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Encyclopedia > The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996 film)
Island of Dr Moreau (1996)

Island of Dr Moreau Poster
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Produced by Claire Rudnick Polstein
Edward R. Pressman
Tim Zinnemann
Written by H.G. Wells (novel)
Richard Stanley, Ron Hutchinson (screenplay)
Starring Marlon Brando
Val Kilmer
David Thewlis
Fairuza Balk
Ron Perlman
Music by Gary Chang
Cinematography William A. Fraker
Release date(s) August 23, 1996 (US)
November 15, 1996 (UK)
Running time 100 minutes
Language English
Budget $40 million (estimated)
IMDb profile

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) is the third major movie version of the H.G. Wells novel about a scientist who attempts to convert animals into people, starring Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk, David Thewlis, and Ron Perlman, and directed by John Frankenheimer. Image File history File links Islandofdrmoreauthe2. ... John Michael Frankenheimer (February 19, 1930 – July 6, 2002) was an American film director. ... Edward R. Pressman (born 1943) is a film producer. ... H. G. Wells at the door of his house at Sandgate Herbert George Wells (September 21, 1866 - August 13, 1946) was an English writer best known for his science fiction novels such as The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. ... Richard Stanley (born 22 November 1966) is a film director and screenwriter born in South Africa. ... Ron Hutchinson is a screenwriter, known for writing John Frankenheimers Against the Wall, Robert M. Youngs Slave of Dreams, John Frankenheimers The Island of Dr. Moreau and the 2004 miniseries Traffic. ... Marlon Brando, Jr. ... Val Edward Kilmer[1] (born December 31, 1959) is an American actor. ... David Thewlis in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. ... Fairuza Alejandra Balk (born May 21, 1974 in Point Reyes, California) is an American film actress. ... Ron Perlman (born Ronald Francis Perlman in April 13, 1950, in Washington Heights, New York) is an American television and film actor. ... William A. Fraker (born on September 29, 1923 in Los Angeles, California), is a cinematographer, film director, and producer. ... August 23 is the 235th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (236th in leap years), with 130 days remaining. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1996. ... November 15 is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 46 days remaining. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1996. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells, addressing ideas of society and community, human nature and identity, religion, Darwinism, eugenics, and the dangers of unchecked and irresponsible scientific research. ... H. G. Wells at the door of his house at Sandgate Herbert George Wells (September 21, 1866 - August 13, 1946) was an English writer best known for his science fiction novels such as The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. ... Marlon Brando, Jr. ... Val Edward Kilmer[1] (born December 31, 1959) is an American actor. ... Fairuza Alejandra Balk (born May 21, 1974 in Point Reyes, California) is an American film actress. ... David Thewlis in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. ... Ron Perlman (born Ronald Francis Perlman in April 13, 1950, in Washington Heights, New York) is an American television and film actor. ... John Michael Frankenheimer (February 19, 1930 – July 6, 2002) was an American film director. ...

Contents

Synopsis

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

This third remake of the popular H.G. Wells book stars Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, and David Thewlis. Set in the year 2010, Dr. Moreau (Brando) has successfully conquered the impossible: to use human DNA in animals to make them more human like and regress their animal instincts and make the divine human, free of malice and hatred. After many attempts, only one experiment was successful and now the unsuccessful ones are given drugs everyday to keep them from regressing into their animal forms. They are also controlled through shock therapy to keep them in order.


However, one of the creatures has found a way to stop himself receiving shock treatment and when he informs others of this, the animal hybrids break loose on the island...


One of Dr. Moreau allies is Montgomery, probably a physician gone mad with the devotion to Moreau and intense drug abuse.


