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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 »

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John Schlesinger

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Peter Buckman, Peter Shaw (story adaptation)
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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

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Color

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

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Intriguing effort but overall somewhat flawed
10 October 2012 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

A series of mysterious disappearances leads an American inspector in England to a charismatic barber and his helper who bake his victims into pies for the locals and try to stop their deadly game before it's too late.

A somewhat decent effort of the story, which manages some good stuff here and there to make it interesting at least. The fact that there's several interesting and fairly entertaining mysteries built up that cross pollinate each other gives this one a pretty quick pace, with the mysterious murders leading him down one path, while the fact that he needs information from a previous victim to carry out his task which intersects with the vanished helpers from their shops, and overall this whole segment is quite good. There's even a grand finale that includes the Gothic trope of burning-down-the-location as well, as several of the preparation of the victim scenes get quite bloody, but this one does have some flaws. With several romantic subplots present, it doesn't offer up a lot of time on horror-specific subplots so this one doesn't really get up there in dealing out a body count, and overall this one has more of a period/drama feel rather than an out-and-out horror film so it misses a lot of chances to deliver some gruesome shocks. These lower it enough, but it's still pretty enjoyable.

Rated R: Language, Graphic Violence and Brief Nudity.


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