Burke and Hare

Factual error: The Lyceum Theatre, referenced in the film, did not exist in 1828 as it was not built until 1834.

THGhost

Factual error: Two hangings are shown in the film, in the style of a "long drop" designed to break the neck and cause instant death. This style was first introduced in the 1870's by William Marwood as a more humane approach. Before then, and certainly in 1828-1829 when the film was set, the victim was simply suspended by a rope around the neck, and choked to death by suffocation.

THGhost

Factual error: On the opening shot of Edinburgh Castle, you can see the spire of The Hub to the left of the screen. The film takes place in 1828 but The Hub was not built until 1845.

THGhost

More mistakes in Burke and Hare


Trivia: William Burke did not confess to the crimes in order to save his friends and love. He was actually betrayed by William Hare who sold him out after they were caught.

LizzieWD

William Burke: I had confidence in a fart once, and I shat all over myself.

Doctor Monro: And your new students, are they enjoying your lectures?
Doctor Robert Knox: Er, not as much as I understand they're enjoying your wife, sir.


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