The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
Helena Bonham Carter,
Because of his eccentric habits and bafflingly strange films, director Edward D. Wood Jr. is a Hollywood outcast. Nevertheless, with the help of the formerly famous Bela Lugosi and a devoted cast and crew of show-business misfits who believe in Ed's off-kilter vision, the filmmaker is able to bring his oversize dreams to cinematic life. Despite a lack of critical or commercial success, Ed and his friends manage to create an oddly endearing series of extremely low-budget films. Written by
Orson Welles didn't look the same in the mid 1950s. The movie he was making, by the time he spoke to Edward D. Wood, Jr., was Touch of Evil (1958). At that time, his body would have been much larger, and with all gray hair. Instead, his appearance is how he looked in the early 40s, with a slimmer body, and all brown hair. See more »
When Ed and Kathy emerge from the theatre after the showing of Plan 9, their convertible has been sitting with the top down in pouring rain. Ed opens the passenger door and water pours out of the car, yet when he opens the driver's door seconds later, no water drains from it. See more »
[Bela, in his Dracula costume, hears the doorbell on Halloween night]
Children! I love children.
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The lightning bolt in the Touchstone logo appears after the logo is struck by lightning. See more »
Without question it's Tim Burton's best, most complete work and Johnny Depp is superb. Perhaps it's the total understanding of his subject that allows Tim Burton to fly so high here. The beautifully tailored script gives room for some exquisite character drawings, Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi, Vincent D'Onofrio as Orson Wells. "When you re-write a script it gets better and better" tells Ed/Johnny to his girlfriend with a smile full of innocence. What a performance! Johnny Depp is a unique kind of actor, we never had anyone quite like him. How can he manage to disappear behind a character and still bring with him his full bag of tricks, I don't know, but he does. I only wish he wouldn't get lost in mediocrities like "Nick of Time" "The Astronaut's Wife" and "Secret Window" He belongs to the world of real, great filmmakers. Better to risk with an original idea by Emir Kusturica than a "safe", tired, Stephen King thing. Johnny, remember, we're looking at you for clues about ourselves. More Ed Woods , please!
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