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The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez (1991)

Featuring music instead of any dialogue and set in a near Kafkaesque future, this loose remake of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari follows a bureaucrat whom mysterious Dr. Ramirez and his hideous sidekick want as their latest victim.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikhail Baryshnikov ... Cesar
Joan Cusack ... Cathy
Peter Gallagher ... Matt
Ron Vawter ... Dr. Ramirez
Kate Valk Kate Valk ... Sue
Gregory Wallace Gregory Wallace ... Bruce
Werner Klemperer ... Fat Man Looking for a Tax Break
Humbert Astredo Humbert Astredo ... Man with Red Dodge
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Narc
Jim Clayburgh Jim Clayburgh ... Cop No. 2
Herb Downer Herb Downer ... Morgue Attendant
Herbert Duarte Herbert Duarte ... Cop No. 1's Son
Paul Eckstein ... Janitor
Henderson Forsythe Henderson Forsythe ... Senior Member
Mateo Gómez ... Disciple


Featuring music instead of any dialogue and set in a near Kafkaesque future, this loose remake of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari follows a bureaucrat whom mysterious Dr. Ramirez and his hideous sidekick want as their latest victim.

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Release Date:

4 December 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Kabinett des Dr. Ramirez See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Loosely based on the 1920 German surreal horror film classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) See more »


Remake of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) See more »


Die Harmonielehre
Composed by John Adams
Performed by San Francisco Symphony (as The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra)
Conducted by Edo de Waart
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Phantasmagorically terrifying! A truly disturbing experience.
11 October 2006 | by IFeedPigeonsSee all my reviews

I saw this on PBS when it first aired. I was 25. I was prompted to watch it due to the tile, as I figured it must be a remake of The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (another scary film). Lo and behold, it pretty much was.

13 years later, I have NEVER forgotten how scary this movie was. Every so often in passing have I seen in my mind the special effects that fill this film.

Halllucinatory, phantasmagoric images encompassed every single corner of the screen during much of the film. That chant scared the wits out of me as well - yet the totally silent scenes were that much worse. Kudos to everyone involved in the movie -- it has a long-lasting effect on the viewer, which cannot be said for too many movies.

I think that the images were provocative and came off the way schizophrenics may see the world -- non-stop slants, twists and unsure footings. For these, the camera angels were put to excellent use. Mikhail, Joan and Peter were all great. I could go on and on about this film, so I'll just keep it short, lest I get exhausted. I do hope that, if this ever plays again, that I will have heard about it because I'd love to get a copy of this. A truly disturbing experience. Highly recommended!

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