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Doctor Faustus

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Richard Burton & Nevill Coghill

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About the Movie

Of the many films they made together, nowhere is the seductive power of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor better showcased than in this brilliant adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's classic play, Doctor Faustus. First dramatized in the 16th century, the legend of Doctor Faustus is the immortal tale of a German conjurer who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for a life of adventure and excitement. It has proved to be one of the richest legends of our time, inspiring countless plays and motion pictures. In fact, Burton, Taylor and Peter Ustinov filmed a modern adaptation just a few years after Doctor Faustus called Hammersmith is Out. In this classic version, Burton stars as the aging scholar who makes a deal with the devil for youth, knowledge and a dazzling mistress. But when Faustus begins to regret his decision, the devil's assistant, Mephistopheles, sends Taylor as the spellbinding seductress who seals Faustus' fate. This lasting achievement is distinguished by its visual beauty and the great performances of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 9
  • Fresh: 1
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 3.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Of an awfulness that bends the mind. – Renata Adler, New York Times, Mar 23, 2011

Rotten: Lots of grads bring their wives back to the old school and ham it up for home movies -- but this is ridiculous. – TIME Magazine, Mar 23, 2011

Rotten: The impersonation of the seven deadly sins is hardly likely to send good men off the rail. – Variety Staff, Variety, Mar 23, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Doctor Faustus

Worth seeing if only to hear/see Richard Burton speak Marlowe's poetry although not all because some of the dialogue is cut, as are the clown scenes.

Doctor Faustus
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1968

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