Honored with 17 Awards!
The familiar tellings we have come to know as Jekyll and Hyde very rarely, if at all, do justice to the original story. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is not a horror or monster story, but more of a psychological crime drama — a cautionary tale about the evil within each of us and what would happen if we confronted our own duality … the good and evil within.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is really just as much the story of Gabriel John Utterson, a lawyer and good friend of Dr. Henry Jekyll. More importantly, Utterson is a Victorian Gentleman, who is guided by a chivalric-like code to remain loyal to his friends and maintain his status in society.
It is loyalty that drives Utterson to play detective in an effort to protect Jekyll from the malicious and scheming Mr. Hyde. Eventually, Utterson finds himself introduced to a world that he is neither ready to enter nor accept.
The story takes place in Victorian-era England, toward the end of the Industrial Revolution. Utterson, a lawyer, and true Victorian Gentleman, discovers that his long-time friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, has become involved with a mysterious and dangerous man named Edward Hyde. Jekyll is a tall, handsome man with a very high social status, which he is expected to maintain. Hyde is a complete opposite, short and vulgar, with an unidentifiable deformity.
Utterson knows that in Jekyll’s youth, he was a bit wild and may have a few skeletons hiding in his closet. Therefore, he suspects that Mr. Hyde must be blackmailing Jekyll as the result of some long-past wrong doing. Utterson worries deeply that if the secret were to come to surface, Jekyll’s reputation would be at stake.
However, there is much more at risk then Utterson realizes. Jekyll begins to grow sickly and becomes reclusive. Another friend, experiences an “unknown” shock at Jekyll’s hands, ultimately resulting in his death. And then there’s the murder …
Hyde becomes a criminal on the run with an unknown hold over Jekyll, who will apparently do just about anything to help Hyde. Utterson continues to delve deeper into the dark and dangerous world of Edward Hyde and comes to realize that his friend, Henry Jekyll, is hiding a deep and dark secret.
The truth reveals an abomination of science and nature. Utterson is given a final choice. He must choose his life as a lawyer and the laws of England, or he will choose the life of a friend and Victorian gentleman, willing to sacrifice anything to save his friend’s reputation.
Cast & Crew
B. Luciano Barsuglia
Based on the Novella by
Robert Louis Stevenson
Shaun Piccinino | Dr. Henry Jekyll
Gianni Capaldi | Mr. Edward Hyde
David Beatty | Gabriel Utterson
Jed Rowen | Dr. Hastie Lanyon
Vernon Wells | Mr. Richard Enfield
William McNamara | Mr. Bradshaw
Nick McCallum | Mr. Palmer
Elissa Dowling | Maude
Randal Malone | Mr. Poole
Margaret O’Brien | Ms. Stevenson
Mickey Rooney | Mr. Louis
Zan Alda | Inspector Newcomen
Daron McFarland | Mr. Guest
Scott J. Miller | Sir Danvers Carew
Hans Hernke | Mr. Field
Sierra Barsuglia | Mary
Jacob Kehm | Tristan
Mario Melchiot | Mr. Masterson
Charlene Rooney | Ms. Palmer
Amanda Fitz | Lucy
Jeff Bower | Ernest Abbott
Michael Beardsley | Lord Nathaniel Lawrence
Danielle Smith | Vera
Jeff Parsons | Elgin
Jamie Bohannon | Coraline
Joseph Pozo | Pub Patron
Ethan Bradfield | Pub Patron
Kelly Renee Miller | Regina
Martin Mikolajczyk | Mr. Scutter
Diane Baldwin | Gillian
Ana Harrison | Victoria
Brad Young | Winston
Rachel George | Annabelle
B. Luciano Barsuglia
Geoffrey J. Seaman
Scott J. Miller
Wendy V. Collins
Phillip H. Horn
Allison R Sawyer
James Magnum Cook
D. Brian Anderson
Karla K. McNeese
David S Hagemann
Erick Von Schulz
William R. Coughlin, Jr.
Make-Up & Creature Design
Additional Camera Operator
Robert E. Aquato
Scott J. Miller
Cy and Shirley Weagle
Double/Stand-In for Mr. Rooney
Stand-In for Ms. O’Brien
Scott J. Miller
Publicity & Promotions
Interceptor Security, LLC
2nd Unit Director (Glasgow)
Tobias M. Gerber
Rickey Bird, Jr.
Cy and Shirley Weagle
Old World Village
The official trailer.
17 Awards in total!
The Southern California Motion Picture Council bestowed to honors on the movie. They are:
- President's Award for Direction - Brian Barsuglia
- President's Award for Acting - Jed Rowen
12/28/16: Official Selection:
The Educator's Edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
It includes the complete movie, the "making of" the movie, the companion study guide for the novella, and an annotated screenplay explaining how any changes we made remain true to the spirit of the story.
One of the primary goals from its inception was the idea of creating of Jekyll and Hyde that could actually be teachable and serve as a companion piece to the novella in the classroom. Hence our goal to create a "true-to-text" adaptation.
Did we take some creative liberties, sure, but only in areas where we truly believed they were implied in Stevenson's original work. There is much that is left out and implied about the private lives of Jekyll and Hyde, so we expanded on and explained some of the areas of debauchery in ways that could both be explained through the Victorian mindset and the original text.
Of course, when it is done, the movie will be made available here.
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The Annotated Screenplay
The shooting script for our movie will soon be available. In the annotations, we explain in detail how every scene fits in with the original story. BUY IN OUR STORE! Coming soon to Amazon on Kindle and Paperback
Making a Monster: The Story Behind Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde can be watched on our website and it is also available on most DVD or BluRay versions of the movie.
This "making of" documentary chronicles the long process of production for "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." The multi-award winning independent movie features Oscar winners Mickey Rooney (in his final role) and Margaret O'Brien. It stars Gianni Capaldi, Shaun Piccinino, David Beatty, William McNamara, Vernon Wells, Randal Malone, Jed Rowen, Elissa Dowling and others. This behind the scenes documentary also shows make-up artist Nick Reisinger in action
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- Oscar Winner Mickey Rooney in his final film.
- Oscar Winner Margaret O'Brien.
- Action star Vernon Wells (Commando, The Road Warrior).
- Hollywood veteran William McNamara (Copycat).
- Rising Star Gianni Capaldi (The Wicked Within)
- Action up-and-comer Shaun Piccinino (Call of Duty)
- Renowned makeup artist Nick Resinger.
- True-to-Text timeless story.
- Family friendly.
- Worldwide audience.
- Worldwide educational audience.
- Shot in 4K.
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