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Release Date:
3 January 2006 (UK) See more »
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
A BBC adaptation of the Victorian "penny dreadful" tale of 18th century "demon barber" Sweeney Todd, of Fleet Street, who cuts the throats of unsuspecting clients in his London shop. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ray Winstone ... Sweeney Todd

Essie Davis ... Mrs Lovett

David Warner ... Fielding

Tom Hardy ... Matthew

David Bradley ... Sweeney's Father
Roger Frost ... Customer

Anthony O'Donnell ... Gaoler
David Foxxe ... Rector

Ben Walker ... Tobias
Jessica Hooker ... Polly
Paul Currier ... Thornhill

Mircea Drimbareanu ... Mr Lovett (as Mircea Drambareanu)

Gabriel Spahiu ... Thief
Vlad Radescu ... Sailor
Bogdan Cotlet ... Youth
Alexandru Dragoi ... Young Buck
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alan O'Silva ... Aid barber (as Alin Olteanu)
Rachel Ogilvy ... (voice)

Claudiu Trandafir ... Barbershop Customer
Zoltan Butuc ... Gaoler (uncredited)

Radu Bânzaru ... Constable (uncredited)
Ingo Gottwald ... Half Shaved Customer (uncredited)

Radu Andrei Micu ... Youth (uncredited)

Directed by
David Moore 
Writing credits
Joshua St Johnston (written by) (as Joshua St. Johnston)

Produced by
Caroline Hewitt .... co-producer
Patrick Irwin .... executive producer: Box TV
Simon Jordan .... executive producer: Ravenscroft
Emma Kingsman-Lloyd .... producer: Size 9
Gub Neal .... producer
Lucy Richer .... executive producer: BBC
Joshua St Johnston .... executive producer: Size 9
Justin Thomson .... executive producer: Box TV (as Justin Thomson-Glover)
Michael Wiggs .... executive producer: Size 9
Ray Winstone .... executive producer: Size 9
Original Music by
Simon Fisher-Turner  (as Simon Fisher Turner)
Cinematography by
Ulf Brantås (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sean Barton 
Casting by
Gary Davy 
Production Design by
Michael Pickwoad 
Art Direction by
Bill Crutcher 
Costume Design by
Annie Symons 
Makeup Department
Jill Conway .... makeup artist
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Jeni Lita .... hair stylist
Penny Smith .... hair designer
Penny Smith .... makeup designer
Edwina Voda .... makeup artist
Production Management
Charlotte Ashby .... post-production supervisor
Charlotte Ashby .... production manager
Andreea Stanculeanu .... executive in charge of production
Iuliana Tarnovetchi .... production manager (as Iuliana Stefan)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aniela Galiceanu .... first assistant director
Tatjana Jakovleva .... first assistant director
Roxana Leotescu .... second second assistant director
Iana Opran .... second assistant director
Art Department
Cristian Baluta .... prop master (as Cristi Baluta)
Paul Dobre .... construction manager
Gavrila Marius .... prop buyer (as Marius Gavrila)
Izabela Niculae .... art department coordinator
Aurel Popescu .... construction manager
Colin Smith .... store man
Monica Sorescu .... assistant art director
Sorin Stanciu .... props
Janet Willmott .... prop buyer
Lotta Wolgers .... set designer
Sound Department
Andi Arsenie .... boom operator
Anna Bertmark .... assistant sound editor
Richard Davey .... dubbing mixer
Richard Davey .... re-recording mixer
Paul Davies .... supervising sound editor
Jack Gillies .... dialogue editor
James Hamilton .... foley recordist
Tony Jackson .... sound mixer
Peter Murphy .... boom operator
Jonathan Rimas .... adr mixer
Jessie Taylor .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Mike H.G. Bates .... special effects makeup
Mark Kilburn .... prosthetic effects
Adrian Nica .... special effects technician
Mike Stringer .... special effects makeup
George Tudoran .... special effects technician
Rena Hanover .... utility stunts
Alin Luchian .... stunt performer
Rasvan Puiu .... stunt coordinator (as Razvan Puiu)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cos Aelenei .... still photographer
Octavian Andreescu .... gaffer
Teodor Andreescu .... best boy
Lupsa Armand .... electrician
Militaru Aurel-Marian .... electrician
Andrei Badescu .... grip
Ian Bird .... key grip
Daniel Ciobanu .... generator operator
Ruxandra Ghitescu .... video assist operator
Radu Marinescu .... key grip
Bogdan Stanciu .... Steadicam operator
Bogdan Stanciu .... camera operator: "b" camera
Steve Wallace .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Alex Buescu .... casting coordinator
Domnica Circiumaru .... casting: (Romania )
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marianne Agertoft .... costume supervisor
Mariana Bujoi .... costumer
Maria Liljefors .... cutter
Gabriela Ricsan .... costume supervisor
Claudia Sarbu .... wardrobe mistress
Julia Topan .... wardrobe mistress
Claudia Sarbu .... key costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... colorist
Scott Hinchcliffe .... on-line editor
Maria Murgu .... colorist
Tasim Persaud .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jim Coleman .... conductor
Richard Preston .... music producer
Transportation Department
Simon Jones .... transportation coordinator: UK
Andrei Sendrea .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Andra Barbuica .... script supervisor
John Bridson .... business affairs executive
Jo Cameron Brown .... voice coaching
Ben Cavey .... script editor
Cathie Davey .... publicist
Rena Hanover .... production assistant
Andrew Jacks .... voice coaching
Amalia Morar .... cast accountant
Elena Neacsu .... extras coordinator
Mirabela Nedelcu .... production assistant
Rasvan Puiu .... horse handler (as Razvan Puiu)
Titi Radoaie .... production assistant
Catherine Russell .... production coordinator
Iulian Timofte .... key set production assistant
Iulian Timofte .... production assistant
Dana Toader .... laboratory process supervisor
Jo Cameron Brown .... dialect coach (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA15+ (TV rating) | South Africa:18 | UK:18 (DVD rating) | USA:TV-MA (cable rating)

