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Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | April 1972 (USA)
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A Victorian scientist tests a serum that transforms him into a sensuous murderess.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker

Writers:

Robert Louis Stevenson (based upon the story by), Brian Clemens (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Bates ... Dr. Henry Jekyll
Martine Beswick ... Sister Hyde
Gerald Sim ... Professor Robertson
Lewis Fiander ... Howard Spencer
Dorothy Alison ... Mrs. Spencer
Neil Wilson ... Older Policeman
Ivor Dean ... William Burke
Paul Whitsun-Jones Paul Whitsun-Jones ... Sergeant Danvers
Philip Madoc ... Byker
Tony Calvin Tony Calvin ... William Hare
Susan Brodrick Susan Brodrick ... Susan Spencer
Dan Meaden Dan Meaden ... Town Crier
Virginia Wetherell Virginia Wetherell ... Betsy
Geoffrey Kenion Geoffrey Kenion ... First Policeman
Irene Bradshaw ... Yvonne
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Storyline

In Victorian London, Dr. Henry Jekyll attempts to create an elixir of life using female hormones stolen from fresh corpses. He reasons that these hormones will wipe out all common diseases and extend his life since women live much longer than men. However, once Dr. Jekyll drinks the serum himself, he transforms into a gorgeous but evil woman. He soon needs female hormones for his serum to maintain, so a number of London women meet bloody deaths. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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The sexual transformation of a man into a woman will actually take place before your very eyes! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

Actress Caroline Munro turned down the lead female roles in this and other Hammer films Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974), and the unmade Vampirella because she refused to perform nude. See more »

Goofs

The first transformation scene uses the very clever (1971 technology) of having Jekyll "reflected" in a fake mirror which is actually a window to a matching set containing Sister Hyde. Unfortunately, the two actors rise out of their chairs at slightly different speeds. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jekyll: I walked the streets, brooding on the bitter irony that all I wanted to do for humanity, for life, would be cheated by death... unless I could cheat death.
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Connections

Version of Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again (1982) See more »

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He'll Be There
Music & Lyrics by Brian Clemens
Performed by Julia Wright (dubbed by Jackie Lee)
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Spooky and funny at the same time. This is GREAT Hammer entertainment!!
24 February 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

The story is well known, but the Hammer computation of it is pure fun like you've rarely seen it before! The re-writing of the ancient fable by Robert L. Stevenson is dared and perhaps a bit silly, but it never loses the power of the classic version. You simply can't but love this film as it combines good laughs, a few shocks and terrific acting performances. Roy Ward Baker also did a sublime job as the director. Since the year of release is 1971, this one certainly belongs to the better ones of the late Hammer efforts, if not one of the best in the entire history of the British production company. The largest praising goes out to the cast. I've seen Ralph Bates before, as the vicious Baron in The Horror of Frankenstein, but I didn't like him that much at that time…neither did I like that whole film, by the way. But he certainly does a great job here, as the dedicated scientist – Dr. Jeckyll – who is about to discover the secret to everlasting life! The intense work and dedication he puts into his research is spooky and funny at the same time. A pure joy to observe and a very bright performance. As an important substance of his experiments, he tests the effect of female hormones on himself, which makes him turn into his alter ego, Sister Hyde. He then becomes a stunning beauty, walking and talking through the body of the absolutely gorgeous Martine Beswick! This former Bond-girl (From Russia with Love) could be described best as every man's wet dream. As a cover for Dr. Jeckyll, sister Hyde goes out on the streets at night for killing new hormones! The alter ego slowly takes control over Jeckyll's manhood, which leads to a couple of hilarious and well-portrayed situations. As said before, the screenplay of this film is one you've got to love! Enormous fun! The Jack-the-Ripper settings and atmosphere are terrific and there even is some good bloodshed to enjoy for the real horror freaks! Highest possible recommendation for this one!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$202,800
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Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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