Mesmer (film)

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Directed byRoger Spottiswoode
Produced byRobert Goodale
Written byDennis Potter
StarringAlan Rickman
Donal Donnelly
Amanda Ooms
Simon McBurney
Music byMichael Nyman
CinematographyElemér Ragályi
Edited bySusan Shipton
Distributed byFirst Look Studios
Cineplex Odeon Films (Canada)
Release date
August 25, 1994
Running time
107 min.
CountryAustria, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany

Mesmer is a 1994 Austrian-Canadian-British-German biographical film directed by Roger Spottiswoode from a script by Dennis Potter. It stars Alan Rickman as Franz Anton Mesmer and depicts his radical new ways as a pioneering physician.


In 18th century Vienna, Franz Anton Mesmer believes he is able to heal patients by drawing out something unique from inside his patients. However, the only ones who seem to have improvements are the young ladies he helps. His controversial methods and their consequences lead him to leave Vienna and head to Paris. However, once there, he takes advantage of his unique methods to provide entertainment, which he is censured for by other doctors.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
Alan Rickman Franz Anton Mesmer
Amanda Ooms Maria Theresa Paradies
Donal Donnelly Doctor
David Burke Doctor
David Hemblen Dr. Ingehousz
Simon McBurney Franz
Gillian Barge Frau Mesmer
Peter Dvorsky Dr. Deslon
Anna Thalbach Francisca
Flóra Kádár


The movie was released on videocassette by First Look and in Canada in 1994 by Cineplex Odeon and MCA. In 2000, the movie was released on DVD by Image Entertainment, but has been discontinued since. As of January 3, 2010, there have been no plans made to release a new DVD.

This movie was shot in Vienna, Austria with the interior shots filmed at Esterházy Palace in Fertõd, Hungary.

Mesmer was released in August 1994 in Canada, at the Montréal World Film Festival.


Franz Anton Mesmer: (with sarcasm) Professor Doctor Stoerk, can I help you at all? I deal with most derangements, sir.


Award Year Result Award Recipient
Montréal World Film Festival 1994 Won Best Actor Alan Rickman

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