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The Island of Dr. Moreau

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)

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Release Date: Jul 13, 1977 Wide

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In The Island of Dr. Moreau, which is based on a novella by H.G. Wells, Braddock (Michael York) is a decent young Englishman who has unaccountably been saved from being thrown overboard from a ship sailing in a remote area of the Pacific by the mysterious Dr. Montgomery (Nigel Davenport). Dr. Montgomery is accompanying a cargo of animals destined for a tropical island. At first an "honored guest" (prisoner) on that island, he is finds his contacts with the natives increasingly disturbing, for

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (8)

A quietly durable interpretation of Wells' classic, and a big step up from the Brando version.

January 13, 2005
Flipside Movie Emporium

goofy but entertaining

September 19, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Mais uma tentativa fracassada de se adaptar o livro homônimo de H.G. Wells, esta versão traz Burt Lancaster no piloto automático e Michael York pouco convincente como o incrédulo herói.

August 6, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Laughable remake of Island of Lost Souls.

December 11, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Sounds like someone's playing God and foolin' with Mother Nature. Anyone who watches horror movies knows where Moreau's ironic fate lies.

October 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for The Island of Dr. Moreau

This movie does have some good creepiness, but overall, the story and acting aren't very good, and the movie is pretty bad. I recommend seeing the 30s version instead.
January 4, 2011
ajv2688

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Enjoyable but dated with that distinctive 70's aura. Michael York seems perfectly cast as a shipwreck survivor who stumbles upon Dr. Moreau (Burt Lancaster) and his little island of horrors.
October 10, 2010
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Randy Tippy

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Being of my generation, I first saw Michael York as Austin Powers' boss. Seems in the 70s he was quite the adventure/scifi hunk, as Logan's Run is still fresh in my mind. Here in this movie, he is touch and go with his acting, and the critical transformation scene(s) were noticeably underwhelming and amateurish.

I can't compare this to the book or the 1996 film as I haven't read/seen them in a while, and I can't contrast it to Island of Lost Souls as I haven't seen that version yet. I love the Dr. Moreau story, and it would seem a simple translation to film in terms of choosing story elements, but the plotting of this feels very forced and as unnatural as the doctor's animal-people. The story is one that addresses many philosophical issues in an astute manner, but this movie's dialogue and plot elements do not reflect these issues, as the movie is devoid of subtext.

The most wasted role is that of Maria, as her character's interesting development (which is a plot whopper in the book) is completely left out.
The makeup is amazing with the exception of the halfish job done on York. I think the creatures' eyes could have been somehow modified to be better, as I've found some of the most terrifying images in my subconscious are that of frenzied animalistic eyes with a distinctly human awareness in it, and it's the only reason I've been scared by the occasional werewolf or vampire costume design. There is pretty minimal blood in this, but a lot of questionable animal handling practices and loud growls.

Many peg this movie as horror, but it is distinctly adventure scifi, and if it scares, that is because the underlying premise of the Dr. Moreau story is a looking glass.
It is a fun adventure scifi, and if you like the story, you must see this. If you are new to the Moreau story, I'd suggest starting with the book.
September 20, 2008
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