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The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)
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 1932'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. Crewman Andrew Braddock (York) survives the wreck of the sailing ship The Lady Vain. After several days at sea in a lifeboat, he reaches the shores of an island governed by the mysterious scientist "Dr. Moreau" (Lancaster). Besides Moreau, the inhabitants of the island include Moreau's associate, Dr. Montgomery (Davenport); his deformed servant, M'Ling (Cravat); and a lovely young woman named Maria (Carrera). Though welcomed as an honored guest by Moreau, Braddock finds his contacts with the natives increasingly disturbing, for they are not like any men he has ever seen.