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David Cronenberg


Jeremy Irons
Geneviève Bujold
Heidi von Palleske
Barbara Gordon
Shirley Douglas
Stephen Lack





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Twin gynecologists, Elliot and Beverly Mantl, can't help spiraling into madness and addiction when they meet a pill-popping actress who hopes to have children.

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Subtle, very eerie examination of the mental deterioration between identical twins. Two brilliant minds become strained through questionable medical studies, female relationships, and drug use. The whole conceit is that both start out as bipolar personalities and eventually become part of one whole. They find that neither cannot live without the other. The finale brings about this point in an emotional, somewhat confounding manner that left me a bit cold. There's a constant uneasy mood with a depressing undertone present. Jeremy Irons gives an understated, completely engrossing performance as both twin brothers. That alone is worth the watch.

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mitchellyoung 12/29/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Dead Ringers is one of Cronenberg's more linear films - a psychological thriller that pits two twin gynecologists against each other. Jeremy Irons gives a haunting portrayal of both brothers and the film doesn't escape without a hint of Cronenberg's trademark visceral symbolism. Weird, but unforgettable.

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09/03/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Dead Ringers is about a scary transformation, actresses lifestyle, malpractice, attachments (figuratively and literally), loneliness, drug addiction, manipulation and a unique brotherly love. As one of the characters mentioned - "Why don't you get along with your very own life?" which almost sums up the premise of the story. One of the best horrific psychological thrillers with a great performance from a single person. Elliot and Beverly Mantle are identical twins that are gynecologists. Beverly is the younger of the two who is shy and lonely while Elliot is confident and a womanizer. One of the best drug related films which shows its effects via clinical depression, heavy drinking, prescription drug abuse and paranoid delusions. Jeremy Irons was just spectacular in his role on the ...

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05/10/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Brilliant gynecologists Beverly and Elliot Mantle are identical twins who share everything-even women-when the younger and more sensitive of the two forms an emotional bond with one of their patients that threatens their inter-dependent relationship. David Cronenberg's dark psycho-sexual chiller is lacking his usual gory effects and is a much more subtle and understated affair. The doctors' psychological decay and descent into drug abuse and madness is handled with great sensitivity, never demonising or judgemental, and the seamless direction and visual effects mean that you would never guess that the twins were played by the same actor if you didn't already know. Jeremy Irons turns in not one but two remarkable performances as the troubled twins, subtly giving each individuality through ...

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