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The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 5 August 1960 (USA)
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A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writer:

Charles B. Griffith (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jonathan Haze ... Seymour Krelborn
Jackie Joseph ... Audrey Fulquard
Mel Welles ... Gravis Mushnick
Dick Miller ... Fouch
Myrtle Vail ... Winifred Krelborn
Karyn Kupcinet ... Shirley (as Tammy Windsor)
Toby Michaels ... Shirley's Friend
Leola Wendorff ... Mrs. Shiva
Lynn Storey Lynn Storey ... Mrs. Hortense Feuchtwanger
Wally Campo ... Sgt. Joe Fink / Narrator
Jack Warford ... Detective Frank Stoolie
Meri Welles ... Leonora Clyde (as Merri Welles)
John Herman Shaner John Herman Shaner ... Dr. Phoebus Farb (as John Shaner)
Jack Nicholson ... Wilbur Force
Dodie Drake Dodie Drake ... Waitress
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Storyline

When clumsy Seymour Krelborn spoils two of a client's flowers, his boss Gravis Mushnick is ready to fire him from his flower shop until Seymour says he has mixed two different breeds of plant at home to create the "Audrey Jr." hybrid. Mushnick agrees to give Seymour another chance, and the next day Seymour brings in Audrey Jr., which becomes Mushnick's pride and joy and draws interest from his other employee Audrey Fulquard and more and more of their clients. Suddenly the plant ails, and Seymour accidentally learns that she likes blood. Upset because he doesn't know how to feed her, he walks along the railroad track and throws a stone that accidentally hits the head of a man who falls on the track and a train runs over him. Seymour takes pieces of the body back to the shop and discovers that the plant likes human flesh. The next morning, Audrey Jr. has grown and become the attraction of the shop. But how will Seymour feed his plant again? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The store with more. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

Howard R. Cohen learned from Charles B. Griffith that when the film was being edited, "there was a point where two scenes would not cut together. It was just a visual jolt, and it didn't work. And they needed something to bridge that moment. They found, in the editing room, a nice shot of the moon, they cut it in, and it worked. Twenty years go by. I'm at the studio one day. Chuck comes running up to me and says, 'You've got to see this!' It was a magazine article--eight pages on the symbolism of the moon in The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)." See more »

Goofs

Jackie Joseph's character name appears to be spelled incorrectly as "Audry" in the end credits. On the sign outside of Mushnick's shop advertising the new plant, the name appears as "Audrey" Junior, the spelling most often used for this name. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sgt. Joe Fink: [voiceover over a panning shot of a drawing of a sleazy neighbourhood] My name is Sergeant Joe Fink, working the 24-hour shift out of homicide. And this is my workshop. The part of town that everybody knows about, but that nobody wants to see - where the tragedies are deeper, the ecstasy's wilder and the crime rate consistently higher than anywhere else. Skid Row... my beat.
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Alternate Versions

The Filmgroup Inc. opening logo is cut from some prints. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Full House: Little Shop of Sweaters (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
(1616) (uncredited)
Music by R. Melish (1780 ?)
Lyrics by Ben Jonson (in poem To Celia) (1616)
Sung a cappella by Myrtle Vail
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Charming little movie to watch over and over again
3 December 2003 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

If there is ONE movie that made Roger Corman THE king of low-budget quickies, it's The Little Shop of Horrors!! Practically no budget and shot in two days this movie still looks very decent now, almost 45 years later. That's quite an effort if you ask me and it's good to see that this movie finally received the status of immortal cult movie.

This is a very charming little movie, to say the least. The story is simple but it keeps you alert all the time ( originally, it was meant to be a sequel to Bucket of Blood ) but it's the characters that steal the show. Every character that walks through the screen is exceptional and hilarious. We've got a guy who feeds on flowers, an old lady who loses a family member every day, a mother with a fetish for diseases, a masochistic undertaker who visits the dentist and almost has an orgasm ( legendary appearance by Jack Nicholson in one of his first roles ) and a whole bunch of others...Too much to list, actually. Jonathan Haze is brilliant as the dumb florist assistant in love. He created a new type of plant and that causes a whole lot of trouble...and comedy.

Watch Little Shop of Horrors for it's value in cult cinema, maybe. Or because Roger Corman is an interesting director who deserves to be checked out. Or you could watch it to see where Jack Nicholson started his impressive career a long time ago. But - most of all - watch it because it's an adorable little movie with very funny sequences and a lot of low-budget charm. The 80's musical version by Frank Oz is also worth a look but it doesn't come close to this original version.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Passionate People Eater See more »

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Budget:

$27,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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