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The Island of Dr. Moreau is a 1977 film adaptation of the novel The Island of Doctor Moreau. It stars Burt Lancaster as Moreau, Michael York as Andrew Braddock, Nigel Davenport as Montgomery, and Barbara Carrera as Maria.


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  • Adaptation Name Change: Edward Prendick is named "Andrew Braddock".
  • Artificial Animal People: Though the film is set in the period when the book was written, it updates the methods Moreau uses to create his animal-people, replacing the surgical method of the original novel with a combination of surgery and gene therapy. Moreau also attempts to change Braddock into an animal in a reversal of his usual methods, which results in yet another Beast Man.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Moreau attempts to animalise Braddock as a reverse form of his experiments.
  • Cat Girl: Maria.
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  • Does Not Like Shoes: Maria, for the most part.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Moreau.
  • Genetic Engineering is the New Nuke: Replacing the surgical method of the original novel. A fairly early film to use genetic engineering and cell cultures.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The rampaging animal-men are largely killed in the climax by the fire they started and wild animals they unleashed attacking them.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: The monstrous animal creatures created by Doctor Moreau are depicted as sympathetic victims of Moreau's cruelty (albeit in many cases with beastly savage behavior, but due to instincts and no malice) showing Moreau as the real monster instead.
  • Little Bit Beastly: The cat girl's nature is only subtly hinted at until she de-evolves at the end.
  • Mad Scientist: Moreau.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Maria.
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  • Mercy Kill: One of the animal-men, a bull-man, begs Braddock to kill him so he doesn't have to suffer in the House of Pain. Braddock complies.
  • Token Good Teammate: Mi'ling and the servant women are all beast folk, but never turn on the humans, and aid in their escape.
  • Tropical Island Adventure
  • Turned Against Their Masters: The animal creatures created by Doctor Moreau and kept under submission by means of fear and torture rise against him at the end.

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