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Burke & Hare is a comedic take on the true story of the 1828 Edinburgh body-snatchers William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis). These two Irish entrepreneurs discover that a dead body can fetch a hefty price when the demands of the leading medical professors Dr. Knox (Tom Wilkinson) and Dr. Monroe (Tim Curry) reach beyond that of the local supply.


According to director John Landis Burke and Hare is "A black romantic comedy in the classic tradition of Ealing Studios' Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Ladykillers"




"Landis pounces on every contemporary innovation and social issue for its inherent gallows humour to craft an entertaining version of the historical facts."
"Burke & Hare offers many pleasures, chief among them the return of the Landis of old."
Nathan Rubin, AV CLUB
";A movie that blends the comedy and darker elements of the tale with quite a light hand, producing several belly laughs along with some delicious mirth that teeters close to the edge but somehow manages to stay on the acceptable side of good taste"
Alan Paterson, AV FORUMS
"A droll take on one of the most notorious mass-murder cases of the 19th century."
Neil Genzlinger, NEW YORK TIMES


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