Mary Reilly (film)

  • Julia Roberts: Mary Reilly
  • John Malkovich: Dr. Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde
  • George Cole: The butler, Mr. Poole
  • Michael Gambon: Mary's father
  • Glenn Close: Mrs. Farraday
  • Michael Sheen: Bradshaw

Mary Reilly is an American feature film from the year 1996. Was directed by Stephen Frears, screenplay by Christopher Hampton based on the novel " The House of Dr. Jekyll " by Valerie Martin, the famous novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson varied. The main roles were played by Julia Roberts and John Malkovich.


Mary Reilly is a maid for Dr. Jekyll. First, she looks at him in awe, but then slowly develops a friendship between the two. One day appeared, the new assistant to the doctor, Edward Hyde, on. Mary is fascinated by him. Is visible only when that Hyde knows a secret that Mary confided to the doctor, his true identity is revealed. Finally Hyde redeemed himself and the doctor by the antidote injected in an elevated dosage and both die.


Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun - Times of 23 February 1996, the film would be more to the spirit of the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson as the previous films correspond, because it would put less on special effects. Instead, the character of Mary Reilly with their zwiespaltigen feelings about Jekyll / Hyde would be worked out.


The director Stephen Frears was nominated for the Golden Bear Film Award.


The production cost of the film amounted to approximately 40 million U.S. dollars, of which 8 million U.S. dollars for the fee of Julia Roberts. With domestic box office receipts in the United States of about 6 million U.S. dollars, the film is not considered to be economically successful.