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Brimstone & Treacle (1982)

A strange young man has a sinister effect on the family of a middle-aged writer.

Director:

Richard Loncraine

Writers:

Dennis Potter (play), Dennis Potter (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sting ... Martin Taylor
Denholm Elliott ... Tom Bates
Joan Plowright ... Norma Bates
Suzanna Hamilton ... Patricia Bates
Benjamin Whitrow ... Businessman
Dudley Sutton ... Stroller
Mary MacLeod Mary MacLeod ... Valerie Holdsworth
Tim Preece Tim Preece ... Clergyman
Elizabeth Bradley Elizabeth Bradley ... Woman Passer By
Hugh Walters Hugh Walters ... Man
Christopher Fairbanks Christopher Fairbanks ... Drunk
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Storyline

Brimstone and Treacle is a modern gothic tale about the evil that men do and the price that must be paid to make things right. The film, a remake of a 1976 teleplay that included Denholm Elliot in its original cast as Mr. Bates, the film also included an incredibly cool soundtrack of songs by artists like The Go-Go's, The Police, Squeeze and an irreverently stylish 1930's little diddy called "Spread A Little Happiness", performed by Sting by himself. Written by Gerry Kissell <repdetect@yahoo.com>

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An intriguing fantasy of angelic innocence and devilish passion.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brimstone See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This film was made first as a tele-movie Brimstone and Treacle (1987) by the BBC1 six years earlier in 1976 as part of their 'Play for Today' series but the tele-play was banned and withdrawn from being broadcast because of a rape scene. The TV play was eventually first broadcast in 1987 which was about five years after this cinema movie version (which had been made later) had been released. See more »

Quotes

Tom Bates: You could be the Devil himself.
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Opening credits are listed on the pages of a book floating on moving water. See more »

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References A Kind of Loving (1962) See more »

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Up the Junction
Written by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook
Performed by Squeeze
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Disturbing yet engrossing film
16 September 2007 | by tresdodgeSee all my reviews

A middle class commuter belt couple Mr Bates (Denholm Elliot) and Mrs Bates (Joan Plowright) are duped into taking a charming young man Martin(Sting)into their house to help care for their catatonic daughter (Suzanna Hamilton). Martin claims to have been close to their daughter before an accident left her unable to communicate. As the film progresses the couple mistakenly start to trust Martin and dark family secrets are revealed.

Originally a stage play written by Dennis Potter the film is in turn engrossing, disturbing and claustrophobic. Denholm Elliot is as ever brilliant as the lonely and disturbed father figure, Sting puts in a good performance as a strange and demonic young man, Joan Plowright is very good as the maternal and naive housewife.

The two slight let downs for me were the music which I did'nt feel fitted in well with the film and the main fantasy sequence which did'nt stand the test of time well.

Other than that the film held my attention throughout, the direction by Richard Loncraine was extremely capable, all in all an intriguing and idiosyncratic piece which is well worth a watch.


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