The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
4.2/ 10 (18950 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, horror and gore involving mutant creatures

Production Company
New Line Cinema [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(Canada) - 23 August 1996
(USA) - 23 August 1996
(Spain) - 4 October 1996
(Argentina) - 10 October 1996
(Brazil) - 18 October 1996

Running Time
USA:99 (director's cut)

Through DNA experimentation Dr. Moreau has upset the balance of nature. By turning animals into humans, he's turned heaven into hell. On a remote ISLAND in the South Pacific, the balance OF nature has been upset by the experiments of DR. MOREAU... with the key of science he's unlocked the gates of hell. The gates of hell are unlocked.

animal-experimentation, based-on-novel, betrayal, bitten-in-the-neck, blindness, blood-spatter, bomb, box-office-flop, burnt-body, cat-woman, character-name-in-title, chase, control, corpse, creature, critically-bashed, cult-film, death, death-of-title-character, deceit, deformity, disembowelment, eaten-alive, experiment, experiment-gone-wrong,

Technical Support
CAM:Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses
LAB:Consolidated Film Industries (CFI), Hollywood (CA), USA
LAB:DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA - (prints)
MET:2844 m
OFM:35 mm - (Eastman EXR 200T 5293, EXR 500T 5298)
PCS:Super 35
PFM:35 mm - (anamorphic)
RAT:2.35 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Brando, Marlon as [Dr. Moreau] <1>
  2. Dacascos, Mark as [Lo-Mai] <9>
  3. de la Rosa, Nelson as [Majai] <7>
  4. Elliott, Peter (II) as [Assassimon] <8>
  5. Hofschneider, Marco as [M'Ling] <11>
  6. Hootkins, William as [Kiril] <18>
  7. Horvath, Lou as [Soldier #2] <21>
  8. Hudson, David (I) as [Bison Man] <14>
  9. Kilmer, Val as [Montgomery] <2>
  10. López, Miguel (I) as [Waggdi] <12>
  11. Morrison, Temuera as [Azazello] <6>
  12. Perlman, Ron as [Sayer of the Law] <10>
  13. Rigney, Daniel as [Hyena-Swine] <5>
  14. Soedjarwo, Agoes Widjaya as (as Agoes Soedjarwo) [Captain] <19>
  15. Stanley, Richard (I) as (uncredited) [Melting bulldog]
  16. Thewlis, David as [Edward Douglas] <3>
  17. Vreeken, Ron as [Soldier #1] <20>
  18. Young, Neil (II) as [Boar Man] <13>
  19. Balk, Fairuza as [Aissa] <4>
  20. Grant, Clare (I) as [Fox Lady] <15>
  21. Mahl, Fiona as [Sow Lady #2] <17>
  22. Silver, Kitty as [Sow Lady #1] <16>


  1. Action
  2. Horror
  3. Sci-Fi
  4. Thriller

Full Plot

This remake of the 1977 film stars Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, and Dragonheart's David Thewlis. Set in the year 2010, Dr. Moreau (Brando) has successfully combined human and animal DNA to make a crossbreed animal. Well, as usual, something goes wrong and David Thewlis must try to stop it before it is too late. Originally rated R, but cut by Frankenheimer to allow "a wider audience". Kale Whorton Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 234,343 (France) (28 January 1997) AD: 42,456 (Germany) (17 November 1996) AD: 3,637 (Netherlands) (1 January 1998) AD: 40,230 (Portugal) (1 May 1997) AD: 24,920 (Portugal) (24 April 1997) AD: 332,983 (Spain) BT: USD 40,000,000 CP: New Line Productions, Inc., 1996 GR: USD 27,663,982 (USA) (3 November 1996) GR: USD 27,550,926 (USA) (27 October 1996) GR: USD 27,285,891 (USA) (20 October 1996) GR: USD 26,936,076 (USA) (13 October 1996) GR: USD 26,821,979 (USA) (6 October 1996) GR: USD 26,513,445 (USA) (29 September 1996) GR: USD 25,846,420 (USA) (22 September 1996) GR: USD 24,749,985 (USA) (15 September 1996) GR: USD 22,489,133 (USA) (8 September 1996) GR: USD 18,610,650 (USA) (1 September 1996) GR: USD 9,101,987 (USA) (25 August 1996) GR: USD 1,247,156 (UK) (1996) GR: USD 42,000,000 (Worldwide) GR: USD 14,300,000 (Worldwide) (except USA) GR: ARS 77,035 (Argentina) (1996) GR: AUD 995,545 (Australia) (31 October 1996) GR: USD 576,548 (Germany) (1996) GR: JPY 338,920,000 (Japan) (24 November 1996) GR: JPY 295,581,200 (Japan) (17 November 1996) GR: MXN 9,682,132 (Mexico) (1996) GR: USD 1,569,902 (Spain) (1996) GR: ESP 180,479,920 (Spain) OW: USD 9,101,987 (USA) (25 August 1996) (2,035 screens) SD: 1 August 1995 - 6 December 1995

