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Burke & Hare. Image shows from L to R: William Burke (Simon Pegg), William Hare (Andy Serkis). Copyright: Fragile Films.

Burke & Hare

Burke & Hare. Image shows from L to R: William Burke (Simon Pegg), William Hare (Andy Serkis). Copyright: Fragile Films.

Burke & Hare

Comedy about legendary 19th Century graverobbers Burke and Hare, providing corpses to Edinburgh's medical men

Genre
Film
Released
2010
Starring
Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Isla Fisher, Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Hynes, Bill Bailey, Hugh Bonneville, Allan Corduner and others
Writers
Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft
Director
John Landis
Producers
Barnaby Thompson, Alexandra Ferguson, Nigel Green, James Spring, Tim Smith, Paul Brett, Peter Nichols, James Atherton and Jan Pace

It is the early 19th Century and, with a world-renowned reputation as a centre of medical excellence, Edinburgh's educational establishments are running short of corpses to dissect.

Hard-up Irish couple William and Lucky Hare, and fellow countryman and friend William Burke, stumble across a useful source of income when one of their tenants dies suddenly: having failed to dispose of the body by other means, they discover the medical community's need for fresh corpses - and so begins a search for more cadavers.

Initially attempting grave-robbery, after another tenant falls gravely ill the pair soon take matters into their own hands...

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