Dead Ringers (1988)

Two bodies. Two minds. One soul

Blu-ray, 1h 56min
Rating: 7.3
Votes: 38052
Languages: English
Country: Canada
Director: David Cronenberg
Music: Howard Shore

Plot outline

Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.

Personal notes



Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman. - Shannon Patrick Sullivan

The Mantle brothers are both doctors - both gynecologists - and identical twins. Mentally however, one of them is more confident than the other, and always manages to seduce the women he meets. When he's tired of his current partner, she is passed on to the other brother - without her knowing. Everything runs smoothly, until an actress visits their clinic, and the shy brother is the first to fall in love. Will they be able to 'share' her ? - Colin Tinto

Beverly and Elliot Mantle are identical twin brothers who work in a joint practice as award winning research and practicing gynecologists. They both have been fascinated with the female reproductive system since they were children. Despite being physically identical, they are extreme opposites in personality, Elliot being the extrovert, Beverly the introvert. As such, they live a symbiotic life, with one's strength being the other's weakness, both personally and professionally. The two brothers, under the guise of being Beverly alone, begin a sexual relationship with visiting actress Claire Niveau, who comes to see Beverly professionally about a physical abnormality which may prevent her from being able to conceive. Claire is unaware that Beverly has a twin brother let alone that she has had sex with him. When Claire finds out, she is initially disgusted but continues to have a relationship solely with Beverly. Beverly's growing obsession with Claire and her physical abnormality ultimately shows how symbiotic and intertwined the brothers' live are and the fact that one can't live without the other. - Huggo

Identical twin brothers Beverly and Elliot Mantle share a great many things in life. From a young age they've shared the same interests and now as adults, they're both gynecologists specializing in female infertility. They share an apartment as well but personality-wise, Elliot is far more confident than Beverly. Elliot is also quite the ladies man and usually passes his women on to Beverly. They're both seeing Claire Niveau who realizes the differences between the two - she knows only of Beverly - but can can't quite explain the differences in personality. When a friend tells her about them being twins, the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place. For Elliot, Claire is just another plaything but Beverly has developed genuine feelings for her and he begins a downward spiral leading to tragedy. - garykmcd

The twin brothers Beverly and Elliot Mantle are close to each other since they were kids. They are bright students at the medical school were they undergraduate in gynecology. They work in their clinic Mantle Inc. where Beverly is shy and hard worker and Elliot is eloquent, cynical and daring. When the actress Claire Niveau comes to their clinic for a fertilization treatment, Elliot seduces her and they have one night stand. Elliot offers Claire to Beverly and soon he falls in love with her. Claire is addicted in pills and Beverly becomes also addicted. When Claire accidentally discovers that Beverly has an identical twin brother, she finds the truth about her initial affair with Elliot and breaks up with Beverly. He becomes depressed and uses more pills reaching the rock bottom. Elliot decides to use pills to "synchronize" with his brother leading the Mantle's brothers to a tragic end. - Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil