Dead Ringers is about identical twin gynecologists, both expertly played by Jeremy Irons, whose intense bond is fatally sliced when they both fall in love with the same internationally known actress (Genevieve Bujold).
The doctors are renowned, interchangeably taking on the same patients and making public appearances, with no one guessing who’s who. Yet one is outgoing, a smooth talker and a ladies man, and the other, more dependent and less sociable. Bujold chooses the shy twin, and from that point, disintegration of the twins bond and their careers sets in.
Director David Cronenberg handles his usual fondness for gore in muted style; a brief scene has the shy twin dreaming of biting apart the skin joining Siamese twins; and the final operation, though bloody, is not lingered over.