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Stephen Frears reunites with the production talents who made the tempting Dangerous Liaisons for this new look at the infamous Dr. Jekyll (a deft John Malkovich). Instead of being in the laboratory where the good doctor unlocks his evil twin, we stay in the mansion overlooking the lab. An inquisitive, proper maid, Mary Reilly (Julia Roberts) slowly becomes Dr. Jekyll's confidant. Rather than a horror story, the film is a spooky mystery that keeps us in the dark, and what a wonderful dark Frears and his designers have fashioned. Roberts carries the movie, digging deep for her best dramatic work to date. Though some may wish she'd show more passion, she holds her emotions appropriately in check. The movie faced considerable, well-documented troubles, including the reshooting of several scenes months after the initial production. This probably affected the finale, which has little impact and nearly ruins a good thing. --Doug Thomas

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Julia RobertsMary Reilly
John MalkovichDr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Edward Hyde
Michael GambonMary's Father
Glenn CloseMrs. Farraday
Michael SheenBradshaw
Bronagh GallagherAnnie
Linda BassettMary's Mother
Henry GoodmanHaffinger
Ciaran HindsSir Danvers Carew

  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Director: Stephen Frears
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 108 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 23, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 12, 2000
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