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Three Penny Opera (1963)

Die Dreigroschenoper (original title)
The Gangster Macheath secretly marries the daughter of beggar king Peachum. When Peachum finds out, he instructs the police chief Brown to arrest and hang Macheath. If not, all the beggars of Soho will disturb the upcoming coronation.

Director:

Wolfgang Staudte

Writers:

Bertolt Brecht (libretto), Wolfgang Staudte (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Curd Jürgens ... Captain Macheath
Hildegard Knef ... Jenny Diver (as Hildegarde Neff)
Gert Fröbe ... J.J. Peachum
Hilde Hildebrand ... Mrs. Celia Peachum
June Ritchie ... Polly Peachum
Lino Ventura ... 'Tiger' Brown
Marlene Warrlich Marlene Warrlich ... Lucy
Walter Giller ... Beggar Filch
Hans W. Hamacher Hans W. Hamacher ... Constable Smith
Henning Schlüter Henning Schlüter ... Reverend Kimball
Hans Reiser Hans Reiser ... A Guide
Siegfried Wischnewski ... Matthias
Walter Feuchtenberg Walter Feuchtenberg ... Jakob
Stanislav Ledinek Stanislav Ledinek ... Robert
Martin Berliner Martin Berliner ... Wally the Weeper
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Storyline

The Gangster Macheath secretly marries the daughter of beggar king Peachum. When Peachum finds out, he instructs the police chief Brown to arrest and hang Macheath. If not, all the beggars of Soho will disturb the upcoming coronation.

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Genres:

Drama | Musical

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Details

Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

21 February 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Penny Opera See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

An earlier off-Broadway version (English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein), because it was a special "showcase" production, had a large turnover among its cast members. At one point, however, it featured Bea Arthur as Lucy Brown, and Paul Dooley and John Astin as two of MacHeath's men. Also among the cast for part of the run was Edward Asner as Peachum. See more »

Alternate Versions

Sammy Davis Jr. appears only in the American version. See more »

Connections

Version of The Beggar's Opera (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Moritat von Mackie Messer
(reprise) (uncredited)
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
Performed by Hildegard Knef
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A review from a German Student.
6 June 2000 | by MTHarden79See all my reviews

This movie is the classic story of Mack the Knife. The version I saw was in the original German, and subtitled in English. It was filmed as a barb towards Nazi Germany, however, since anti-Gov't were forbidden the film takes places in London England. Our Hero, is a Thief. The Head of the Thieves guild. He and his crownies continually steal from the One bank in town. Mackie, likes to visit the Women of Ill Repute and they all know him, and the cops are all bought so they can't touch him. He has intentions of Marrying the Daughter of the King of the Beggars guild, and all is going well. Until the Police chief gets aspirations of Arresting Mackie, and the bank they rob goes bankrupt. Fortunately Mackie has enough money to buy the defunct bank and his crownies can become the Tellers. This is an excellent old film, and I recommend it to anyone.


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