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Dead Ringers (2005)

Jeremy Irons , Genevieve Bujold , David Cronenberg  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeremy Irons, Genevieve Bujold
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Writers: David Cronenberg, Norman Snider
  • Producers: David Cronenberg, Marc Boyman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009298N4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,242 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dead Ringers" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Cast/filmmaker interviews and filmographies
  • Dead Ringers Psychological Profiler (menu-based quiz)
  • Theatrical trailer

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Claire Niveau is in love with Beverly. Or does she love Elliot? It's uncertain because brothers Beverly and Elliot Mantle are identical twins sharing the same medical practice, apartment and women - including unsuspecting Claire. In portrayals that won the New York Film Critics Best Actor Award, Jeremy Irons plays twin gynecologists whose emotional dependency collapses into mind games, madness and murder. Genevieve Bujold, the Los Angeles Film Critics Best Supporting Actress choice,? is Claire. And David Cronenberg (The Fly) won Los Angeles Film Critics Best Director honors for melding split-screen techniques, body doubles and Irons? uncanny acting into an eerie, fact-based tale ?unnerving but also enthralling? (Desson Howe, The Washington Post).

DVD Features:Audio Commentary:by Jeremy IronsFeaturette:Behind the Scenes FeaturetteInterviews:Cast/Filmmaker Interviews and FilmographiesOther:Dead Ringers Psychological ProfilerTheatrical Trailer:

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Minds Think Alike April 11, 2007
After creating the viscerally charged and bewildering Videodrome, Cronenberg took on a few projects with a bit more mainstream appeal: The Dead Zone, The Fly, and this film: Dead Ringers.

It's not just a clever title (in fact, the movie was going to be called "Twins" until one of Cronenberg's old producers, Ivan Reitman, asked if he could use the title for a movie he was working on with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito). The movie stars -- and stars again -- Jeremy Irons as twin gynecologists, Beverly and Elliot Mantle. Although they are physically identical, their personalities take divergent paths as they grow older. Elliot grows into a confident womanizer, a sponge for the spotlight. Beverly withdraws into books, confident in little else other than his research.

They have a good thing going. Elliot woos the women and whisks them off of their feet, and when he tires of them, he hands them off to his bro Bev. The ladies are, apparantly, none the wiser. None, that is, until they try the stunt on Claire Niveau. Claire is a melodramatic and needy type, who has a steady addiction to pills, but she's also a pretty popular actress -- a student of human actions -- and the difference between the two men's faces are easier to hide from her than the differences between their hearts. It doesn't help matters, of course, that Beverly falls in love with her.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
The Mantle brothers, Beverly and Elliot, are more than just identical twins. They're like two aspects of one person's internal character turned into two separate external realities. They're both brilliant gynecologists specializing in infertility problems with women and have spent their whole lives living as if they were one individual. They live in the same flat, work at the same clinic and share the same unsuspecting women until Beverly falls in love and no longer wants to share. This emotional break initiates an evaluation of the self, ultimately calling into question the very nature of the brothers symbiotic relations. Can they survive without each other? Jeremy Irons does more than just clone himself in this role, but engenders the brothers Mantle with two distinctive characterizations that are convincing and compelling. Based on an actual case.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, but a great film! September 28, 1999
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This is my favorite David Cronenberg film. It also features an amazing performance by Jeremy Irons (I instantly became a Jeremy Irons fan and have since seen all his movies). Jeremy Irons plays twin brothers who are physically separate but emotionally and mentally attached. Jeremy Irons performance(s) is(are) so flawless that the viewer forgets that one actor is portraying both characters. The film is based on a true story of twin gynecologists in Toronto (home to me!!), which makes it more interesting. The plot is twisted and Cronenberg is as usual unconventional (with the exception of "M Butterfly" which is a so so film). Watch out for the scene when both brothers are in bed with their love interest. The ending will stick with you for a long time. I saw the film 5 years ago, and I still remember the horrifying ending as if I'd just seen the movie.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly unique, disturbing, haunting and great October 7, 2003
When I first saw "Dead Ringers", I was about twelve years old. All I can say about that first viewing is that it really gave me shivers...years later (five days ago), I got the Criterion DVD by mail, which I ordered from Ebay. I watched it and was really disturbed. Then, I listened to the audio commentary by the director, David Cronenberg, which also directed pretty great films such as "Crash", "Naked Lunch", and "eXistenZ". The commentary itself is worth the DVD's price (even though it can be hard to find because it is out of print). It really helps understanding Cronenberg's vision of every scene, and believe me, he brings many nuances and psychological details, even though Jeremy Irons' acting is awesome and really eloquent and meaningful.
The film is about two twins, Elliott and Beverly (both played by the fantastic Jeremy Irons) who are gynecologists and discover that some women suffer from mutations in their uterus. Besides their work, these two twins are pretty much the same least, on the outside (they live in the same apartment, they have the same job, they even share the same women!)...on the inside, it's different, and that's what we discover when the disturbing mind of Beverly unfolds before our eyes and hearts.
Cronenberg is ambitious. Like he said, most of the films that feature twins are comedies or thrillers in which one of the twins is good and fights his evil brother. He takes a very different approach and focuses on the complexes and psychological flaws that having a twin could create. Personally, if I had a twin and saw this film, it would completely change my life. This film goes deep.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was my 4th time watching since it's release. More interesting because it was a true story.
Published 28 days ago by mauiehu
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like Jeremy a lot . Good actor
Published 2 months ago by erna millan
2.0 out of 5 stars It was good. At first.
Jeremy Irons gave a fantastic performance. As someone with an actual fear of gynecological experiences (try getting an IUD installed - it totally feels like the "instrument... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Layo
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Cronenberg movie.
Wild flick. You'll enjoy it if you like Cronenberg movies. Sick and twisted, makes you "Hhu?"
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars It was great. He did a superb job in this movie
Jeremy Irons playing Jeremy Irons. How Ironic. It was great. He did a superb job in this movie.
Published 2 months ago by Rosanne Balison
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I collect DVDs,I have over 3,500 and this is part of the collection
Published 3 months ago by R D F
3.0 out of 5 stars It was pretty vulgar for my taste but accurate
The movie portrayed the mind of twin sociopaths and what happens when unhealthy relationships are allowed to continue. It was pretty vulgar for my taste but accurate.
Published 3 months ago by Joy Gutzman
5.0 out of 5 stars Cronenberg's Masterpiece
Disturbing, compelling, brilliant. "Dead Ringers" (1998) represents director David Cronenberg, Jeremy Irons and Geneviève Bujold at their absolute best. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome flick
I Love this movie. Jeremy Irons gives a jaw dropping performance. One of Cronenberg's finest. Great pace and tone.. deliciously creepy!
Published 4 months ago by TJC
4.0 out of 5 stars An underrated gem from the 1980s
After David Cronenberg remade "The Fly" in 1986, he made this. It's based on a true story, and it's a mesmerizing story of a descent of two men, doctors, and their descent... Read more
Published 5 months ago by SuperJim
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