MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,501 this week

The Beggar's Opera (1983)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Musical
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 45 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 1 critic

A historical adaptation of John Gay's 18th Century ballad opera, exuberantly performed for BBC television. With its story of a condemned highwayman, it brings to life the greed, lust and ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(by)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 665 titles
created 24 Feb 2012
 
a list of 74 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Beggar's Opera (TV Movie 1983)

The Beggar's Opera (TV Movie 1983) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Beggar's Opera.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Inserts (1974)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young, once-great Hollywood film director refuses to accept changing times during the early 1930s, and confines himself to his decaying mansion to make silent porn flicks.

Director: John Byrum
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Jessica Harper, Bob Hoskins
Mussolini and I (TV Movie 1985)
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A compelling drama/documentary chronicling the life and death of Il Duce himself, from his days as a terrorist to his alliance with Hitler to the betrayal of his son-in-law and untimely demise.

Director: Alberto Negrin
Stars: Susan Sarandon, Anthony Hopkins, Bob Hoskins
Captain Jack (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An eccentric seaman puts together an equally eccentric crew with the idea of sailing from northern England to the Artic along the path of Captain Scoresby, a 1791 sea captain.

Director: Robert Young
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Sadie Frost, Gemma Jones
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Brother Edgar is a generous entrepreneur of low quality socks who hides behind a self-bestowed cassock to avoid the low level corruption of local sheriffs. He has adopted Morales Pittman, ... See full summary »

Director: Arne Glimcher
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Antonio Banderas, Ellen Barkin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sharkey, part of the sinister world of child trade, picks up Vlado, an orphan of war, dreaming of freedom and a better life. They embark upon a strange and enlightening journey through war ... See full summary »

Director: Tomasz Wiszniewski
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Sergiusz Zymelka, Krzysztof Majchrzak
Lassiter (1984)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Lassiter is a handsome jewel thief operating in London in the late 1930s. One day he is arrested and told that if he wishes to avoid prison, he must break into the heavily guarded German ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Young
Stars: Tom Selleck, Jane Seymour, Lauren Hutton
Lisztomania (1975)
Biography | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A send-up of the bawdy life of Romantic composer/piano virtuoso Franz Liszt, with ubiquitous phallic imagery and a good portion of the film devoted to Liszt's "friendship" with fellow ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Roger Daltrey, Sara Kestelman, Paul Nicholas
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Dr. Eduardo Plarr, despite the name is an Anglo working in a Latin American country. His work is a return home after several years. He begins to form and re-establish friendships and begins... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Michael Caine, Richard Gere, Bob Hoskins
Othello (TV Movie 1981)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A general becomes convinced that his wife is having an affair, even though there is no evidence.

Director: Jonathan Miller
Stars: Anthony Pedley, Bob Hoskins, Geoffrey Chater
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A farce, Hoskins plays a photographer who specializes in religious pictures who searches for a model for Jesus. He does a favor for a friend and finds himself doing a voice track for a ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Lewin
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Jeff Goldblum, Natasha Richardson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two twelve-year-old boys, Romeo and Gavin, undergo an extraordinary test of character and friendship when Morell, a naive but eccentric and dangerous stranger, comes between them. Morell ... See full summary »

Director: Shane Meadows
Stars: Martin Arrowsmith, Dave Blant, Darren O. Campbell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Bill Hays
Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Bob Hoskins, Richard Beckinsale
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
Player
Stratford Johns ...
Gary Tibbs ...
...
Carol Hall ...
...
Gawn Grainger ...
Ben Budge
Anthony Pedley ...
...
Jemmy Twitcher
Don Estelle ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rosemary Ashe ...
Peter Bayliss ...
...
Jailer
...
Edit

Storyline

A historical adaptation of John Gay's 18th Century ballad opera, exuberantly performed for BBC television. With its story of a condemned highwayman, it brings to life the greed, lust and corruption of low-life London. Written by L. Buis

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Musical

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Driestuiversopera (1969) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
For fans of the original
3 October 2009 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a really interesting outing which attempts to be naturalistic with a deeply artificial form. I have watched it tens of times because I love the original and I love this version.

As always, MacHeath and Polly are not terribly likable - which is more a fault of changing mores and the script than the acting.

However, everyone else in the cast is brilliant, with the most amazingly chewy performance by Patricia Routledge as Mrs. Peachum. Peachum and Lockit and Lucy and Filch are all very likable. Bob Hoskins does an excellent cameo.

The production values are really high. The costuming is wonderful. The music is lush. The scenery is appropriately grotty and dark.

The meta-ness of the attempt to be natural with it can turn one's head inside out occasionally, particularly with the lovely ending gallop to "Thus I stand like the Turk", which substitutes for a curtain call. All in all, if you like the play, you should really enjoy this TV-made film.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Beggar's Opera (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?