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Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Musical  |  19 December 1986 (USA)
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A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.



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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Levi Stubbs ...
Audrey II (voice)
Michelle Weeks ...
Chiffon (as Tisha Campbell)
The First Customer
Stan Jones ...
Narrator (voice) (as Stanley Jones)
Bertice Reading ...
'Downtown' Old Woman
Ed Wiley ...
'Downtown' Bum #1


Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey's sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey's ex. Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it? Written by HannahMontaniwitz

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Plot Keywords:

plant | florist | shop | eclipse | nerd | See All (79) »


Don't feed the plants. See more »


Comedy | Horror | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including comic horror violence, substance abuse, language and sex references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der kleine Horrorladen  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$38,747,385 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" (written for this film) is the first Oscar-nominated song to contain profanity. As a result, the song was edited, replacing the more risqué lyrics with lyrics cut from the final film (though included on the film soundtrack). See more »


During "Skid Row" when Seymour walks down the alley to the gate and homeless people crawl it up and sing, there is a black man in a black beret, who, a few seconds later, when Seymour turns and runs out of the alley, is standing on the sidewalk with a bottle in a paper bag. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: On the twenty-third day of the month of September, in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence. And this terrifying enemy surfaced, as such enemies often do, in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places...
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Crazy Credits

"Special Thanks" are given to Paul Dooley, because his scenes as Patrick Martin were cut and re-cast with James Belushi. Dooley's scenes are restored for the Director's cut, and consequently Belushi gets the "Special Thanks" instead. See more »


References The Howdy Doody Show (1947) See more »


Mean Green Mother From Outer Space
Written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Arranged and Adapted by Bob Gaudio and Robby Merkin
Produced by Bob Gaudio
Performed by Levi Stubbs and Chorus (Oren Waters, Maxine Waters Willard, Julia Waters, Lynn Davis, Tommy Funderburk, Siedah Garrett, Debra Dobkin, Luther Waters, Jay Gruska, Joe Pizzulo, Donny Gerrard, Monalisa Young and Gene Morford)
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User Reviews

A fun musical with comedic backup talent!!
17 July 2005 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia and Steve Martin. special appearances by Christopher Guest, Bill Murray, John Candy and Jim Belushi. Levi Stubbs(voice). Introducing Tichina Arnold, Michelle Weeks and Tisha Campbell.

Excellent musical-comedy that actually has great music and is geniunly funny. It's about down on his luck nerd Seymour (Moranis). He works for mean bossman Muschnik (Gardenia) along with his co-worker Audrey (Greene) who he has a major crush on. She meanwhile has a greasey boyfriend that happens to be a dentist named Orin Schrivello (Martin). Everything is going bad until he puts a strange plant he found in the store window. Soon the plant (named Audrey 2) comes to life and needs blood. Every performance in this film was top notch. Rick Moranis is excellent as nerd Seymour and even sings well. Ellen Greene, who played Audrey on stage, obviously has the character down and gives a flawless performance. Vincent Gardenia is great as the blowhard flower shop owner. And of course, the one remembered most from this film is Steve Martin, who gives his best performance to date as an evil dentist who enjoys others pain. Even with the amount of screen time he was given he manages to give a stellar performance. Excellent acting and great music. Direction is great too, by Frank Oz (of the Muppets). I highly recommend it!!!!!

My rating- A minus. rated PG-13 for violence/gore and some language.

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