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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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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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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,635,390 (USA) (23 December 2007)

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$52,898,073 (USA) (20 March 2008)
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Trivia

The pies, or rather some of them, were actually edible. Some were made of fiber, others were made of rubber. In fact, the pies in the beginning of the film were also edible and, according to Edward Sanders (Toby), even though they looked "gross," they tasted "okay." See more »

Goofs

When Signor Pirelli is singing during the contest, he makes the sign of the cross, but he does it with his left hand instead of his right, which not usual for a Catholic. There are two explanations for this. One: Pirelli is left handed (see Trivia) and uses this hand indefinitely. Two: Pirelli lies about his entire persona, so he might as well be lying about his religion as well. 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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Toby's Finger (Searching, Part 1)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Helena Bonham Carter
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Tim Burton Claims Sweeney As His Own!
21 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a fan of the original stage version of this grimly Gothic tale, going into Sweeney Todd was bittersweet in my hopes and expectations. However, I'm pleased to announce that I did find Burton's latest effort impressive and intentional. Fans of the original won't be disappointed with a top-notch cast and the wonderfully dark overtures that haunt every minute of Sweeney Todd. Tim Burton, one of the masters of ambiance, sets his atmosphere in the grisly streets of a depressed London and his artistry punctures through every scene of screen time. I would have to clarify that, while Johnny Depp is a skilled actor, fans of the original will find it hard to believe that Depp has the ability to transform into the George Hearn "Sweeny" we've come to know. This is in fact true and recognized by Burton. In this respect, the character of Depp is not played as the same manner as the deep-voiced, towering Todd from the musical adaptation. Depp's is more of a less boisterous and thoughtful one. The vocal performances are great but have a different approach and feel to them. It was a refreshing adaptation and I feel a triumph on the part of Burton for making a stage-to-screen experience that captures you from it's bloody introduction.


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