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

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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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Ava May ...
Gabriella Freeman ...
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Aron Paramor ...
Lee Whitlock ...


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?


Among those who influenced Johnny Depp's performance as Sweeney Todd were Peter Lorre (especially in Mad Love (1935)), Boris Karloff, Anthony Newley and Iggy Pop. See more »


Johanna is seen packing stuff neatly into a suitcase , she puts the last item into her suitcase neatly , but when Judge Turpin opens her door we see the item hanging over the side as if it was hastily thrown in. 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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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: The Best of 2007 (2007) See more »


By The Sea
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Johnny Depp & Helena Bonham Carter
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User Reviews

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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