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Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

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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(screenplay), (based on the musical play "Little Shop of Horrors") | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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

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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plant | florist | shop | eclipse | nerd | See All (75) »

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A Singing Plant. A Daring Hero. A Sweet Girl. A Demented Dentist. See more »


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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19 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der kleine Horrorladen  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,659,884 (USA) (21 December 1986)

Gross:

$38,747,385 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original production of "Little Shop of Horrors" premiered off-off-Broadway at the WPA Theater on May 6, 1982, before transferring off-Broadway to the the Orpheum Theatre, where it ran between July 27, 1982 and November 1, 1987 for a total of 2,209 performances. The musical made its Broadway debut 11 years later at the Virginia Theater, where it ran between October 2, 2003 and August 22, 2004, totaling 372 performances. See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place in the early 1960s in New York City and features a "total eclipse of the sun". There was no such eclipse any time in the 1960s. The most recent total solar eclipse visible from New York City was on Jan 24, 1925. See more »

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[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 »

Connections

Referenced in Invasion of the Scream Queens (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Loving homage to B movie ideals
7 January 1999 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

One of the most unappreciated films of the eighties, the songs, performances, and especially the affectionate screenplay all harken back to the cheap old days of Roger Corman and his B movie compatriots. From Steve Martin's sadistic Elvis-inspired dentist to the early girl-group rock score, "Little Shop" moves with an appropriately cheesy style that lets you in on the joke, yet never insults you for loving those poverty row movies.


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