Dead Ringers is a 1988 Canadian-American psychological thriller film starring Jeremy Irons in a dual role as identical twin gynecologists. David Cronenberg directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Norman Snider. Their script was based on the lives of Stewart and Cyril Marcus and on the novel Twins by Bari Wood and Jack Geasland, a "highly fictionalized" version of the Marcus' story.
Elliot and Beverly Mantle are twins and gynecologists who jointly operate a highly successful clinical practice in Toronto that specializes in the treatment of female fertility problems. Elliot, the more confident and cynical of the two, seduces women who come to the Mantle Clinic. When he tires of them, the women are passed on to the shy and passive Beverly, while the women remain unaware of the substitution.
|author||Bari Wood David Cronenberg Norman Snider|
|award||Genie Award for Best Screenplay Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor|
|genre||drama horror thriller|
|keywords||abuse of prescription drugs cervix clinical depression delusion drug drug abuse drug withdrawal gas mask gynecologist gynecology horrify kill metallurgical metallurgy morning operating room pay phone prescription drug abuse siamese twins stimulant psychosis twin|
|producer||David Cronenberg Marc Boyman|
|productionCompany||Morgan Creek Productions Telefilm Canada|
|publisher||20th Century Fox|
|theme||body horror psychological drama psychological horror psychological thriller sexuality|