202998
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Timothy Dalton Dr. Thomas Rock
Jonathan Pryce Robert Fallon
Twiggy Jenny Bailey
Julian Sands Dr. Murray
Sian Phillips Annabella Rock
Stephen Rea Timothy Broom
Phyllis Logan Elizabeth Rock
Lewis Fiander Dr. Thornton
Simon Adams Green
Ray Armstrong Prison Guard
David Bamber Cronin
Sam Bartlett Prison Guard
Moira Brooker Molly the Maid
Peter Burton Customer
Maggie Cartier Actor
Dierdre Costello Nelly
Dermot Crowley Mr. Webb
Paul Curran Tom the Porter
Shaun Curry Policeman
Philip Davis Billy Bedlam
Kevin Duffield Daniel
Ray Dunbobbin Tinker
Roy Evans Sewerman
David Grahame Old Man
Bruce Green Mole
Rachel Herbert Mrs. Stevens
Martin Herring Messenger
John Horsley Dr. Mackendrick
Barrie Houghton Official
Philip Jackson Andrew Merry-Lees
Jennifer Jayne Barmaid
Merelina Kendall Mrs. Webb
Roland MacLeod Official
Leonard Maguire Nightwatchman
Jack May Dr. Stevens
Nichola McAuliffe Alice
T.P. McKenna O'Connor
Sarah Melia Nora Webb
Terry Neason Kate
Toni Palmer Rosie
David Parfitt Billings
Jeff Rawle Lambert
Beryl Reid Mrs. Flynn
Danny Schiller Praying Howard
Simon Shepherd Harding
Morgan Sheppard Landlord
P.G. Stevens Priest
Patrick Stewart Prof. Macklin
Hedger Wallace Doctor
Stephen Yardley Joseph

Technical Credits
Freddie Francis Director
Brian Ackland-Snow Art Director
Mel Brooks Executive Producer
Maggie Cartier Casting
Naomi Donne Makeup
Ronald Harwood Screenwriter
Geoffrey Helman Associate Producer
Bob Laing Production Designer
Robert Laing Production Designer
Jo Lustig Associate Producer
Laurence Méry-Clark Editor
John Morris Score Composer
Peter James Set Decoration/Design
Imogen Richardson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jonathan Sanger Producer
Gerry Turpin Cinematographer
Norman Warwick Cinematographer
Ken Weston Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Doctor and the Devils
1. Main Titles/Paradoxes [2:39]
2. To the Dead [1:15]
3. Robbing the Robbers [4:13]
4. Too Old [2:41]
5. Healing Hands [2:14]
6. Vile Drawings [1:08]
7. A Gentleman [5:37]
8. New-Mown Hay [3:13]
9. Mole [:07]
10. Discharged [2:09]
11. "Whisper & I Shall Hear" [5:20]
12. Summoned [2:49]
13. Always Fresh [:32]
14. Hustled [2:08]
15. Unnatural Deaths [1:08]
16. Having a Party [2:43]
17. Cause for Pride [3:39]
18. Bare-Handed [3:10]
19. The Telltale Finger [4:39]
20. Street Gossip [4:26]
21. Mad Bastard [1:13]
22. The Cockpit [1:03]
23. Turning King's Evidence [6:32]
24. Into History/End Titles [2:23]
Disc #1, Side B -- The Doctor and the Devils
1. Main Titles/Paradoxes [2:39]
2. To the Dead [1:15]
3. Robbing the Robbers [4:13]
4. Too Old [2:41]
5. Healing Hands [2:14]
6. Vile Drawings [1:08]
7. A Gentleman [5:37]
8. New-Mown Hay [3:13]
9. Mole [:07]
10. Discharged [2:09]
11. "Whisper & I Shall Hear" [5:20]
12. Summoned [2:49]
13. Always Fresh [:32]
14. Hustled [2:08]
15. Unnatural Deaths [1:08]
16. Having a Party [2:43]
17. Cause for Pride [3:39]
18. Bare-Handed [3:10]
19. The Telltale Finger [4:39]
20. Street Gossip [4:26]
21. Mad Bastard [1:13]
22. The Cockpit [1:03]
23. Turning King's Evidence [6:32]
24. Into History/End Titles [2:23]

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