David Cronenberg

Dead Ringers

Dead Ringers

In Dead Ringers, David Cronenberg tells the chilling story of identical twin gynecologists—suave Elliot and sensitive Beverly, bipolar sides of one personality—who share the same practice, the same apartment, the same women. When a new patient, glamorous actress Claire Niveau, challenges their eerie bond, they descend into a whirlpool of sexual confusion, drugs, and madness. Jeremy Irons' s tour-de-force performance—as both twins—raises disturbing questions about the nature of personal identity.

Film Info

  • David Cronenberg
  • United States
  • 1988
  • 115 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #21

Special Features

  • A new digital transfer, approved by director David Cronenberg and director of photography Peter Suschitzky
  • Audio commentary by Cronenberg, Jeremy Irons, editor Ron Sanders, production designer Carol Spier, and Suschitzky
  • The original designs for the opening title sequence
  • "Mathematics in Metal" & "Instruments for Operating on Mutant Women": A still gallery of drawings and photographs of the sculptures and medical instruments designed for the film
  • Twinning effect/motion control footage
  • The electronic press kit, including a trailer and a featurette
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Cover based on a theatrical poster

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • A new digital transfer, approved by director David Cronenberg and director of photography Peter Suschitzky
  • Audio commentary by Cronenberg, Jeremy Irons, editor Ron Sanders, production designer Carol Spier, and Suschitzky
  • The original designs for the opening title sequence
  • "Mathematics in Metal" & "Instruments for Operating on Mutant Women": A still gallery of drawings and photographs of the sculptures and medical instruments designed for the film
  • Twinning effect/motion control footage
  • The electronic press kit, including a trailer and a featurette
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Cover based on a theatrical poster

Dead Ringers
Cast
Jeremy Irons
Beverly Mantle/Elliot Mantle
Geneviève Bujold
Claire Niveau
Heidi von Palleske
Cary
Barbara Gordon
Danuta
Shirley Douglas
Laura
Stephen Lack
Anders Wolleck
Credits
Director
David Cronenberg
Producer
David Cronenberg
Producer
Marc Boyman
Screenplay
David Cronenberg
Screenplay
Norman Snider
Based on the book "Twins" by
Bari Wood
Based on the book "Twins" by
Jack Geasland
Executive producer
Sylvio Tabet
Executive producer
Carol Baum
Associate producer
John Board
Costume design
Denise Cronenberg
Cinematography
Peter Suschitzky
Music
Howard Shore
Production design
Carol Spier
Editing
Ronald Sanders

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