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Jekyll & Hyde (1990)

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director:

David Wickes

Writers:

Robert Louis Stevenson (derived from the story by), David Wickes
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde
Cheryl Ladd ... Sara Crawford
Joss Ackland ... Dr. Charles Lanyon
Ronald Pickup ... Jeffrey Utterson, Esquire
Diane Keen ... Annabel
Kim Thomson ... Lucy Harris
Kevin McNally ... Sergeant Hornby
David Schofield ... Snape
Lee Montague ... Inspector Palmer
Miriam Karlin ... Mrs. Hackett
Lance Percival Lance Percival ... Beresford Mount, Prince's Private Secretary
Joan Heal Joan Heal ... Mrs. Clark
Frank Barrie Frank Barrie ... Poole the Butler
Lionel Jeffries ... Jekyll's Father
Martin Jacobs Martin Jacobs ... Young Man (as Martyn Jacobs)
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Storyline

Henry Jekyll is a troubled man. His wife died of pneumonia. He wants his sister-in-law, but her father forbids any contact, and his experiments into the dual nature of man have yielded a personality-splitting drug that he has tested on himself, changing him into an uninhibited brute who seeks violent and undignified pleasures. Jekyll quickly becomes addicted to the sordid freedom induced by the drug. He can commit the most enjoyably revolting deeds, then return to his laboratory and use an antidote to change back to his original form, so that his lofty persona remains untarnished. But Jekyll's forbidden affair with his sister-in-law becomes a scandal, and with the growing rage within him, his other self no longer needs the drug for release. As Jekyll loses control of his transformations and his antidote becomes less effective, the Police begin to suspect his part in his alter-ego's increasing violence. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some terror/violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to the date visible on the newspaper, the principle action of this movie, following Hyde's assault on the little girl, takes place in August 1884. See more »

Goofs

When Dr Jekyll sits in a chair and takes pictures of himself turning into Hyde he takes his ring off his pinky before drinking the potion.. However when he's turning into Hyde the rings back on his finger. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Hyde: I am saving my neck. From the gallows.
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Connections

Version of The Duality of Man (1910) See more »

Soundtracks

Mazurka No.5
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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"Yes sir, we will proceed... it's just that none of the teams sent to discover redeeming qualities have been successful."
20 March 2008 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

Now, it's not really that this has absolutely nothing to offer... it's really more that it takes an idea with such massive promise, and not only fails to deliver, but actually ruins parts, adds and changes without doing anything, at least positive. I have not read the original by Stevenson, but I am not certain anyone working on this did, either. There's marvelous conflict in the very idea of the character, and this barely manages to realize that at all. The look of Hyde is just bad, and the design of the transformation, the concept used, seems dumb. Much is unintentionally silly(as the other reviewer comments, this would have been good for Mystery Science Theater 3000). I've seen excellent films using non-linear time-lines, but this plays around with time so much, and for so little point(some setting up the final twist, which could have been considerably better, as with the rest of them)... the plot has enough threads, with little to nothing, most notably *not* the main subject of the character(I did notice that the credits said "derived from", not "based on", when listing the book), actually resolved or properly addressed. It also has too many things going, at the same time. The dialog has select moments that are noteworthy, with the rest, the very most part, being utterly preposterous. The acting is seldom commendable, save for Caine, and even he has weak instances. Effects tend to be poor. Ladd's character and what she brings to the story is worse than useless, it hurts the movie. Music is unimpressive, and portions are far too loud. Attempts at comedy are ironically the least funny bits in the film. A lot of things happen without this ever engaging or interesting the(or at least this) viewer. Editing and cinematography cut corners and has so little to offer, you have to wonder why they bothered to make any effort at all. This may also feature the least helpful/discreet(in unexpected situations, at least) servants I've ever seen, even if they do(at times) seem to have good intentions. I recommend this to... well, those people who just *must* watch every adaptation and/or Michael Caine feature out there. The rest of us, please remember that just because it's TV, it doesn't have to mean it's bad; this is outdone even by productions in the same(financial and whatnot) class. 5/10


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