Mary Reilly 1996 R CC

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(83) IMDb 5.8/10
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An innocent Irish housemaid finds herself enmeshed in a love triangle between her kindly employer, Dr. Jekyll, and his brutal alter-ego, Mr. Hyde. Directed by Stephen Frears.

Starring:
Julia Roberts, John Malkovich
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

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Mary Reilly

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance, Horror
Director Stephen Frears
Starring Julia Roberts, John Malkovich
Supporting actors George Cole, Michael Gambon, Kathy Staff, Glenn Close, Michael Sheen, Bronagh Gallagher, Linda Bassett, Henry Goodman, Ciarán Hinds, Sasha Hanau, Moya Brady, Emma Griffiths Malin, David Ross, Tim Barlow, Isabella Marsh, Wendy Nottingham, Richard Leaf, Stephen Boxer
Studio TriStar Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

The acting from the cast is good.
"claremonde99"
There is rather a bit of gore, so if you are really squeamish, maybe this isn't the movie for you.
Emily (sfrouch@netusa1.net)
Julia Roberts and John Malkovich were totally believable in their roles.
gadget annie

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 2001
Format: DVD
The movie rolls in and out with fog for a reason. You may argue that you didn't like Julia Roberts so-so Irish accent or that the movie was too slow but if you can't see the method behind the madness of this film let me enlighten you. The whole movie drifts as a nightmare of fog. The slow part is due to this floating horrible sense of dread that drifts you through these mysterious places that would tend to seem normal but aren't for some unexplainable reason. It's clear that the bounds of reality and dream seem to mingle throughout this movie, and in most part is very disturbing because of this almost expressionist like effect. But this effect works together with the music to achieve this feeling of lurking fear. In one scene that really scared me, a normal act by the workers of an eel being skinned later turns into a horrible dream by Mary of the dead thing rising and staring at her. The film goes even further than the normal Jekyll and Hyde duality theme, showing that there is duality in almost everything. The day and the night, consciousness and dream, human and beast, love and lust, and for the most part starts to blend the ideas into the normal course of a servant's everyday life. Although Jekyll and Hyde are a good and evil influence on the film they are not shown as much because it's dreamscape is through that of Mary. So it shows him not as the tortured victim of a supernatural will battle that he saw himself as but as a mysterious, psychotic, nightmare being that fleshes itself out throughout the film as a real person. In fact the whole movie becomes more real as it progresses. The movie is a very good example of psychological, dream-like terror that is often disturbing and one of the better versions of the Jekyll and Hyde story, only bested by the silent John Barrymore version.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tom Palces on July 21, 2000
Format: DVD
Julia Roberts as Mary Reilly is wonderful in the film. She gave a sensitive dramatic performance in this artistic film which takes the classic tale of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde (played superbly by John Malkovich) in a different perspective - in the eyes of his faithful lady servant, Mary, played by Roberts. Also, in the film is a hilarious participation of Glenn Close. I recommend this movie for serious fans of Julia Roberts. Great Film!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "claremonde99" on February 24, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This film happens to be a peculiar favorite of mine primarily because the setting, music, and cinematography set the overall haunting atmosphere of the film. Everything about the atmosphere is overshadowing. The film seems to mold the setting as an additional character by accenting the actions of Jekyll, Hyde,and Mary. A particular scene that catches my attention everytime is when Mary plants the flowers in the backyard, and soon afterward the vibrant colors of the flowers do no help "enliven" the space. This is the main reason for why I enjoyed the film because it demonstrates how enviornment forshadows the dangerous activities of the Doctor. However, I do acknowledge there are aspects of the film that are not as strong.There are parts of the film that both distracte, and fascinate me.
The only weak point for me in watching the film is the lack of control in the Irish "accent" from Julia Roberts that filters in and out frequently throughout the film. The acting from the cast is good. John Malkovich's performance was great and as always with a suave seduction that isn't unfamiliar from his previous works. I was surprised however by Julia Robert's portrayal of Mary Reilly. I have never seen Roberts play a character that wasn't "glamorous" to some degree. Mary Reilly is a strong character that has survived abuse, and lived out a good life. I feel that Roberts did convey the sadness and curiosity of the character Mary.
Overall, this film is an enjoyable film, but not a masterpiece or classic. It is a film that is filled with dark corridors, shadows, and fog, all of which add to the story and plight of the principal characters.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This film was apparently in theaters for so short a time, I'd never heard of it until I saw it on video. Too bad. Then, when I read reviews of it, Julia Roberts seemed to get universally blasted for her portrayal of the title character. After watching it, I can't imagine why, except that they believe her fans only want to see her in a romantic comedy - this film was apparently promoted as a Roberts vehicle, which it isn't. It is, however, a perfect example of a Malkovich vehicle. He is perfectly cast as the good/evil Jekyll/Hyde in this rendition of the story with its inherently sexual overtones. No matter what you read elsewhere by professional critics, both performances were excellent, and Malkovich and Roberts were wonderful together. In fact, the sexual intensity is so hot, in spite of (or maybe because of) the film's slow pace, I nearly needed a cold shower by the end. As for the complaints about Roberts' accent, I found it amusing that she should be blamed for attempting one, while Malkovich seems to always be criticized for never doing so.
The film as a whole was less than perfect (hence only four stars), but this does not distract from the experience. Specific problems are addressed in a review below this one, however, what I believe caused so much negative publicity was the film's being mercilessly compared to Dangerous Liaisons (same writer, director, also Malkovich and Close). In my opinion, that is like comparing your second, but above average child unfavorably to his genius older sibling - It doesn't imply that Mary Reilly is not worth watching. See it - don't let critics make your decisions for you.
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