Dead Ringers (1988) Movie Review

Dead Ringers (1988)

1988 | Horror, Thriller, Drama
116 minutes /

User Score: 71/100

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Dead Ringers Review


Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.

Dead Ringers (1988) is an American-Canadian psychological thriller drama horror movie that I love. Director and co-writer David Cronenberg (eXistenZ (1999), The Fly (1986), Eastern Promises (2007)) did an exquisite job executing this phenomenal movie. It is on my list to see again. The movie contains nude scenes, sexual content, gore, violence, bad language, suspense, love, thrills, frightening scenes and emotions. The following contains spoilers regarding the first few minutes of the movie.

Identical twins gynecologists Elliot and Beverly Mantle (Jeremy Irons - Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), The Lion King (1994), The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)) owns a successful clinic in Toronto. Elliot has the romance that seduces females that seek treatment at the clinic and is more confident of everything they/he does. They both are pros and specialize in treatments pertaining to female fertility. Jeremy Irons played the role of both Elliot and Beverly. He passes down the females that he is tired of being with to his brother Beverly. Beverly is overly shy and submissive and does not think much of playing the game his brother wants him to play with the females. The females do not know that they are switching guys as the gynecologists are identical. Claire Niveau (Geneviève Bujold) is in need of fertility treatments. She is a troubled actress that will most likely not be able to have children because she has a trifurcated cervix. Elliot kept his game going and passed Claire to Beverly. Beverly soon gets tired of the game after he started having feelings for Claire. Claire soon learns the truth. Claire confronts both for them one day at a bar.

The gynecological procedures will make you shiver as the brothers lose control will make you quiver. It is truly a sad and beautiful movie that will touch many of your emotions. If I am not wrong, I think this is one of the director’s best work. The movie works in many ways, and it is even the second time around. I am starting to believe that great movies were made before the enhancements we have today and the CGI. Most horror oldies are great.

About Dead Ringers (1988)

Title: Dead Ringers
Year: 1988
Runtime: 116 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.55/5 stars from 7 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 7
Starring: David Cronenberg, Jeremy Irons, Damir Andrei, Denis Akiyama, Barbara Gordon, Hadley Kay, David Hughes, Heidi von Palleske, Stephen Lack, Murray Cruchley, Rena Polley, Nicholas Haley, Madeleine Atkinson, Marsha Moreau, Dee McCafferty, Graham Evans, John Bayliss, Susan Markle, Alan Gough, Jane Luk, Jordan-Patrick Marcantonio, Geneviève Bujold, Tita Trevisan, Julian-Peter Marcantonio, Jacqueline Hennessy, Greg Van Riel, Jill Hennessy, Nicholas Rice, David Walden, Liliane Stillwell
Writers: David Cronenberg, Norman Snider, Bari Wood, Jack Geasland
Director: David Cronenberg

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