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Sweeney Todd (2006)

A BBC adaptation of the Victorian "penny dreadful" tale of 18th century "demon barber" Sweeney Todd, of Fleet Street, who cuts the throats of unsuspecting clients in his London shop.

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David Moore

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Joshua St Johnston (as Joshua St. Johnston)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Winstone ... Sweeney Todd
Essie Davis ... Mrs Lovett
David Warner ... Fielding
Tom Hardy ... Matthew
David Bradley ... Sweeney's Father
Roger Frost Roger Frost ... Customer
Anthony O'Donnell ... Gaoler
David Foxxe David Foxxe ... Rector
Ben Walker ... Tobias
Jessica Hooker Jessica Hooker ... Polly
Paul Currier Paul Currier ... Thornhill
Mircea Drimbareanu ... Mr Lovett (as Mircea Drambareanu)
Gabriel Spahiu ... Thief
Vlad Radescu Vlad Radescu ... Sailor
Bogdan Cotlet Bogdan Cotlet ... Youth
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A BBC adaptation of the Victorian "penny dreadful" tale of 18th century "demon barber" Sweeney Todd, of Fleet Street, who cuts the throats of unsuspecting clients in his London shop.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.


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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweeney Todd - O Barbeiro Canibal See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Part of the plot involves a string of pearls. The Sweeney Todd story first appeared in a story entitled 'The String of Pearls: A Romance'. See more »

Goofs

When Sweeney is shaving the Jailer right at the start of the program we see him shave his top lip clean, then it cuts to a close shot of Sweeney and back to the Jailer. His top lip now has a full layer of shaving foam. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man in crowd: She runs a brothel with these two. Obviously hasn't been pounding the justice enough. They'll make her pay in Newgate.
Mrs Lovett: Stop it! It's wrong!
Man in crowd: Get off me! Of course you'd stick up for that sorry slut.
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Connections

Version of Mystery and Imagination: Sweeney Todd (1970) See more »

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You make your own hell.
30 December 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

I loved the story of Sweeney Todd after seeing Johnny Depp do the musical number. I loved it so much I am looking for other versions. This one is outstanding.

Unlike Depp's version, this one with Ray Winstone (The Proposition, The Departed, Sexy Beast, Beowulf) is a truer picture of the dark and grimy London of the 18th Century. It is so bad, that you have to cover your nose with a handkerchief when you approach the beggars in the jail to give them a penny.

Sweeney did not set out to kill anyone. He was visited in his barber shop by a jailer that brought back old memories. He killed him without thinking and each time got easier. He becomes attracted to a pie maker Mrs. Lovett (Essie Davis - Charlotte's Web, Maggie from The Matrix sequels). In the course of that relationship, we are introduced to abortion, spousal abuse, and atheism. She is married at the time, but as barbers were also surgeons (without anesthesia, I might add) he dispatches her husband in the process of removing a stone.

They become friends as he is unable to perform, and he sets her up in her own pie shop. She has a steady stream of lovers which he dispatched and presents to her as meat from his brother. She is clueless as to what is going on. This is a far different version than I have seen before and you are really hooked to see what is going to happen. There are some side stories involving a policeman, and Sweeney's father that really added to the mystery.

Winstone and Davis were superb, as was David Warner as the local Magistrate.

The only complaint I had was not really every seeing Mrs Lovett's pies. As Sweeney peeked in on her trysts, we just got to see the guy on top. They could have given us a little peek.

This was slightly better than the Ben Kingsly version, but there are more to see, including another musical.


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