Burke & Hare 2011 NR CC

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(25) IMDb 6.2/10
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WILLIAM BURKE (Simon Pegg) and WILLIAM HARE (Andy Serkis) are scratching out a living in 1820s Edinburgh. After yet another failed business venture, they return to Hare's lodging house to find that a tenant has suddenly died on rent day. As the boys decide how to dispose of the body over a drink, they discover that a corpse can fetch a hefty price.

Starring:
Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis
Runtime:
1 hour 32 minutes

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Burke & Hare

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Comedy
Director John Landis
Starring Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis
Supporting actors Michael Smiley, Tim Curry, Paul Davis, Christian Brassington, Gabrielle Downey, Stuart McQuarrie, Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Mike Goodenough, Jessica Hynes, Robert Fyfe, Robert Willox, David Schofield, David Hayman, Christopher Lee, Ronnie Corbett, Ciaron Kelly, Reece Shearsmith
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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In contrast, I enjoyed the love story brewing between Simon Pegg's William Burke and Isla Fisher's Ginny Hawkins.
marriedutopianstriver
The sex scenes mean that this is unsuitable for children, but the characters don't have enough depth to generate the tension necessary to grip and adult.
M Sockel
This B&H gets points for effort and dark humor, but it's ultimately neither a great comedy nor scare, just a mildly creepy almost-there.
K. Swanson

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Format: DVD
"I have got enough money put aside to start our new business...funeral parlors." This is the very funny true story about Burke (Pegg) and Hare (Serkis). They started off as simple grave robbers trying to make a living in Scotland in the 19th century. When an opportunity that is more lucrative comes along they jump at the chance. The job - providing cadavers to "teachers" around the city. The thing that gets them into trouble is how they find the cadavers. This is an extremely dark comedy that makes you laugh at things you should not laugh at. The plot of the movie deals with two guys who go around killing people for money. The fact that Simon Pegg is the main star is the reason I watched this to start. The supporting cast is also fantastic, but the movie on it's own is pretty entertaining and worth a watch. While not as funny as "Shaun Of The Dead", it does have that type of should I laugh at this quality to it. The best way I can describe it would be a comedy along the lines of "Sweeney Todd". If you like that movie you will like this one, no singing and more laughs. Overall, worth a watch, unless you are easily offended. I give it a B.

*Also try - Lucky & Sweeney Todd
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hank Napkin on September 6, 2011
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Very much in the tradition of classic, sly, gentle and darkly funny Ealing comedies, "Burke & Hare" takes a genuine point in history and plays with it, all the while remaining tongue in cheek, true to its premise, delightfully unpredictable and profoundly human. Anyone that still thinks fondly of the very original "The Ladykillers", "Kind Hearts and Coronets", "The Lavender Hill Mob" or others from Ealing's golden age will be more than pleased to see that style arrive refreshed, updated, carefully written -- the multiple plot lines add considerable depth, bringing this humour noir / period comedy in line with 21st century expectations -- and wonderfully produced and performed. We'll see if "Burke & Hare" manages to stand the test of time as well as those earlier films, but it easily surpasses any requirements needed to engage your interest and your humor for a near pitch-perfect 90 minutes.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Teslovich on December 27, 2011
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Attention to detail is usually a quick indicator of overall quality in a product and this rendition of the infamous 1820s Burke and Hare, Edinburgh murders began with quality performances from a great cast and continues with the authenticity of the setting, costuming and props. You truly feel as if you are a cohort with our medical supply entrepreneurs as they roam those streets looking to supply the local medical institutions. Historically accurate as their business was particularly lucrative given the increased demand for, and declining supply of - their product.

It is a comedic interpretation in every way possible from slapstick to high humor to incompetence. It is also dark given the people chosen to be dispatched with and the methods used. At times you feel sympathetic toward Burke and Hare and at times disgust at the complicity at all levels of society - with money often the source of "looking the other way".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark David Hamilton on April 23, 2013
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I was amazed at the broad range of cast in this film. So many of my favorite British actors made a cameo. I loved Tim Curry as a conniving doctor. The comedy of Burke and Hare is enough to make you have to rewind because you missed a joke or your drink decided that your nose was an exit. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 15, 2012
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Before watching BURKE AND HARE, I had never heard of the notorious murderers and grave robbers, Burke and Hare. I rented the movie because it stars Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, and Isla Fisher, and marks John Landis return to movie directing (he hadn't directed a major motion picture since 1998). Pegg plays William Burke and Serkis portrays William Hare. Burke and Hare are a couple of immigrants to Scotland from Ireland. They've done all sorts of odd jobs to stay afloat, but are running out of money. After their latest scheme fails, they return home, excited at the prospect of collecting the rent money from one of their boarders. However, upon returning home Hare's wife, Lucky, informs him that they won't get any money because the boarder died. They attempt to dispose of the body, but then learn that Dr. Robert Knox (Tom Wilkinson) at the Edinburgh Medical College is in need of bodies for his work. So, Burke and Hair bring the body to the College and are a paid a nice sum with the promise of more if they can bring more bodies. Knox is a great surgeon but all the "sanctioned" bodies are being used across town at Edinburgh's other medical school by Dr. Monro (Tim Curry) so Knox is in great need. Hare thinks they've found their next business because Edinburgh is full of people just waiting to die, but who just need a little help. Burke isn't so sure and is conflicted by the whole enterprise. Then Burke meets Ginny Hawkins (Isla Fisher), a performer who wants to launch the first full-female cast of Shakespeare's MacBeth. Sensing a possible way to keep meeting Ginny, Burke agrees to finance her production and, thus, the killings continue.

BURKE AND HARE is a dark satirical comedy. The title characters are murderers, but the script really makes one sympathize with them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teri on July 21, 2013
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Funny and entertaining. Great actors. Based on a true story....apparantly. Watched it with some friends & we liked it very much.
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