The Thing with Two Heads

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The Thing with Two Heads
Theatrical poster
Directed by Lee Frost
Produced by Wes Bishop
Jonathan Lawrence
Written by Lee Frost
Wes Bishop
James Gordon White
Starring Ray Milland
Roosevelt Grier
Don Marshall
Roger Perry
Kathy Baumann
Chelsea Brown
Music by Robert O. Ragland
Cinematography Jack Steely
Edited by Edward J. Forsyth
Distributed by AIP
Release dates
  • July 19, 1972 (1972-07-19)
Running time
90 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Thing with Two Heads is a 1972 film directed by Lee Frost and written by Wes Bishop. The film stars Rosey Grier, Ray Milland, Don Marshall, Roger Perry, Kathy Baumann, and Chelsea Brown.

Some early visual effects work from Rick Baker is also featured. Today, the movie is most notable for its soundtrack, produced by MGM Records producer Michael Viner with a rotating cast of studio musicians that he called the Incredible Bongo Band. The horn and percussion heavy instrumentals were used by some of the earliest rap and hiphop artists as the genre developed, and are still among the most popular samples used today.

Plot summary[edit]

Maxwell Kirshner (Ray Milland) is a dying wealthy racist who demands that his head be transplanted onto a healthy body. As his health rapidly deteriorates, there remains only one alternative: graft Kirshner's head onto the body of a black death row inmate named Jack Moss (Rosey Grier).


Popular culture[edit]

  • In The Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror XXIV," the plot of the "Dead and Shoulders" story borrows the premise from this film where Bart Simpson's head is grafted onto Lisa Simpson's body. It had previously been referenced at the end of "Treehouse of Horror II", in which Mr. Burns' head was grafted onto Homer Simpson's body at the end of the "If I Only Had a Brain" segment.

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