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The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Unrated | | Comedy, Horror | 5 August 1960 (USA)
A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it.

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Complete credited cast:
Jonathan Haze ...
Jackie Joseph ...
Mel Welles ...
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Myrtle Vail ...
Karyn Kupcinet ...
Shirley (as Tammy Windsor)
Toby Michaels ...
Shirley's Friend
Leola Wendorff ...
Mrs. Siddie Shiva
Lynn Storey ...
Mrs. Hortense Fishtwanger - Society of Silent Flower Observers of Southern California
Wally Campo ...
Det. Sgt .Joe Fink / Narrator
Jack Warford ...
Meri Welles ...
Leonora Clyde (as Merri Welles)
John Herman Shaner ...
Dr. Phoebus Farb (as John Shaner)
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Dodie Drake ...
Waitress
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Seymour is a young man who works in a flower store. He manages to create a carnivorous plant that feeds on human flesh. Nobody knows about it, so Seymour and the plant become good "friends". The plant needs food to grow up, so it convinces him to start killing people. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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The flowers that kill in the Spring TRA-LA See more »

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$27,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Mr. Mushnik says that he is going to stay at the store overnight to take care of "that meshugganah plant." Meshugganah is a Yiddish word meaning "crazy." See more »

Goofs

Frank walks into Detective Fink's office, sits down and lights a cigarette. The cigarette remains in his mouth until a close-up shot, where it is missing. When the wide shot is resumed, the cigarette is back again. See more »

Quotes

Wilbur Force: [reading an article from "Pain" magazine in the waiting room of the dentist; giggling] "The patient came to me with a large hole in his abdomen, caused by a fire poker used on him by his wife. He almost bled to death and gangrene had set in. I didn't give him much of a chance. There were other complications. The man had cancer, tuberculosis, leprosy, and a touch of the grippe. I decided to operate."
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Featured in Horrible Horror (1986) See more »

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Deck the Halls
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Sung a cappella by Jonathan Haze
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Still Unique Even After 45 Years
31 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's a movie that's gone from cult classic to just plain classic. For me, it's one of the few "cult classics" I saw when it was released and then first shown on television. I loved it then, and I love it now.

Forget the musical re-make made in the 1980s. It couldn't hold a candle to the original.

"Original" is what this is, too. and nowadays, it's great to have it on DVD in which the audio is clear and the picture pretty sharp.

I have always particularly enjoyed the many humorous lines delivered by Mel Welles, who plays the flower shop owner. He is the real comedian of the cast, although the plant does quite well as do the two leads played by Jonathan Haze and Jackie Joseph. The latter two are a little more subtle in their comedy.

All the characters in here are totally whacked, from Haze's hypochondriac mother to Dick Miller's flower-eating character to the Jewish mother who always has a dead relative to moan about and to the dentist and his patient. The latter, of course, is Jack Nicholson, making his movie debut and looking about 16 years old.

In the end, though, what one remembers most is the plant demanding, over and over, to "Feeeeeed me!!"

For that, the plant and the film never fail to make me laugh.


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