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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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Beware! Sweeney Todd is coming. This Christmas. 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

Anne Hathaway was almost cast as Johanna but Tim Burton wanted a complete unknown for the role and settled with Jayne Wisener. Meryl Streep, Imelda Staunton, Cyndi Lauper and Emma Thompson were all considered for the role of Mrs. Lovett. Annette Bening and Toni Collette both also lobbied vigorously for the role of Mrs. Lovett, but lost out to Helena Bonham Carter. See more »

Goofs

When Sweeny slashes the wrenched womens throat at the end, she begins to lift her head up quite high, then a split second later when he opens the trap door, her head is tilted downwards again. 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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Referenced in Dexter: Waiting to Exhale (2007) See more »

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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
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A Conventicle of Geniuses Came Together Here
20 December 2007 | by (California) – See all my reviews

And this conventicle has brought us a glistening and irresistible nightmare. There are delicious Dickensian overtones throughout, and the look of the film itself is poetically potent. The entire mix is shockingly seductive with an unforgettable ending. Burton's humor is part and parcel of his sheer brilliance, as always, and, as always, the great Johnny Depp is intense and positively unforgettable. All performances are electric, the pace and length are perfect, and the film draws us deeper and deeper with every moment into its stunning blend of the grotesque and the undeniably beautiful. Analysing the power of a film like this is no simple matter. The whole is dazzlingly disturbing. You don't want to miss a second of it, even though the film is merciless to us and to its protagonists. It sings, it glows, it enchants, it horrifies. I want to see it again. And again. It's a brutal and shattering masterpiece.


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