Cast

Actor Role
Marlon Brando Dr Moreau
Val Kilmer Montgomery
David Thewlis Edward Douglas
Fairuza Balk Aissa
Temuera Morrison Azazello
Ron Perlman Sayer of the Law

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Director's Cut

Eventually, a director's cut was released on DVD containing 4 minutes of extra footage from the theatrical release. Some highlights:

  • An extended prologue. Douglas and the two men in the life raft fight over the last canteen of water as in the theatrical version, just with a more violent ending. One man pulls out a knife, stabs another in the back. He pulls it out, stabbing his attacker in the stomach. They continue to fight as Douglas threatens one man with a flare gun. He is unsuccessful, but the other two men are knocked overboard while a hungry shark bites into one of the men. The film continues as usual.
  • Brief extension when Montgomery is delivering one of the babies to the mutant creature. The sheet slides down to reveal breasts on the mutant.
  • Lo-Mai's death. Azazello can be seen shooting what looks like a dart gun at Lo-Mai's head to kill him.
  • Dr. Moreau's death. His death lasts a bit longer and more graphic. Hyena eventually rips off his arm at the wrist.
  • Douglas shoots at Hyena. Following the previous extension, before Hyena runs off, he throws Moreau's arm down.
  • Azazello's implant removed. Azazello in the theatrical release says that he knows where there's more of "the fire that kills". This scene explains the blood spot on his left chest in the rest of the film. Hyena and his followers rip out Azazello's implant in his chest.
  • Montgomery's death. There is a more graphic shot indicating what really happened to Montgomery. He is shot in the chest. In the theatrical release, this is where the scene ends. In this extension, Hyena takes Azazello's gun and shoots Montgomery's dead body several more times.
  • Hyena's destruction of Dr. Moreau's office. There is a shot of Hyena shooting aimlessly in a circle at the walls of Moreau's office.
  • Azazello's death. In the theatrical version, one saw Azazello's corpse from behind after being shot. In this extension, it is clearly shown.
  • Hyena tortures Douglas. Although Hyena never physically tortures Douglas, he uses the implant shock treatment to psychologically torture him in the theatrical version. In this extension, several of Hyena's followers shoot innocent mutants on the ground to death, scaring and making him fear Hyena even more.

Quotes/Dialogue

Edward Douglas: Are you a doctor?
Montgomery: Well, I'm more of a vet.


Sayer of the Law: It is a hard way, the way of being a man. Sooner or later we all want a thing that is bad. To walk on all fours. To suck up drink from a stream. To jabber, instead of saying the words. To go snuffling at the earth, and to claw on the bark of trees. To eat flesh, or fish. To make love to more than one, every which way. These are all bad things. These are not the things that men do. But we are men, are we not? We are men because the Father has made us men!


Earlier Versions

The two earlier versions of the story:

Island of Lost Souls was a sci-fi/horror film made by Paramount Pictures in 1932 but released in 1933. ... Charles Laughton (1 July 1899 – 15 December 1962) was an English stage and film actor. ... Bela Lugosi as Dracula United States stamp. ... US movie poster The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) is the second movie version of the H.G. Wells science fiction novel about a scientist who attempts to convert animals into people, starring Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Barbara Carrera, and Richard Basehart. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Michael York (born March 27, 1942, Fulmer, England) is a prolific actor now resident in California. ...

External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about motion pictures, actors, movie stars, TV shows, TV stars, production crew personnel, as well as video games. ...

Trivia

Dr. Moreau wearing his ice helmet
Dr. Moreau wearing his ice helmet
  • The screen-writer and original director Richard Stanley was fired from the film and replaced by veteran director John Frankenheimer. He did, however, return to the set in full costume as one of the many human-animal hybrids, at Marlon Brando's request.
  • In one scene, Dr. Moreau is seen wearing a device of his own construction, an invention designed to keep his head cool. In reality, it was simply an champagne bucket he found lying around the set, which he inverted and then put on his head. Brando was later quoted as saying, "I was just so bored, I didn't know what else to do!" Richard Stanley, screenwriter, said of the incident, "By the time Brando had arrived [...] no one was willing to say no to anything, which is why Brando wears an ice bucket on his head in one scene."[1]
  • Frankenheimer and Kilmer had an argument on-set, and reportedly got so heated, Frankenheimer has since stated he will never work with Kilmer again. Frankehmheimer also reportedly clashed with Brando and the studio, as they were concerned with the direction he was taking the film. Ironically, Frankenheimer was hired was because the studio fired Richard Stanley for that very reason.
  • Kilmer has stated that the time filming on-set was "crazy." He was served with divorce papers from his then-wife, Brando was dealing with the suicide of his daughter, as well as the implications of a French nuclear test near the atoll he owned.

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Notes

  1. ^ "The Island of Dr. Moreau - Behind the scenes"

 
 

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