R | | Crime, Drama, History
In Victorian England, two grave robbers supply a wealthy doctor with bodies to research anatomy on, but greed causes them to look for a more simple way to get the job done. Based on the horrifying Burke and Hare case.
The West Port or Burke and Hare murders formed the basis of the Robert Louis Stevenson short story "The Body Snatcher", which has also been filmed, as The Body Snatcher (1945), Mystery and Imagination: The Body Snatcher (1966), and El quinto jinete: El ladrón de cadáveres (1975).
My time costs you two bob. She grabs nine pence, but I take off all me clothes.
Dr. Murray: Here's a sovereign.
Jennie Bailey: A sovereign? How long do you want me for, a week?
The song Jennie sings in the tavern ("Whisper and I Shall Hear") was not written until 1891, while the Burke and Hare murders on which the film is based took place in 1828.
UK versions are cut by 9 secs to remove a cockfight.
$22,559 (USA) (6 October 1985)
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