Movie Certificate

13 (Argentina)
14 (Peru)
16 (Iceland)
PG-13 (USA)(certificate #34098)
15 (South Korea)
PG-13 (Philippines)
M (Australia)
KT (Belgium)
12 (Brazil)
K-16 (Finland)
16 (Germany)(w)
16 (Netherlands)
15 (Norway)
M/12 (Portugal)
13 (Spain)
12 (UK)
Unrated (USA)(director's cut)

Music Composers

  1. Chang, Gary


  1. Fraker, William A.

Dress Designers

  1. Moriceau, Norma


Asso Film - (video)
Audio Visual Enterprises [gr] - (1997) (Greece) (VHS)
Constantin Film [de] - (1996) (Germany) (theatrical)
Filmes Lusomundo [pt] - (1997) (Portugal) (theatrical)
Front Row Filmed Entertainment [ae] - (2007) (United Arab Emirates) (DVD) (Middle East)
Gativideo [ar] - (1997) (Argentina) (VHS)
Lider Films [ar] - (1996) (Argentina) (theatrical)
Líder Films [es] - (1996) (Spain) (theatrical)
New Line Cinema [us] - (1996) (USA) (theatrical)
New Line Home Video [us] - (1997) (USA) (DVD) (VHS)
Prooptiki [gr] - (1996) (Greece) (VHS)
RCV Film Distribution [be] - (1997) (Belgium) (theatrical)
RCV Film Distribution [lu] - (1997) (Luxembourg) (theatrical)
RCV Film Distribution [nl] - (1997) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
RCV Home Entertainment [nl] - (1997) (Netherlands) (VHS)
RCV Home Entertainment [nl] - (2002) (Netherlands) (DVD)
RCV Home Entertainment [nl] - (2006) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Sandrew Metronome Distribution [fi] - (2006) (Finland) (DVD) (cropped to 1.33:1)
VCL Communications [de] - (199?) (Germany) (VHS)
Warner Bros. Finland [fi] - (1996) (Finland) (theatrical)
Warner Home Video [fi] - (1997) (Finland) (VHS)
Yleisradio (YLE) [fi] - (2000) (2002) (Finland) (TV)

Film Editors

  1. Noble, Thom (uncredited)
  2. Rubell, Paul
  3. Scott, Adam P.


  1. Adams, Julie (II) (dialect coach) (uncredited)
  2. Alexander, Julia (I) (production coordinator: additional photography) (uncredited)
  3. Baer, Rick (II) (assistant accountant)
  4. Boyd, Murray (location manager)
  5. Callahan, Michelle (I) (assistant: Edward R. Pressman) (uncredited)
  6. Cobb, Thomas (II) (title designer)
  7. Cooper, Kyle (I) (title designer)
  8. Coopwood, Jeff (adr voice) (uncredited)
  9. Dade, Danny (boat wrangler)
  10. Dudevoir, Leon (production executive)
  11. Eisenstadt, Karen (production accountant)
  12. Elliott, Peter (II) (animal expert)
  13. Fabbri-Jackson, Sophie (script supervisor)
  14. Fetzer, Kerry (caterer)
  15. Fong, Karin (title designer)
  16. Freeman, Diana (production assistant)
  17. Hayne, Jacinta (production coordinator: second unit)
  18. Kolokotas, Dina (assistant to cast)
  19. Lazarus, Mark (II) (production secretary)
  20. MacKay, Sue (production coordinator) (as Sue Mackay)
  21. McMillan, Brian (I) (animal trainer)
  22. Miller, Randy (III) (animal trainer: wild animals)
  23. Miller, Stephan (I) (animal trainer: wild animals)
  24. Mokhtar, Reza (catering assistant)
  25. Munro, Arwen (production assistant)
  26. Petrie, Tim (split operator: second unit)
  27. Robertson, Jacquie (unit nurse)
  28. Threadgold, Robert (production accountant)
  29. Zachary, Ted (executive)


