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The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)




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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 they are not like any men he has ever seen. Eventually it transpires that these "men" are experimental reconstructions from wild animals made by a particularly sinister scientist, Dr. Moreau (Burt Lancaster). He feels that he is in danger from the animal/men and from Dr. Moreau himself and does not know where to turn. This story was also filmed in 1933 as The Island of Lost Souls, starring Charles Laughton as the monomaniacal Dr. Moreau and was remade yet again in 1996 with Marlon Brando in the title role.

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Burt Lancaster
as Dr. Moreau
Michael York
as Braddock
Nigel Davenport
as Montgomery
Richard Basehart
as Sayer Of The Law
Bob Ozman
as Bullman
Fumio Demura
as Hyenaman
Gary Baxley
as Lionman
Dave Cass
as Bearman
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Critic Reviews for The Island of Dr. Moreau

All Critics (17)

feels more like a made-for-television film than a theatrical feature, despite the lush widescreen cinematography and relatively large-scale action sequences,

October 18, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Less an exercise in stark horror and moody ambience -- the defining traits of the classic 1932 adaptation Island of Lost Souls, starring Charles Laughton as Dr. Moreau -- and more a straightforward adventure yarn with a sci-fi bent.

July 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

January 13, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

goofy but entertaining

September 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

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 | Rating: 1/5

Laughable remake of Island of Lost Souls.

December 11, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

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.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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I struggled with this and varous other remakes. I was never sure of the overall message it was trying to put out. I might have missed it but there you go.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

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