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Dead Ringers

R| 1 hr. 55 min.

Plot Summary
Elliot (Jeremy Irons), a successful gynecologist, works at the same practice as his identical twin, Beverly (also Irons). Elliot is attracted to many of his patients and has affairs with them. When he inevitably loses interest, he will give the woman over to Beverly, the meeker of the two, without the woman knowing the difference. Beverly falls hard for one of the patients, Claire (Geneviève Bujold), but when she inadvertently deceives him, he slips into a state of madness.

Cast: Jeremy Irons , Geneviève Bujold , Heidi von Palleske , Barbara Gordon , Shirley Douglas , Stephen Lack , Nick Nichols , Lynne Cormack

Director: David Cronenberg

Genres: Horror

Distributor: Media Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Image Entertainment Inc., Criterion Collection

Dead Ringers (1988)

Release Date: May 8th, 1991|1 hr. 55 min.

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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • A little abhorrent yet strangely appealing. I found it arty and pretentious, but still couldn't turn my eyes away from its almost hypnotic coolness and fascinating psychological horrors. [23 Sept 1988] show more

  • An instant classic, an Oscar-worthy showcase for Jeremy Irons, and a tightrope ballet over dicey screen material… A subtle movie - and thus a disturbing one. Like “Vertigo,” “The Night of the Hunter,” “Repulsion” and a few others, it finds beauty in morbidity - then nags you to come back for a second dose. [23 Sept 1988] show more

  • David Cronenberg's gelid masterpiece. show more

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  • August 25, 2011 hello beautiful
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    by far THE WORST movie I ever saw. doesn\'t even deserve one star.

  • June 25, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Well done production with excellent acting. Twins are often very close in identifying with one another. They have psychic level communications with one another greater than do non-twins. They may be reared separately with no contact, but as adults share many tastes, preferences, ideas, and personality traits This movie explores the sometimes inextricably mutual identification of twins to produce a unified, shared personality. When one of the pair becomes drug addicted and therein sinks into a disintegration of his personality, the other follows suit in mutual madness.

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