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Dead Ringers (1988)



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Based extremely loosely on a true story, Dead Ringers stars Jeremy Irons and Jeremy Irons. You read right--Irons essays the dual role of identical twin doctors, who frequently sub for each another professionally. The twins also capriciously share one another's lovers, priding themselves on that fact that their subterfurge has never been detected. Enter Genevieve Bujold, playing a popular actress. Courted by both twins, Genevieve selects the shyer of the two. The more aggressive sibling takes offense, setting the stage for the ruination of the brothers' relationship and careers. The split-screen and travelling-matte work in Dead Ringers is well nigh undetectable, but the film's "highlight" is a rather gruesome dream sequence involving severed skin (a favorite device of director David Cronenberg).more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: David Cronenberg, Norman Snider
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 27, 1998
Media Home Entertainment


Jeremy Irons
as Beverly Mantle
Geneviève Bujold
as Claire Niveau
Stephen Lack
as Anders Wolleck
Damir Andrei
as Birchall
Rina Polley
as Soap Opera Character
Miriam Newhouse
as Mrs. Bookman
David Hughes
as Superintendent
Richard W. Farrell
as Dean of Medicine
Warren Davis
as Anatomy Class Superv...
Jonathan Haley
as Beverly (age 9)
Nicholas Haley
as Elliot (age 9)
Marsha Moreau
as Raffaella
Denis Akiyama
as Pharmacist
Susan Markle
as Operating-Room Nurse
Murray Chuchley
as Assisting Surgeon
Jane Luk
as Lecture-Hall Nurse
Tita Trevisan
as Furniture Salesman
David Walden
as Director
Liliane Stillwell
as Wardrobe Person
Denise McLeod
as Art-Gallery Lady
Bob Bainborough
as Mr. Glaser
Hadley Kay
as Delivery Boy
Cynthia Eastman
as Sobbing Woman
Nora Colpman
as Mrs. Randall
Rena Polley
as Soap Opera Character
Madeleine Atkinson
as Soap Opera Character
John Bayliss
as Performance Double
Graham Evans
as Picture Double
David Hilary Hughes
as Superintendent
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Critic Reviews for Dead Ringers

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (7)

Director David Cronenberg handles his usual fondness for gore in muted style.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007
Top Critic

People like myself who find the character played by [Genevieve] Bujold (in one of her best performances) more interesting than either of the twins are bound to feel rather frustrated by the end.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An intense psychological drama which confronts [Cronenberg's] familiar preoccupations -- fear of physical and mental disintegration, mortality, the power struggle between the sexes -- without the paradoxical protection of visceral disgust.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Cronenberg, who has begun to emerge as a master of body-related horrific fantasy, clearly understands that a small amount of medical mischief can be more unnerving than conventional grisliness.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

In a weird variation of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde theme, the Mantles are drawn relentlessly and frighteningly towards an inevitable and appalling fate.

Full Review… | February 18, 2014
Georgia Straight

This is arguably David Cronenberg's masterpiece.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Dead Ringers

Brilliantly offbeat and twisted. Irons' performance is a must-see.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


A woman disturbs the delicate psychic balance between twin gynecologists. Genuinely unnerving psychodrama with a dominating performance by Jeremy Irons.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


As come to be expected, this is another strange tale from David Cronenberg. Featuring brilliant performances from Jeremy Irons and Jeremy Irons).

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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