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Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Produced by Robert Goodale
Written by Dennis Potter
Starring Alan Rickman
Donal Donnelly
Amanda Ooms
Simon McBurney
Music by Michael Nyman
Cinematography Elemér Ragályi
Editing by Susan Shipton
Release date(s) August 25, 1994
Running time 107 min.
Country Austria, Canada, UK, Germany
Language English
Budget ~£5,600,000



Mesmer (1994), starring Alan Rickman (Mesmer) depicts the life of Franz Anton Mesmer and his radical new ways as a pioneering physician. Taking place in 18th century Vienna, Mesmer believes he is able to heal patients by drawing something unique inside of his patients, out. However, the only ones who seem to have any change 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 an entertainment aspect, and is called on this from other doctors.

Main Cast

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

Movie Extras

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 of 1994 in Canada, at the Montréal World Film Festival.

Movie Quotes

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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