The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977 film)

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) is the second movie version of the H. G. Wells science fiction novel about a scientist who attempts to convert animals into people, starring Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Barbara Carrera, and Richard Basehart. Lancaster perfectly matches Wells' description of Moreau's physical appearance, unlike the other two actors to play the role on screen, Charles Laughton in 1933's Island of Lost Souls and Marlon Brando in 1996's The Island of Dr. Moreau. This movie was filmed in Saint Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands.


Andrew Braddock is a shipwreck victim from the "Lady Vain", having also been a member of it's crew. After many days at sea, he and one other survivor arrive, unknowingly, upon the island of Dr. Moreau. At first an "honoured guest" (prisoner) on that island, Braddock finds his contacts with the natives increasingly disturbing, for they are not like any men he has ever seen. Eventually, it transpires that these "men" are in fact experimental reconstructions from wild animals made by a particularly sinister scientist, Dr. Moreau. He feels that he is in danger from the animal/men and from Dr. Moreau himself and does not know where to turn.

Main cast

Actor Role
Burt Lancaster Dr. Paul Moreau
Michael York Andrew Braddock
Nigel Davenport Dr. Montgomery
Barbara Carrera Maria
Richard Basehart Sayer of the Law
Nick Cravat M'Ling
Fumio Demura Hyenaman

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