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Brimstone & Treacle (1982)

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

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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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An intriguing fantasy of angelic innocence and devilish passion.

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An important difference between this and Dennis Potter's original 1976 script is Mr Bates' job: here he writes uplifting doggerel for greetings-cards, but in the original has an unspecified white-collar job. See more »

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Tom Bates: Miss Holdsworth, raise your skirt please.
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Up the Junction
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A disturbing film....
8 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I thought that Brimstone & Treacle was quite a disturbing movie. which i did not like. Tom Bates is filled with guilt over causing his daughter, Patricia, to become bed ridden and is unable to speak for for the last three years afters she accidentally ran into an oncoming truck after catching her dad and his secretary having sex, so he invites a young man home to dinner whom he believes is his daughter's old school friend. Mrs. Bates finds their visitor, Martin Taylor, quite a charming person. And he helps with the work of taking care of their daughter, so she invites him to stay for a few days. Mr. Bates is quite suspicious of Martin, but he agrees to let him stay. Martin slowly exploits the Bates' trust as he tries to sexually abuse their paralysed daughter. I found this to be a very disturbing film to watch at certain times. 3/10


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