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The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror | 18 May 1971 (USA)
A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death.

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Robert Fuest
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... Dr. Anton Phibes
Joseph Cotten ... Dr. Vesalius
Virginia North ... Vulnavia
Terry-Thomas ... Dr. Longstreet
Sean Bury ... Lem Vesalius
Susan Travers ... Nurse Allen
David Hutcheson David Hutcheson ... Dr. Hedgepath
Edward Burnham ... Dr. Dunwoody
Alex Scott ... Dr. Hargreaves
Peter Gilmore ... Dr. Kitaj
Maurice Kaufmann ... Dr. Whitcombe
Peter Jeffrey ... Inspector Trout
Derek Godfrey Derek Godfrey ... Crow
Norman Jones ... Sgt. Tom Schenley
John Cater ... Superintendent Waverley
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Storyline

Doctors are being murdered in bizarre manners - bats, bees, a killer frog mask, etc. - which represent the nine Biblical plagues of Egypt. The crimes are orchestrated by an organ-playing, demented madman (from his home base, replete with a clockwork orchestra and help from a beautiful, mute assistant). Detectives are stumped until they find that all the slain doctors once assisted a Dr. Vesalius on an unsuccessful operation involving the wife of organist Dr. Phibes, killed in a car crash upon learning of his wife's death. He couldn't be the culprit, could he? Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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There are two sides to Dr. Phibes.....both of them EVIL! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some horror violence/gore | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

18 May 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Phibes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. Phibes's wife was named Victoria Regina. In 1935, Vincent Price made his Broadway debut in the play "Victoria Regina." See more »

Goofs

After Vulnavia dances with Phibes, he lowers the cage of bats into the cellar. Vulnavia runs up the stairs, then appears downstairs seconds later, in different clothes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Butler - Ross: Good morning, sir.
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Crazy Credits

Phibes is heard laughing after the song and the credits end. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Spanish language version features an almost completely different music soundtrack. The French version also features some subtle differences. See more »

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Featured in Vincent Price: Working with Vincent Price (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Courtesy of The Big Three Music Co.
(Instrumental over the end titles)
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If you like this, you will love RAIMI's DARKMAN
12 December 2001 | by Gulag-2See all my reviews

Phibes is a very cool character. He's not only a "mad doctor" at 100% but also one of the ultimate "bogey men". This guy is a genius, his mind is by far superior to everyone else's. At the same time, he's a psycho monster (disfigured and totally twisted) moved by "revenge". Phibes uses to hide himself into the darkness (he wears masks to reproduce his former human facade) and he's extremely...ehm... dangerous. There is a similar character. The unfogettable "DARKMAN", played by Liam Neeson and created by the evil mind of SAM RAIMI. Darkman is the definitive "bogey man", a disfigured psycho hero with unknown faculties, searching for revenge against his enemies who disfigured HIM. In the while, he can assume alternate identities with special syntethic skinned masks. In fact, he was a scientist, a genius. I advice YOU. Rent Phibes, then buy Darkman. You will be not disappointed by these two great heroes, surely the darkest movie characters in history. Both the movies are stunning Horror/action/adventure/drama/comedy mixs...please, don't miss them. Revenge is the medicine, of course.


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