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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982)

Sweeney Todd returns to London to uncover the past, along the way meeting Mrs. Lovett, and begins to start his life of crime.

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Hugh Wheeler (book), Christopher Bond (based upon the play by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Nellie Lovett
George Hearn ... Sweeney Todd
Cris Groenendaal Cris Groenendaal ... Anthony Hope
Sara Woods Sara Woods ... Beggar Woman
Edmund Lyndeck ... Judge Turpin
Calvin Remsberg Calvin Remsberg ... The Beadle
Betsy Joslyn Betsy Joslyn ... Johanna
Sal Mistretta ... Pirelli
Spain Logue Spain Logue ... Birdseller
Walter Charles Walter Charles ... Passerby
Michael Kalinyen Michael Kalinyen ... Jonas Fogg
Roy Gioconda Roy Gioconda ... Company
Skip Harris Skip Harris ... Company
Duane Morris Duane Morris ... Company
Patricia Parker Patricia Parker ... Company
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Storyline

It's 1846. Sweeney Todd and Anthony Hope, greeted only by a crazed beggar woman, sail into London, where Todd implies he has been before but not in quite some time. Todd heads to his old stomping grounds of Fleet Street, where he runs across the pie shop belonging to Mrs. Nellie Lovett, who professes to make the worst meat pies in London due to the high cost of meat. The upstairs of her building has sat empty since no one wants to rent a space that is considered haunted by its long ago tenant, barber Benjamin Barker who was falsely accused and ultimately sentenced by the sadistic Judge Turpin and who was shipped away to prison in Australia, leaving his wife Lucy and infant daughter Johanna alone in the world. Todd comes to an agreement with Mrs. Lovett to rent the upstairs of her building so that he can open his own barber shop. A series of incidents, including one with rival barber Senor Pirelli, make Todd change his focus slightly away from having a choice encounter with Judge ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Original Broadway Cast members in this taping include Angela Lansbury (Mrs.Lovett) , Kenneth Jennings (Toby), Edmund Lyndeck (Judge Turpin), and Betsy Joslyn (Johanna) and Cris Groenendaal (Anthony) who played Members of the Company and understudied for Sarah Rice and Victor Garber as Johanna and Anthony, respectively. See more »

Goofs

As the company gathers in front of the oven in "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd", the camera catches Sweeney moving into position for his entrance. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man: [singing] Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd. His skin was pale and his eye was odd. He shaved the faces of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard of again. He trod a path that few have trod, Did Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
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Soundtracks

The Judge's Return
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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by George Hearn and Edmund Lyndeck
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Perfection in theatre.
18 September 1999 | by Phil_HSee all my reviews

There are no flaws in this production. Perfectly entertaining, fun, and worthy of respect.

This is what theatre is all about. Definitely not for the very young, but slightly older kids will get a great kick out of seeing it and can be introduced to theatre this way.

Astounding and amazing.


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