Dead Ringers


(out of 5)

The best example of David Cronenberg’s combination of kinky visual style and psychological exploration is this fascinating drama based on Bari Wood’s fact-based novel Twins (which was the film’s original title until producers heard about the upcoming Danny DeVito/Arnold Schwarzenegger project). Two identical twin brothers (both played to creepy perfection by ) have grown up in a totally private world and now share a home and business as gynecologists. Their dangerously intimate existence threatens to tear right apart when they both fall in love with a patient () with an odd uteran deformity. The drama progresses as the less confident of the two brothers becomes obsessed to the point of endangering his career and his life. Irons’ beautifully realized performances, assisted by some seamless computer-controlled matte photography, make for captivating entertainment in this very disturbing film. It features an otherworldly look to the photography and set design that you won’t be able to shake for days.

Canada/USA, 1988

Directed by

Screenplay by David Cronenberg, , based on the book Twins by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by , David Cronenberg

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection

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New York Film Critics Award
Best Actor (Jeremy Irons)

Best Film

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards
Best Supporting Actress (Genevieve Bujold)
Best Director (David Cronenberg)

Best Picture

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Screenplay (David Cronenberg, Norman Snider)

Canadian Screen Awards (Genie Awards)
Best Motion Picture
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Jeremy Irons)
Best Achievement in Direction (David Cronenberg)
Best Screenplay, Adapted
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Best Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design
Best Achievement in Overall Sound
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Best Original Song (tie)
Best Music Score

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Genevieve Bujold)
Best Achievement in Costume Design



One thought on “Dead Ringers

  1. This is another excellent demonstration of Cronenberg’s abilities. The subtlety of Irons’ performance as the twins is brilliant and is what I would consider to be the best performance of his career, in fact. I agree, Dead Ringers is a film the viewer is not likely to shake off quickly.

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