Dead Ringers

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Though he's most famous for his portrayal of Victor Laszlo in 1942's Casablanca, actor Paul Henreid took a few turns behind the camera as evidenced by this 1964 thriller starring Bette Davis as twins Margaret DeLorca and Edith Phillips. After landing the beau they both sought after by falsely claiming she was pregnant, Margaret lives a life of luxury as the wife of a wealthy man. Now, 20 years later, a broke and lonely Edith has returned for revenge. After killing the recently widowed Margaret, Edith assumes her identity with plans of living the life she feels she's deserved all along. But in order to pull it off, she'll have to play the role of Margaret connivingly enough to fool her servants as well as a local playboy and the police. Dead Ringer was remade in 1986 as Killer in the Mirror, a made-for-television movie starring Ann Jillian.~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Jeremy Irons
  • Geneviève Bujold
  • Heidi von Palleske
  • Barbara Gordon
  • Shirley Douglas
  • Stephen Lack
  • Nick Nichols
  • Lynne Cormack
  • Damir Andrei
  • Miriam Newhouse

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • The shots of the twins onscreen together were accomplished through one of the first uses of computer-controlled moving-matte photography.
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Goofs

  • In a scene dated 1954, the twins seen are playing with The Visible Woman, Revell toy company's biological model of a woman that was not marketed until at least five years later.

Quotes

    • Elliot Mantle: I've often thought that there should be beauty contests for the *insides* of bodies.
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Metacritic

100

An instant classic, an Oscar-worthy showcase for Jeremy Irons, and a tightrope ballet over dicey screen material#133; A subtle movie - and thus a disturbing one. Like #147;Vertigo,#148; #147;The Night of the Hunter,#148; #147;Repulsion#148; and a few others, it finds beauty in morbidity - then nags you to come back for a second dose. [23 Sept 1988]

Metacritic review by Mike Clark
Mike Clark
USA Today
100

David Cronenberg's gelid masterpiece.

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
88

It's almost too rich in ideas for its own good: The sense of concentration and proportion isn't there. But it remains an astonishing, magnetic, devastating piece of work. [23 Sept 1988]

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune