Mary Reilly

Synopsis: We are somewhere in England in the 19th century. A Pretty housemaid works in a nice house, which is Dr. Jekyll's house. Mary Reilly think she found her best job, because she is poor and the doctor is well-known and rich. The film tells the 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' story as a woman sees the two men, one of them is good and the other is evil. And she loves them ...
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Director(s): Stephen Frears
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

I won't bite you.

I'm sorry, sir.

You gave me a fright.

You're up very early.

I'm generally up by 5, sir.

Otherwise, I get behind.

I used to be able to stay up all night

and suffer no ill effects whatsoever.

Oh, well.

Those scars.

Would you mind if I examine them?

It's a purely professional curiosity.

I don't like to talk about them,

if it's all the same to you.

There are some on your neck as well.

They look almost like teeth marks.


Yes, sir. That's what they are.

Mary, you'll find an eel in the

fish pantry. Fetch it in, will you?

It's alive!

Warmth of your hands revived him.

Put him here.

Difficult buggers to kill, these eels.

Now, keep hold of its tail.

Go on. Don't be soft.

Fetch the skinners.

What's the matter with you?

I'm all right.

- You're as white as a sheet.

- Sorry.

Well, fetch us that big

saucepan off the range.

What's he do there, on his own,

all those hours?

He's after something. I don't know.

Last year, he gave weekly

lectures in that operating theatre.

He had patients,

like a regular doctor.

He just stopped?

Just like that.

From one day to the next.

Perhaps he's looking

for a cure for something.


For what ails him,

if he's got any sense.

Shall I leave the candle a while,

or do you want to sleep?

I always want to sleep.

I can't understand why it should take

so much effort to look after one man.

I don't mind hard work.

Well, I do.

I've been in service since I was 12,

and this is the best place I've had.

He's a kind man, the doctor.

Anyone can see that.

If he was that kind,

he'd let me sleep in till 6.

Good night, then.

I feel safe here, is all.

Good morning, sir.

Mary, this is most welcome.

I'm ravenous.

I'm pleased. I wasn't sure

whether I should wake you.


You can't have had much sleep.

I heard you coming in three hours ago.

Last night, I came to the end

of a very long journey.

For months now...

...I have been engaged

in the driest kind of study.

But last night, all the barriers

fell before me.

I have made a great breakthrough.

I'm very happy to hear it, sir.

Yesterday, I looked into the library,

and there you were with a book.

I had no idea you were able to read.

I'm very sorry.

You're most welcome to borrow

any book that takes your fancy.

I wouldn't want the other servants

to think I was getting above myself.

No, I can't eat any of this.

Why don't I ask Mrs. Kent

to coddle you some eggs?

Are you sure you don't want

to tell me how you got those scars?

I'm sorry. I won't ask you again.

Leave the tray.

Would you ask Poole to organize

the removal of that to my cabinet?

Yes, sir.

I hope you haven't been making

a nuisance of yourself.

No, sir.

The doctor was just telling me he wants

his mirror moved to his cabinet.

Can you account for why the master chose

to issue these instructions through you?

No, except I told him I'd heard him

coming in late last night.

You did what?

You were in the master's bedroom

some considerable time.

What else did he say to you?

We talked about doing something

with the garden.

The garden?

It's gloomy out there.

We could plant out a flower bed or two.

Who's gonna do all this?

I would. I don't mind.

Not enough work for you?

I could do it on my afternoons off.

My last place in the...

We're familiar with your

reminiscences, Mrs. Kent.

The master used to send for one

of the housemaids every morning, 9:00...

...regular as clockwork.

In the end,

she fell in the family way...

...and was dismissed

without a reference.

I often wonder what become of her.

I expect now she entertains gentlemen

all hours of the day.


Yes, Mr. Poole?

Save your breath

to cool your porridge.

Yes, Mr. Poole.

What are you doing?

Mr. Poole doesn't allow me

in the theatre.

Does he not?

Mirror's in place.

Thank you.

Mary tells us you've been holding

a discussion about the garden.

Remind me what conclusion

we arrived at, Mary.

Flower beds there and at the corners.

And a herb garden here

by the kitchen.

The very thing.

Just what we need.

And would you gather the staff

in the dining room at about 6:00?

I have an announcement to make.

As I'm sure you're all aware...

...the pressure of my work

has increased of late.

Consequently, I have decided

to take on an assistant.

His name is Mr. Edward Hyde, and I

intend to give him the run of the house.

Of course, as a rule, he will come and

go by the side door of my laboratory.

But when he does have the occasion

to step over here...

...treat him with the same respect

that you've always shown toward me.

You may rely on it.

Will the gentleman be

taking his meals here?

Not as a rule, no.

There really is no cause for concern.

He is a quite remarkable young man.

He's a solitary one,

isn't he, the doctor?

He used to have dinner parties regular.

- Then he just stopped.

- Shame.

Oh, no. Best thing ever happened.

Think of the washing up.

And he's never had any sort of...

...a lady friend?

Never a woman stepped in the front door.

Not since I been here.

- Strange.

- Bradshaw says he goes to houses.


Bradshaw says he goes to houses.

What do you mean?

You know...



No, I can't believe that.

You best get off, if you're going.

I'll finish up here.



It was very good of you

to back me up about the garden.

Yes, I think I did rather well.

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Christopher Hampton

Christopher James Hampton, CBE, FRSL (born 26 January 1946) is a British playwright, screenwriter, translator and film director. He is best known for his play based on the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses and the film version Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and also more recently for writing the nominated screenplay for the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's Atonement. more…

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