Dead Ringers

Synopsis: The Mantle brothers are both doctors - both gynecologists - and identical twins. Mentally however, one of them is more confident than the other, and always manages to seduce the women he meets. When he's tired of his current partner, she is passed on to the other brother - without her knowing. Everything runs smoothly, until an actress visits their clinic, and the shy brother is the first to fall in love. Will they be able to 'share' her ?
Director(s): David Cronenberg
Production: Media Home Entertainment
  20 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min


Have you ever heard anything about sex.

Sure I have.

- Well, I've discovered why sex is.

- You have? Fantastic!

It's because humans

don't live underwater.

I don't get it.

Fish don't need sex, because they just lay

the eggs and fertilise them in the water.

Humans can't do that

because they don't live in water.

They have to... internalise the water.

Therefore we have sex.

So you mean humans wouldn't have sex

if they lived in the water?

They'd have a kind of sex. The kind where

you wouldn't have to touch each other.

I like that idea.

Have you heard of scuba diving?

It's just new.

Self-contained underwater

breathing apparatus.


- Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

- Yeah. You ask her.

Raffaella, will you have sex with us

in our bathtub? It's an experiment.

Are you kidding?

F*** off, you freaks!

I'm telling my father you talk dirty.

Besides, I know for a fact

you don't even know what "f***" is!

They're so different from us...

...and all because

we don't live underwater.

The morculum is working superbly.

- Shall I insert the manticulator?

- Please.

What's the diagnosis?

Intra-ovular surgery.

Where did you get that instrument?

- We had it made for us.

- Really?

Might be fine for a cadaver.

It won't work with a living patient.

To our fabulous twins...

...who have, as mere undergraduates...

...already brought us glory.

Hear, hear!

And here it is... solid gold...

Er, well, solid gold plate, that is!

The Mantle retractor, which is now

the standard of the industry.

Here's to a brilliant future!

Here it is.

That's wonderful!


They got the pivot pin in backwards.

Bev, you should've been there.

I was.


Are all the necessary parts there, Doc?

Yes, they are.

And there are a couple of extra ones

that shouldn't be.

Not funny.

Er, no... I wasn't joking.

Would you excuse me a minute?

I'll be right back.

Elly, I want you to look at

this woman before you go.

I'm late, Bev. If I f*** up with the

chairman's wife, we lose our grant.

She's a trifurcate.

I've never seen anything like it.

Down in a minute. It's Dr Mantle.

Keep the car waiting. Thanks.

Is this Claire Niveau?


- What, the Claire Niveau?

- Yeah.

Ooh! What's she doing here?

A mini-series. She's got three agents

and a bodyguard in the waiting room.

- And her life is empty without children.

- How did you know?

Bev, everyone knows that! Don't you

ever read the National Enquirer?

"Star's life empty without children."

I hope it also explained how we can make

her fertile, because I don't think I can.

Then we'll have to see what I can do.

Elly, what about dinner

with the chairman's wife?

I guess la bella contessa

will have to wait.

Right, let's take another look.


That's fantastic.

I've never had anybody say that

about the inside of my body before.

Surely you've heard of inner beauty?

I've often thought there should be

beauty contests for the insides of bodies.

You know, best spleen...

Most perfectly developed kidneys...

Why don't we have standards of beauty...

...for the entire human body...

...inside and out?

I have a feeling you do.

So I'll tell 'em to f*** off.

Pardon my French.

Don't tell them to f*** off. I need the work.

This mini-series is paying peanuts.

You don't need to be humiliated.

I've decided.

I want to be humiliated.

Tell me about my uterus.

Well, it has three doorways.

Three cervixes leading into

three separate compartments... your uterus.

That is fabulously rare.

Do you have trouble with your periods?

Listen... um... I'm gonna be late

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David Cronenberg

David Paul Cronenberg, CC OOnt FRSC (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian filmmaker, actor and author. Cronenberg is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror or visceral horror genre. This style of filmmaking explores people's fears of bodily transformation and infection. In his films, the psychological is typically intertwined with the physical. In the first half of his career, he explored these themes mostly through horror and science fiction, although his work has since expanded beyond these genres. His films have won numerous awards, including the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Crash (1996). more…

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