Hyena-Swine: There is no pain, there is no law! Edward Douglas: Are you a doctor? Montgomery: Well, I'm more of a vet. [On why Dr. Moreau left the U.S] Montgomery: Animal rights activists drove him out of the States. Got so bad you couldn't cage a rat without reading him his rights. Dr. Moreau: I have seen the devil in my microscope, and I have chained him. Dr. Moreau: Permit me Mr.Douglas, to tell you something of the Devil as I've come to know him. The Devil is that element in human nature, that impels us to destroy and debase. Edward Douglas: And what are you about upon this island but destruction and debasement. Dr. Moreau: Oh well, I can tell you very plainly... [Majai interrupts by putting his foot on the dinner table to which Dr.Moreau reacts] No please, don't do that. [Majai removes foot from table] For 17 years I have been striving to create a... some measure of refinement in the human species you see. And it is here, on this very island, that I sir, have found the very essence of the Devil. Edward Douglas: What do you mean? Dr. Moreau: I've seen the Devil, in my microscope and I have chained him, and I suppose you could say in a sense metaphorically speaking, I have cut him to pieces. The Devil, Mr.Douglas, I've found is nothing more than a tiresome collection of genes, and it is with great assurance that I can tell you, that Lucifer, Son of Morning is no more. [When Edward Douglas attempts to radio for help] Montgomery: What are you going to say? "Mayday. Mayday. I'm being held by a pig lady." Sayer of the Law: To go on two legs is very hard. Perhaps four is better, anyway. Sayer of the Law: It is a hard way, the way of being a man. Sooner or later we all want a thing that is bad. To walk on all fours. To suck up drink from a stream. To jabber, instead of saying the words. To go snuffling at the earth, and to claw on the bark of trees. To eat flesh, or fish. To make love to more than one, every which way. These are all bad things. These are not the things that men do. But we are men, are we not? We are men because the Father has made us men! Dr. Moreau: I understand that I must be shocking to you, however, I must also point out that I have an allergy to the sun and that's why I put this medication on. [Dr.Moreau explaining why he covers himself in white powder] Dr. Moreau: I have almost achieved perfection you see, of a divine creature that is pure, harmonious, absolutely incapable of any malice. And if in my tinkering I have fallen short of the human form by the snout, claw or hoof, it really is of no great importance. I am closer that you could possibly imagine sir. Dr. Moreau: [Aissa walks behind Dr.Moreau and massages his shoulders] Ah God yes, oh yes God, oh please, forcefully, forcefully [Aissa puts more force into it and causes pain on Dr.Moreau] Oh... oh no, oh my God [Dr.Moreau clears his throat, coughs and removes Aissa's hands from his shoulders] Not so strong, you have no idea how strong you can be. You must be very, very careful. Dr. Moreau: Do you hear Lo-Mai?... Do you hear? [Upon hearing the accusation in Lo-Mai's trial] Hyena-Swine: Tell me, why you make the pain, if we are your children. Montgomery: Well, things didn't work out. Moreau wanted to turn animals into humans and humans into gods. But it's instinct and reason, instinct and reason. What's reason to a dog? Azazello: To hunt. To kill, master. To run with the pack. Montgomery: I wanna go to Dog Heaven! [Azazello shoots Montgomery] Hyena-Swine: Five-man... please... tell them... that I am God. Hmm? [Hyena-Swine presses a button on Moreau's remote, causing many Beast People to collapse in pain] Edward Douglas: You're right. You are... a god. Sayer of the Law: No! Hyena-Swine: Again. Edward Douglas: You are a god. You're all gods. Hyena-Swine: Tell them to obey me like they did the Father. Edward Douglas: You all killed the Father. You all ate his flesh. So who is the new Father? Who is God Number One? Who should they obey? Him? Or him? [indicating other members of Hyena-Swine's pack] You see, there must be a God Number One. [the Hyena-Swine roars in Douglas's face, then rears up and opens fire on his pack members] Edward Douglas: [closing narration] This is a true record of what I saw. I set it down only leaving out the longitude and latitude of the island, as a warning to all who would follow in Moreau's footsteps. Most times, I keep the memory far in the back of my mind, a distant cloud. But there are times when the little cloud spreads, until it obscures the sky. And those times I look around at my fellow men and I am reminded of some likeness of the beast-people, and I feel as though the animal is surging up in them. And I know they are neither wholly animal nor wholly man, but an unstable combination of both. As unstable as anything Moreau created. And I go... in fear. Hyena-Swine: Tell them that I am the Law. Sayer of the Law: Do not believe him! He is not the Law!

Other Titles

  1. D.N.A. - Experiment des Wahnsinns (1996) (ENG)

  2. D.N.A. - Experiment des Wahnsinns (1996) (ENG)

  3. DNA - Die Insel des Dr. Moreau (1996) (ENG)

  4. L'isola perduta (1997) (ENG)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Australia
  2. Queensland, Australia


- 'Marlon Brando' (qv) wore a small radio receiver to aid him remembering his lines. Co-star 'David Thewlis' (qv) claimed "He'd be in the middle of a scene and suddenly he'd be picking up police messages and Marlon would repeat, 'There's a robbery at Woolworths'."

- 'David Thewlis' (qv) has vowed never to watch the finished product of the film, it was such a negative experience making it. He skipped its opening premeire.

- 'John Frankenheimer' (qv) was tapped to take over as director by New Line Cinema after 'Richard Stanley (I)' (qv) was fired after four days of shooting.

- After being fired by the studio, original director 'Richard Stanley (I)' (qv) was rumored to have prevailed upon the makeup crew to turn him into one of the background mutants, so that he could at least keep tabs on the making of his dream project. He supposedly did not unmask himself until the wrap party.

- 'Barbara Steele' (qv) originally had a small role as Dr. Moreau's ex-wife. The character was written out of 'John Frankenheimer' (qv)'s version of the script.

- 'Val Kilmer' (qv) was originally cast as the film's lead but wanted his commitment to the project reduced after being served divorce