Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey's sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey's ex. Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it?Written by
The off Broadway show wasn't a nostalgia piece, per se. Although it starts with the introduction of "in a decade not too far from our own", the fashion in the theater show is non descriptive, it does not look like the early 60s, the way the movie does so pointedly. See more »
When Audrey talks to Audrey II on the phone, her left hand disappears from the receiver between shots. See more »
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"Special Thanks" are given to Paul Dooley, because his scenes as Patrick Martin were cut and re-cast with Jim Belushi. Dooley's scenes are restored for the Director's cut, and consequently Belushi gets the "Special Thanks" instead. See more »
Initial screenings included many deviations from the version of the film that went into general release:
-The film opens with a different narrator (the same man heard on the soundtrack album.)
-After Mr. Mushnik says, "I'm beginning to think maybe he's not such a nice boy," Audrey replies, "You don't meet nice boys when you live on Skid Row, Mr. Mushnik." (This line made it into some of the original trailers.)
-"Skid Row" opens with a different singer (Bertice Reading's vocals were later re-dubbed by co-star Michelle Weeks).
-After Audrey's verse in the song "Skid Row," shots of the local residents are edited in a different order, including a few alternate shots.
-As Seymour heads to the basement at the beginning of "Grow for Me," Crystal, Chiffon and Ronette pass by the storefront window singing, the camera follows them along the sidewalk and pans down to the basement window, where Seymour looks out.
-When Weird Wink Wilkinson makes machine gun noises, it cuts to shots of people in the radio studio laughing, and Wink then declares, "What a rotten shot!"
-"Some Fun Now" includes an extra verse, an alternate instrumental solo (both are heard on the soundtrack album), as well as additional shots of Seymour squeezing blood out of his finger and into Audrey II's eager jaws.
-There is an extended scene of Orin laughing at the photo of the dog's mouth.
-The dismemberment of Orin is substantially longer and features a completely different musical orchestration.
-The camera circles over Seymour's head as he lies in bed trying to sleep. In the widely released version, Seymour sits beside the bed, unable to sleep.
-"The Meek Shall Inherit" includes a lengthy, surreal dream sequence and all of Seymour's dialogue (heard on the soundtrack album) is intact.
-In an alternate scene, Audrey asks Seymour when Mr. Mushnik will be back from visiting his sister in Czechoslovakia, Seymour proposes to her, says they'll move to Alaska to be away from plants, and the lovers sing a brief reprise of "Suddenly Seymour."
-The reprise of "Somewhere That's Green" and Audrey's death are intact.
-"Don't Feed the Plants" is severely truncated, running approximately 3 minutes in total. See more »
A Wacky and "Out There" Musical that's a lot of Fun...
The 1986 film version of the Broadway musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is an entertaining movie based on the black comedy from the 1960's about a nerdy milquetoast who raises a man-eating plant that gets totally out of control. Rick Moranis is perfection as Seymour, the nebbish who is at a loss at what to do when his own Frankenstein grows too big for him to control and Ellen Greene (reprising her role in the original musical) is delightful as Audrey, the object of Seymour's affections. Moranis and Greene make one of the most engaging screen teams I've seen in a while. Vincent Gardenia plays the greedy flower shop owner, Mr. Mushnik and Bill Murray is hysterically funny in one scene as Arthur Denton, a man who seems to enjoy going to the dentist a little too much. Tischina Arnold, Tisha Campbell, and Michelle Weeks are awesome as the Greek Chorus known as "The Urchins" and Steve Martin practically steals the movie as "Orin Scrivello, DDS". His song "Be a Dentist" is hysterically funny. The voice of the plant, Audrey II, is provided by Levar Stubbs of The Four Tops and he is superb. A fun musical comedy that the whole family can enjoy.
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