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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

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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.

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Storyline

In the Victorian London, the barber Benjamin Barker is married to the gorgeous Lucy and they have a lovely child, Johanna. The beauty of Lucy attracts the attention of the corrupt Judge Turpin, who falsely accuses the barber of a crime that he did not commit and abuses Lucy later after gaining custody of her. After fifteen years in exile, Benjamin returns to London under the new identity of Sweeney Todd, seeking revenge against Turpin. He meets the widow Mrs. Lovett who is the owner of a meat pie shop who tells him that Lucy swallowed arsenic many years ago, and Turpin assigned himself tutor of Johanna. He opens a barber shop above her store, initiating a crime rampage against those who made him suffer and lose his beloved family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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judge | beadle | lust | accomplice | widow | See more »

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Johnny Depp is THE BARBER. See more »


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Rated R for graphic bloody violence | See all certifications »

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21 December 2007 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£4,525,246 (UK) (25 January 2008)

Gross:

$52,882,759 (USA) (14 March 2008)
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Several songs from the Broadway musical were excised from the film. They are: "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" (and its many reprises); "Ah, Miss"; "Johanna" (Judge Turpin's version); "Kiss Me"; "Parlour Songs"; "City on Fire"; and "Epilogue". All ensemble / choral singing was also eliminated, most notably from "God, That's Good", in which the title of the song is now never even sung. Many other songs remaining in the film have been shortened. The only songs to remain intact are "Epiphany"; "Pretty Women"; "Johanna" (Anthony's solo); "The Worst Pies in London"; "Wait" and "My Friends". "Johanna" (featuring Sweeney, Anthony, and the Beggar Woman) is originally a quartet featuring all three in addition to Johanna's vocals. The song "My Friends" is not sung in its entirety either, with one line being added and the last line was edited, from "At last, my right arm is complete again" to "At last, my arm is complete again." See more »

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If you look closely you can see that the baby that Johanna's mother is holding is really a doll. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Anthony Hope: I have sailed the world, beheld its wonders, from the Dardanelles to the mountains of Peru. But there's no place like London.
Sweeney Todd: No, there's no place like London.
Anthony Hope: [spoken] Mr. Todd?
Sweeney Todd: You are young. Life has been kind to you. You will learn.
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Soundtracks

Final Scene (Part 1)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Johnny Depp & Helena Bonham Carter
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1 March 2008 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

As it happens more often than not, greatness is relegated to some obscure angle. In a year of brilliant opuses by the Cohen Brothers and PT Anderson, this Tim Burton film shines as the best from every angle. It's not just that Burton creates another superb, dark universe with Dante Ferretti's complicity or that Johnnt Deep breaks new ground, or that Helena Bonham Carter surprises us with a complex, marvelous realistic parody. The film touches visually a very private cord. Ed Wood managed that but Tim Burton with "Sweeny Todd" elevates it to the purest form of art. He will be punished for that, as Ed Wood was in its day. Disappointing grosses in a world that worship grosses will make it appear as a sort of a failure. My advise to you is run to see it wherever you can find it. Try to see it in a big screen with great sound. You will fly and dream and be taken away by the masterful hands of Tim Burton and the glorious faces of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.


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