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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 ... 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

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

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daughter | guilt | remake | invalid | sex | See All (27) »

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An intriguing fantasy of angelic innocence and devilish passion.

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Dennis Potter's original play was a mirror image of his earlier work, Play for Today: Angels Are So Few (1970), where a young man who believes himself to be an angel causes death and unhappiness wherever he goes. See more »

Quotes

Tom Bates: Miss Holdsworth, raise your skirt please.
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Crazy Credits

End credits are listed on turning pages of a book. See more »

Connections

Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #10.5 (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

I Burn For You
Written by Sting
Performed by The Police
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Excellent film and soundtrack
30 December 2000 | by repdetec-3See all my reviews

Sting has, throughout his career, been involved in indie filmmaking. This was his second outing on film, his first being "Quadrophenia" by The Who.

With a passion towards dark humor, Sting involved himself in this remake of the teleplay that had also starred Denholm Elliot as Mr. Bates back in 1976.

"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. Also about how the actions of evil can still bring about an unintentional good.

The film also included an incredibly cool soundtrack of songs by The Go-Go's ("We've Got The Beat"), Squeeze ("Up The Junction"), The Police("How Stupid Mr Bates", "Only You", "A Kind of Loving" and "I Burn For You" and more...)and an irreverently stylish 1930's little diddy called "Spread A Little Happiness", was performed by Sting alone.

The song "I Burn For You" performed by The Police, unlike the later incarnation performed by Sting during his solo years, this original version has an almost funeral durge feel to it and adds to the dreamlike, if not nightmarish, quality of the film. This is not unlike the several other songs by The Police that make up most of the "Brimstone and Treacle" soundtrack.

If you have or have not seen the film, people who like the songs of The Police or just like the music from the 1980's, the film's soundtrack is something that should be added to your collection. And I do believe it is still available.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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