Burke And Hare

Synopsis: Based on the true story about the famous murderers, 'Burke And Hare' follows the hapless exploits of these two men as they fall into the highly profitable business of providing cadavers for the medical fraternity in Nineteenth Century Edinburgh, then the centre of medical learning. The one thing they were short of was bodies.
Genre: Comedy, Thriller
Director(s): John Landis
Production: IFC Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min


I give you the human form...

in all its glory.

Jesus Christ!

I've a very,

very good explanation, sir.

Well, Patterson?

Let's hear this very,

very good explanation.

Not content with butchering

his own patients,

Monro has now taken

to using political influence

to hinder the advancement

of medical science.

Beggars can't be choosers, sir.

I had to take the only one that

Resurrectionist McTavish had left.

That's the third rotter I've had

from McTavish and his gang

of grave robbers

in the last three weeks.

I can't go on like this.

Is there anything I can do,


You could start praying, Patterson,

for the one thing that could save us.

And what's that, sir?

An enormous and awful calamity

right here in Edinburgh.

An accident or a--

or a natural disaster.

Something which generates the large

numbers of cadavers I need for my work.

Wouldn't that be nice, sir?

Yes, Patterson.

It would be nice.

You told your wife

you was gonna get a job.

You lied.

An economy with the truth, Willy,

isn't the same as a flat-out lie.

And you think Lucky's

gonna grasp that distinction?

She's not exactly

a forgiving woman.

I'll not hear a bad word

said against her.

All right.

I'll grant you she's had her problems

with the bottle,

but she's fighting her demons.

Besides she's bound to be

in high spirits.

-- It's rent day for Old Donald.

-- Ah!

Ah, ya see?

Within every cloud,

there's a silver lining.

Where's the money you owe us,

Mr. Hare?!

I know this looks bad, love,

but there's a good explanation.

You see, Willy here came up

with this fantastic new product.

-- Donegal moss.

-- It started off a roaring success.

Aye, for a while it looked as though

all our troubles were over.

Jesus, what's that smell?

Er, it was an accident.

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