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Three Penny Opera (1963)

Die Dreigroschenoper (original title)
The Gangster Macheath secretly marries the daughter of beggar king Peachum. When Peachum finds out, he instructs the police chief Brown to arrest and hang Macheath. If not, all the beggars of Soho will disturb the upcoming coronation.

Director:

Wolfgang Staudte

Writers:

Bertolt Brecht (libretto), Wolfgang Staudte (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Curd Jürgens ... Captain Macheath
Hildegard Knef ... Jenny Diver (as Hildegarde Neff)
Gert Fröbe ... J.J. Peachum
Hilde Hildebrand ... Mrs. Celia Peachum
June Ritchie ... Polly Peachum
Lino Ventura ... 'Tiger' Brown
Marlene Warrlich Marlene Warrlich ... Lucy
Walter Giller ... Beggar Filch
Hans W. Hamacher Hans W. Hamacher ... Constable Smith
Henning Schlüter Henning Schlüter ... Reverend Kimball
Hans Reiser Hans Reiser ... A Guide
Siegfried Wischnewski ... Matthias
Walter Feuchtenberg Walter Feuchtenberg ... Jakob
Stanislav Ledinek Stanislav Ledinek ... Robert
Martin Berliner Martin Berliner ... Wally the Weeper
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Storyline

The Gangster Macheath secretly marries the daughter of beggar king Peachum. When Peachum finds out, he instructs the police chief Brown to arrest and hang Macheath. If not, all the beggars of Soho will disturb the upcoming coronation.

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Genres:

Drama | Musical

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Trivia

An earlier off-Broadway version (English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein), because it was a special "showcase" production, had a large turnover among its cast members. At one point, however, it featured Bea Arthur as Lucy Brown, and Paul Dooley and John Astin as two of MacHeath's men. Also among the cast for part of the run was Edward Asner as Peachum. See more »

Alternate Versions

Sammy Davis Jr. appears only in the American version. See more »

Connections

Version of The Beggar's Opera (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Mack the Knife
(reprise) (uncredited)
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
Performed by Sammy Davis Jr.
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lifeless, disappointing production of an excellent musical play
10 January 2002 | by claia_bryjaSee all my reviews

I've seen several stagings of this musical play-- even acted in it once in college-- and I have enjoyed the liveliness of every staging. The movie, however, is quite dead. The characters are stilted and almost everything is presented in a dry and detached manner-- so detached that the viewer can't really appreciate the important ironies of the plot even while being hit over the head with them. I also felt that the camera work was very uninspired. This film is still worth seeing just because "Die Dreigroschenoper" is an excellent play; but, if you have a choice, I'd recommend that you go see it performed as a play.


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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

21 February 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Penny Opera See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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