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Brimstone & Treacle (1982)

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

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Complete credited cast:
... Martin Taylor
... Tom Bates
... Norma Bates
Suzanna Hamilton ... Patricia Bates
... Businessman
... Stroller
Mary MacLeod ... Valerie Holdsworth
Tim Preece ... Clergyman
Elizabeth Bradley ... Woman Passer By
Hugh Walters ... Man
Christopher Fairbanks ... Drunk
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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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The film was not a box-office success. It only ended up being profitable because soundtrack sales and video rentals did well. See more »

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Tom Bates: Miss Holdsworth, raise your skirt please.
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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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A Kind of Loving
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Written and performed by The Police
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"What she needs is love...lots of it!"
26 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw this when it was fresh on video and it is weird. Like TRACK 29 by Nicolas Roeg is weird. Both films have screenplays by the irrepressibly strange (God bless him) Dennis Potter; This one has 2 heavyweights of the British theater, Denholm Elliot and Joan Plowright, and a thoroughly convincing STING as ...what? An evil sprite? The devil himself? watch it and try to come to your own conclusion; that is the pleasure of this odd little gem.

Richard Loncraine has style to burn and he fills the screen with expertly crafted compositions and he has a nice tendency to use slightly wide-angle lenses to make everyday objects take on a malevolent aspect; he knows how to shoot STING, in order to make him look sinister, that is for sure. Bravo.

Over the years I have shown this to many different people and it always captivates them and holds their attention from the first frame to the last. I would have to say this is my favorite of anything Dennis Potter has written to hit the cinema screens,so far. He is a difficult artist do do justice to, but BRIMSTONE & TREACLE delivers the goods,in spades. Its darkly funny and also thoroughly squirm-inducing in places. The acting is all first rate; Denholm Elliot is magnificent as the repressed and domineering husband; he projects a marvelous sense of twitchy hostility and discomfort; watching him agonize is one of the films strange pleasures. And Sting is fantastic. I think a lot of people here on the IMDb are being unfair to him because of his pop stardom, but I think he delivers an excellent performance, full of sly menace and sinister charm.


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