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
In 1986, D.C. Comics released a comic book adaptation of the film. Although the book retains some scenes that didn't make it to the final cut of the film, most characters bear little resemblance to their live-action counterparts. See more »
When Audrey sings "My arm's in a cast" her arm is not, in fact, in a cast. It's in a sling but no cast. See more »
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"Special Thanks" are given to Paul Dooley, because his scenes as Patrick Martin were cut and re-cast with Jim Belushi. Dooley's scenes are restored for the Director's cut, and consequently Belushi gets the "Special Thanks" instead. See more »
The 1986 musical version is adapted from the successful Off Broadway play. The film was shot in London and filmed in the style of a musical play hence you get this interior staged bound feel to this movie.
Rick Moranis plays Seymour a nerdy, hapless and put upon flower shop boy owned by Mr Mushnik (Vincent Gardenia.) Seymour is in love with the blonde, beautiful Audrey (Ellen Greene) but she is going out with psycho, motor biking dentist Orin (Steve Martin.)
After an eclipse Seymour discovers a new plant which becomes an instant hit with the customers who all flock to the shop to admire it. The plant which Seymour calls Audrey II needs feeding and as it gets bigger so does his lust for human flesh and blood.
The film is uneven, some of the song numbers are interesting but too many are overbearing or just drone on. Moranis is in his element as the put upon nerdy type with dark edges as he goes along with the desires of his insatiable plant maybe from outer space voiced by Levi Stubbs. Ellen Greene is simply delectable and divine as Audrey. It is left to Martin to deliver the laughs as the sadistic biker and the best scenes are between him and Bill Murray as the masochist patient who leave Martin questioning his nastiness.
It is a fine enough retro musical and the version I saw also had the alternate and a more grim ending.
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