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

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Musical  |  21 December 2007 (USA)
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The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, AKA 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toby (as Edward Sanders)
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Gabriella Freeman ...
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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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Johnny Depp is THE BARBER. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic bloody violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 December 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sweeney Todd  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,635,390 (USA) (21 December 2007)


$52,882,759 (USA) (14 March 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anne Hathaway was almost cast as Johanna but Tim Burton wanted a complete unknown for the role and settled with Jayne Wisener. Hathaway would appear in Burton's next film Alice in Wonderland (2010). See more »


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


[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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Featured in National Movie Awards (2008) See more »


Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Helena Bonham Carter
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User Reviews

Awesome, dark and funny. Classic Tim Burton stuff.
11 December 2007 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Good dark fun.

I knew nothing of this movie except Tim Burton and Johnny Depp had something to do with it, and that, as the executive director put it, there was "lots of blood". I don't think of myself as liking musicals, although I should probably reconsider now.

I had a moment of dread when the movie started and there was a mention of Sacha Baron Cohen being in it. However his performance was in fact quite good. While his acting has a few things in common with his over-the-top Borat character, it somehow fits rather well within the movie.

Some elements of the plot are rather predictable, in a Greek tragedy sort of way, but it doesn't really detract from the movie. We get to enjoy the downward spiral even though we know its shape.

All in all, the movie was awesome, filled with damned and hopeless characters that still made you laugh at every turn.

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