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Brimstone & Treacle (1982)

A strange young man has a sinister effect on the family of a middle-aged writer.

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Suzanna Hamilton ...
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Businessman
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Stroller
Mary MacLeod ...
Valerie Holdsworth
Tim Preece ...
Clergyman
Elizabeth Bradley ...
Woman Passer By
Hugh Walters ...
Man
Christopher Fairbanks ...
Drunk
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Storyline

Brimstone and Treacle is a modern gothic tale about the evil that men do and the price that must be paid to make things right. The film, a remake of a 1976 teleplay that included Denholm Elliot in its original cast as Mr. Bates, the film also included an incredibly cool soundtrack of songs by artists like The Go-Go's, The Police, Squeeze and an irreverently stylish 1930's little diddy called "Spread A Little Happiness", performed by Sting by himself. Written by Gerry Kissell <repdetect@yahoo.com>

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daughter | guilt | remake | invalid | sex | See All (27) »

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An intriguing fantasy of angelic innocence and devilish passion.

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Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »
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12 November 1982 (USA)  »

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Brimstone  »

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1.66 : 1
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Whilst making the movie, Sting, had an accident injuring his arm. His band, The Police, were, at the time, on tour promoting their album Ghost In The Machine. During a performance at the NEC Arena, Sting appeared with a heavily bandaged arm, and was unable to play bass,and was replaced by his roadie, Danny Quatrochi. See more »

Quotes

Tom Bates: Miss Holdsworth, raise your skirt please.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are listed on the pages of a book floating on moving water. See more »

Connections

Remake of Brimstone and Treacle (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

I Burn For You
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Written by Sting
Performed by The Police
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Dennis Potter strikes again, striving to be a deranged literary cross between Charles Dickens and Joe Orton...
6 September 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

British middle-agers with a handicapped daughter invite into their home a strange young man who holds a curious power over the family. Sting (then the lead singer and bassist of The Police) gives a commendable starring performance--his first lead--in this Dennis Potter concoction based upon Potter's own play (originally taped--and banned--by the BBC). Writing like a mischievous child, and aiming for lofty subtext and ironic turns of the screw, Potter doesn't always get the affects he's aiming for, but neither does he disappoint. Director Richard Loncraine doesn't struggle too noticeably getting this peculiar material off the dime (and out from the main set), and his build-up to the foregone conclusion is rife with interesting, twisted bits of business. Not a barn-burner by any means, but a handsome, calculated work in a minor, somewhat derivative key. **1/2 from ****


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