Dead Ringers (1988)



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Movie Info

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 … 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


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as Claire Niveau

as Anders Wolleck

as Birchall

as Soap Opera Character

as Mrs. Bookman

as Superintendent

as Dean of Medicine

as Anatomy Class Superv...

as Beverly (age 9)

as Elliot (age 9)

as Raffaella

as Pharmacist

as Operating-Room Nurse

as Assisting Surgeon

as Lecture-Hall Nurse

as Furniture Salesman

as Director

as Wardrobe Person

as Art-Gallery Lady

as Mr. Glaser

as Delivery Boy

as Sobbing Woman

as Mrs. Randall

as Soap Opera Character

as Soap Opera Character

as Performance Double

as Picture Double

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

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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