The Doctor and the Devils (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Doctor and the Devils (2003)




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Movie Info

A movie version of the stage play The Doctor and the Devils, written in the 1950s by Welsh poet/playwright Dylan Thomas, had been planned and shelved by several filmmakers before producer Mel Brooks and director Freddie Francis finally brought the project to fruition in 1985. Essentially, the story is the old one about grave robbers Burke and Hare and Scottish surgeon Dr. Robert Knox (which also yielded the 1945 Val Lewton classic The Body Snatcher). Timothy Dalton plays 18th century doctor Thomas Rock, who must rely upon the disreputable Robert Fallon (Jonathan Pryce) and Timothy Broom (Stephen Rea) to provide fresh cadavers for Dr. Rock's teaching hospital. When they can't dig up corpses fast enough to suit Dr. Rock, Fallon and Broom decide to streamline their methods via murder. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Timothy Dalton
as Dr. Thomas Rock
Jonathan Pryce
as Robert Fallon
as Jenny Bailey
Julian Sands
as Dr. Murray
Sian Phillips
as Annabella Rock
Phyllis Logan
as Elizabeth Rock
Stephen Rea
as Timothy Broom
Lewis Fiander
as Dr. Thornton
Ray Armstrong
as Prison Guard
Sam Bartlett
as Prison Guard
Moira Brooker
as Molly the Maid
Peter Burton
as Customer
Paul Curran
as Tom the Porter
Shaun Curry
as Policeman
Philip Davis
as Billy Bedlam
Roy Evans
as Sewerman
Rachel Herbert
as Mrs. Stevens
Martin Herring
as Messenger
John Horsley
as Dr. Mackendrick
Philip Jackson
as Andrew Merry-Lees
Leonard Maguire
as Nightwatchman
Jack May
as Dr. Stevens
T.P. McKenna
as O'Connor
Sarah Melia
as Nora Webb
David Parfitt
as Billings
Jeff Rawle
as Lambert
Beryl Reid
as Mrs. Flynn
Danny Schiller
as Praying Howard
Patrick Stewart
as Prof. Macklin
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Critic Reviews for The Doctor and the Devils

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Feels as though the plot could do even more with its material.

November 12, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A dull, uninspired—albeit aesthetically handsome—experience.

October 30, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

...bloated, lifeless, and toe-tagged. D.O.A.

April 6, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Doctor and the Devils

Okay, yeah, there's a good cast, and moments of entertainment here... but this is an old story that has been told in too many films already. I was just bored, it brought nothing new to the old tale.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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