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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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Never Forget. Never Forgive. 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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Trivia

To prepare for his role, Johnny Depp had recorded demo tapes of himself in West Hollywood, working with old friend and music producer Bruce Witkin to shape his own vocals without a voice coach. He also practiced singing the musical while filming Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007). See more »

Goofs

Although the actual mechanism of the chair is not shown, the pedal which Sweeney pushes to open the trap door and send the chair back appears to be switching sides of the chair throughout. There could be two pedals, one on each side, that operates the same mechanism. 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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Searching (Part 2)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Laura Michelle Kelly
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Dark Humor Done Right
5 December 2007 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Despite the grim expectations from the story synopsis, the film delivers gore in a surprisingly tasteful way. There are no screaming teenagers running from a lunatic; instead we get a somewhat British blend of satire, slapstick and just "wrong" humor. Although I'm not much of a Johnny Depp fan, I enjoyed his performance as well as Helena Bonham Carter's. Even the portrayal of the common clients was stunning.

Despite being generally familiar with the story, I fell into some traps expecting specific twists, yet something different (and better) being delivered. This is a model of how to do dark humor that filmmakers should and probably will follow. It is most refreshing. Don't read the story and don't read any spoilers until you've seen it.


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