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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 ... 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, this movie follows the hapless exploits of William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis) as they fall into the highly profitable business of providing cadavers for the medical fraternity in nineteenth century Edinburgh, Scotland, then the center of medical learning. The one thing they were short of was bodies.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No Job Too Small. No Body Too Big. No Questions Asked. See more »


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:

GBP7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$947, 11 September 2011

Gross USA:

$4,833

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,791,599
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The closing shot and sequence is a forward steadicam shot of the real-life Edinburgh University Medical Museum culminating in a close shot of the real skeleton of William Burke. See more »

Goofs

During Mad Maggie's hanging, the noose around her neck switches between tightness and looseness in each shot. 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

Referenced in Post Mortem with Mick Garris: John Landis (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Auprès de Ma Blonde
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Performed by Allan Corduner
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Very enjoyable (forget werewolf)
18 February 2011 | by BurntEloiSee all my reviews

Expectations from other reviewers must have been too high. This movie is thoroughly enjoyable, despite the subject matter, which I suppose is the whole point. I found it to be comically dark as expected. Although in a lighter tone than "I sell the dead" which is another good film in the same vein. The casting was well composed and at times gave me the feel of a Terry Pratchett production. The sets and cinematography were spot on and very believable. I simply wouldn't try to compare this film to any of John Landis' previous works ,it stand on its own and demonstrates the dynamic abilities of both cast and crew. All in all worth a go if you are in the mood for a few good laughs.


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