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Bay and Elizabeth

Dead Ringers (1988)
Exterior Mantle Clinic
Bay and Elizabeth

Although it was released during a record-breaking year for filmmaking in Ontario, Dead Ringers is unique in that it makes no effort to disguise Toronto as a generic American city. Interestingly, the book which inspired the film, Twins, by Bari Wood and Jack Geasland, is set in New York City; however, Cronenberg and producer Marc Boyman (both Canadians) wanted to shoot Toronto as Toronto. It is ironic, however, that while the opening title reads “Toronto, Canada 1954,” some of the most familiar backdrops—the University of Toronto and Mississauga Civic Centre, for example—are substitutes for American locations (an American Ivy League school and Washington D.C., respectively). It is only in the final minutes of the film that audiences get a full view of Toronto, when Beverly (Jeremy Irons) exits the now ruined Mantle Clinic. He calls Claire Niveau (Geneviève Bujold) on a payphone in Trinity Square, with Trinity Holy Church in the background.

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Toronto's Trinity Square served as the exterior of the Mantle Clinic in Dead Ringers. The exterior of the Mantle Clinic from Dead Ringers.

Dead Ringers, 1988
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Beverly Mantle (Jeremy Irons) in Toronto's Trinity Square as seen in Dead Ringers. Beverly Mantle (Jeremy Irons) calls Claire Niveau (Geneviève Bujold) from a payphone in this scene from Dead Ringers.

Dead Ringers, 1988
Courtesy of Morgan Creek
A contemporary image of Toronto's Trinity Square, a location used in Dead Ringers. The Church of the Holy Trinity, seen here in this present-day photo, is located outside the Mantle Clinic in Dead Ringers.

Photographer: Geoffrey Gunn
© TIFF
Toronto's Trinity Square seen from the same perspective as it appeared in Dead Ringers. The exterior of the Mantle Clinic in Dead Ringers was filmed in Trinity Square, seen here in this present-day photo.

Photographer: Geoffrey Gunn
© TIFF

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