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390 Ratings

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
United States, 1931
Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi


Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that changes him from a mild-mannered man of science into the homicidal animalistic maniac Mr. Hyde.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Directed by Rouben Mamoulian

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1932 | 3 wins including: Most Favorite Actor (Audience Referendum)

Academy Awards

1932 | Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1932 | 2 nominations including: Best Writing, Adaptation

We finally see Jekyll (ourself) in the mirror… It’s much like Robert Montgomery’s later POV usage in the impressive Lady in the Lake (which was used entirely throughout) but Mamoulian’s technique is much more seamless – a purer integration of camerawork and special effects with story and theme, and one of the greatest synthesis of style and substance in all of cinema.
October 15, 2016
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Through Miriam Hopkins’s sex appeal as the impoverished object of Jekyll and Hyde’s affections, the lure of sensationalism paves way for the terror of abusive relationships, implementing a moral foundation more indelible and effective than any censor’s invention.
April 20, 2016
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The description “a phenomenon of style” will do quite nicely. In addition to being an emotionally taxing experience, Mamoulian’s film is an inventory of just about everything that the cinema could do in the year 1931, quite a lot of which still outlines its capabilities today.
November 06, 2014
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