Did You Know?

Part of the plot involves a string of pearls. The Sweeney Todd story first appeared in a story entitled 'The String of Pearls: A Romance'.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Some of the "corpses" Todd is chopping up in his cellar are still breathing.See more »
[first lines]
Man in crowd:She runs a brothel with these two. Obviously hasn't been pounding the justice enough. They'll make her pay in Newgate.
Mrs Lovett:Stop it! It's wrong!
Man in crowd:Get off me! Of course you'd stick up for that sorry slut.
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Another Close Shave, 23 June 2008
Author: JoeytheBrit from

Dave Moore's TV version of the infamous tale of the bloodthirsty barber Sweeney Todd unsurprisingly bears little relation to Tim Burton's musical version released the following year. This one is much more matter-of-fact in its portrayal of Todd's descent into madness, and gives his motive for killing as revenge for being jailed in Newgate prison as a child for a crime committed by his father. Initially, there is a skewed sense of justice to Todd's reason for killing off his clients but, as his blood lust (and feelings for the neighbouring Mrs Lovett) grows stronger his reasons become less calculated.

Ray Winstone plays Todd. He is a fine actor, but loses some of his screen presence by choosing to underplay the role, his voice rarely betraying any kind of emotion. Despite this it's a choice that suits the character, even if it doesn't the actor. Cutting up his victims in the cellar of his barber shop, stripped to the waist, his bare head gleaming white and his mouth slack, Winstone makes a truly grotesque monster, one made all the more frightening because he is otherwise an extremely quiet and ordinary man.

There's a lot of violence in the film, a lot of slit throats and mutilation of corpses, but, again, it's not given any kind of sensationalistic value. Essie Davis plays Mrs Lovett, another decent character whose descent into monstrosity is sparked by the things that have happened to her rather than any inherent evil. She turns into a grotesque parody of herself as the film progresses, her beauty destroyed by pox scars, sporting fine wigs made by Todd that sit incongruously atop her ruined features. It's all very grim and dark and there is no place for humour, even of the gallows variety. Perhaps a touch of humour, especially on the part of Todd, is what is needed to both round out his character and make his monstrous actions that much more horrific…

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