Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Directed byMaurice Phillips
Written byMartyn Hesford
Based onStrange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
1886 novella
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Produced byMurray Ferguson
CinematographyDaf Hobson
Edited byNick McPhee
Music byDavid Ferguson
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
2002 (UK)
  • October 18, 2003 (2003-10-18)
Running time
120 minutes[1]
96 minutes (shorter version)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget£750,000 (estimated)

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a British film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novella, directed by Maurice Phillips and starring John Hannah. Set in Victorian England, it was filmed in 2002 and released in Britain in that year. As the result of its release in the US in 2003, that date is sometimes attached to it.


Dr Henry Jekyll experiments with a serum on himself, with the result that he is transformed into an evil character who calls himself Edward Hyde. Jekyll does not see that Hyde is a version of himself and develops a multiple personality disorder. After murdering women, Hyde frames Jekyll, who wishes to give himself up to the police, but Hyde intervenes, knowing that if Jekyll is hanged, Hyde will die too. Jekyll then kills himself.


The film was produced by John Hannah for his company Clerkenwell Films.[2] It was filmed in Lithuania in 2002, and a number of Scottish actors gave the film a Scottish flavour. Originally intended for television, it was released on DVD in 2004.[3]



  1. ^ JEKYLL AND HYDE at clerkenwellfilms.com, accessed 20 June 2020
  2. ^ Richard Pine, Minor Mythologies as Popular Literature: A Student's Guide to Texts and Films (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018), p. 329
  3. ^ Jonathan Rigby, English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema (2004), p. 309