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Mack the Knife (1989)

In the 19th century London, a young girl falls for a famous womanizing criminal and they decide to get married. Her family strongly disapproves so her father "the king of thieves" gets the gangster arrested.

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In the 19th century London, a young girl falls for a famous womanizing criminal and they decide to get married. Her family strongly disapproves so her father "the king of thieves" gets the gangster arrested.

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Raul Julia went on to play Gomez Addams in The Addams Family (1991), a role previously played on television by John Astin. Bill Nighy had previously played Sam Gamgee in BBC Radio's Lord of the Rings production. That role was subsequently played on film by Sean Astin. See more »

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Street Singer: Happy endings, nice and tidy, its a rule I, Learnt in school. Just get your money every Friday, happy endings are the rule. Keep on smiling, go home singing, and remember, that in life; you can love him, or you can hate him, but they'll always be Mack the Knife!
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Version of Driestuiversopera (1969) See more »

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The Cannon Song
Written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill with English lyrics by Marc Blitzstein
Performed by Raul Julia, Bill Nighy & Company
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Not as bad as its reputation.
15 October 1999 | by (Pa.) – See all my reviews

Out of the three film versions of this Brecht classic this is by far the best. No, its not perfect. First it uses the watered down Blitztien translation on most songs and there is too much dancing in the film.The main problem with the film is that the editor hacked it up. I have the soundtrack and no less than 6 songs were omitted after filming, including "What Keeps Mankind Alive", the theme of the play! What we are left with though is well done, Raul Julia excels as Mackie, charming, smooth and dangerous and with a great singing voice. Richard Harris is a delight as J.J. Peacham, king of the beggars and is well matched by Julie Walters as his wife. Bill Nighy makes a wonderful;ly confused Tiger Brown and the Jealousy duet performed by Rachel Robertson and Erin Donovan is the musical high point. Not great but a big improvement over the German film and the dull 1960 film with Curt Jergens.


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