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The Tale of Sweeney Todd (1997)

The fictional tale of the murderous nineteenth century barber (Sir Ben Kinglsey) who sold his kills to a neighboring butcher (Joanna Lumley) for her renowned meat pies. A young innocent (... See full summary »

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Peter Buckman, Peter Shaw (story adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Sweeney Todd
Campbell Scott ... Ben Carlyle
Joanna Lumley ... Mrs. Lovett
Selina Boyack Selina Boyack ... Alice
David Wilmot ... Tom
Sean Flanagan Sean Flanagan ... Charlie (as Séan Ó'Flanagain)
Katharine Schlesinger ... Lucy
John Kavanagh ... Rutledge
Joe Savino ... Chambers
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Vicar
Peter Jeffrey ... Dr. Maxwell
Peter Woodthorpe ... Mannheim
Bosco Hogan ... Head Clerk
Birdy Sweeney Birdy Sweeney ... Elderly Cutter
Des Braiden ... Bald Toothless Man
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The fictional tale of the murderous nineteenth century barber (Sir Ben Kinglsey) who sold his kills to a neighboring butcher (Joanna Lumley) for her renowned meat pies. A young innocent (Selina Boyack) and the dashing inspector (Campbell Scott) who tries to solve the murders are also thrown into the mix. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The Original Serial Killer


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Country:

Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'échoppe des horreurs See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The final movie of Peter Jeffrey (Dr. Maxwell). See more »

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The best pies in London
25 December 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

I do not know if the story of Sweeney Todd is based upon fact, but it sure makes for an interesting blend of horror and comedy.

One of the criticisms I have heard of the new Johnny Depp version is that you never really know why he becomes a mass murderer. Well, there is no mystery here and, if you take the time to find this film, you will know everything.

John Schlesinger, who gave us Cold Comfort Farm, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Darling and Oscar winner Midnight Cowboy, does a great job of keeping us interested in the case of the missing businessman.

Campbell Scott was riveting as the American come to London to find the property of his employers; property in the possession of said businessman when he disappeared.

You will be fascinated in the streets of London, the costuming, the atmosphere, and you will see why someone could lose their heads for a few rings.

Ben Kingsley is fabulous as the serial killer, and blends humor and horror into a role that has been described as one of the better versions of a half dozen that have been done. I think it will be hard to beat this one, but I am looking forward to examining the rest.

Excellent support by Joanna Lumley ("Absolutely Fabulous") and Selina Boyack in her first film.


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