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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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Drama | Thriller

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12 November 1982 (USA)  »

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This film was made first as a tele-movie Play for Today: Brimstone and Treacle (1987) by the BBC1 six years earlier in 1976 as part of their 'Play for Today' series but the tele-play was banned and withdrawn from being broadcast because of a rape scene. The TV play was eventually first broadcast in 1987 which was about five years after this cinema movie version (which had been made later) had been released. See more »

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Tom Bates: Miss Holdsworth, raise your skirt please.
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I Burn For You
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Very intriguing allegorical thriller
13 May 2003 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

Polite, mannered drifter Martin Taylor (Sting) charms his way into the home of Thomas Bates (Denholm Elliott), an outwardly upright publisher of religious text, his simple-minded, devout wife Norma (Joan Plowright) and their catatonic daughter Patricia (Suzanna Hamilton), whom he claims to know. Martin is allowed to stay in the home for a couple of days, cooks, cleans, "cares" for the daughter and tries to help the couple through their marital problems, but he's also the catalyst that forces some dark secrets out of the family closet.

Sting's character will either annoy or fascinate you as he exists solely as an enigma, representing angel or demon, or possibly both. Originally a play, this film never quite escapes the stage, but that only feeds into the claustrophobia of the stuffy household and guilt-ridden, lonely characters who inhabit it, and, all in all, it's an intriguing allegory on the nature of good and evil that has a lot to offer, including potent religious imagery, a knockout nightmare/fantasy sequence and a good score (plus songs by The Police) all driven home by excellent performances by the three leads and assured direction by Richard Loncraine.

Dennis Potter's script was previously filmed in 1976 for BBC (that version also starred the great Denholm Elliott).


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