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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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Love Song
Written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill with English lyrics by Marc Blitzstein
Performed by Raul Julia and Rachel Robertson
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Pretty Good Despite Weaknesses
30 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

I gave "Mack the Knife" a 7.

It does have some weaknesses:

1) A couple of unfortunate cuts -- "Moon Over Soho" and "What Keeps Mankind Alive?" were the ones that seemed most notable to me, especially since Mack refers to "Moon" late in the film, as though he had in fact sung it earlier on. 2) Translations that are more bland than they need to be -- for instance, Jenny and Mack's ode to "that whorehouse where we used to live" has been considerably toned down. 3) Occasional overacting. 4) Laughably bad (but generally short) dance sequences. 5) Weak ending -- but that's a problem with the original, too.

The film also has some strengths: 1) Good songs remain, including the opening and closing "Mack The Knife"; "Pirate Jenny," which looks like something out of Pink Floyd's "The Wall"; and the cat-fight duet between Lucy and Polly. 2) Likeable performances by all the leads, especially Julia.

In all, a mixed bag, but I'm glad I watched it.


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