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Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

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A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.


Frank Oz


Howard Ashman (screenplay by), Howard Ashman (based on the musical play "Little Shop of Horrors") | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Levi Stubbs ... Audrey II (voice) (as Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops)
Rick Moranis ... Seymour Krelborn
Ellen Greene ... Audrey
Vincent Gardenia ... Mushnik
Steve Martin ... Orin Scrivello D.D.S.
Tichina Arnold ... Crystal
Michelle Weeks ... Ronette
Tisha Campbell-Martin ... Chiffon (as Tisha Campbell)
Jim Belushi ... Patrick Martin (as James Belushi)
John Candy ... Wink Wilkinson
Christopher Guest ... The First Customer
Bill Murray ... Arthur Denton
Stan Jones ... Narrator (voice) (as Stanley Jones)
Bertice Reading ... 'Downtown' Old Woman
Ed Wiley ... 'Downtown' Bum #1


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 HannahMontaniwitz

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A Singing Plant. A Daring Hero. A Sweet Girl. A Demented Dentist. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including comic horror violence, substance abuse, language and sex references | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Little Shop of Horrors comes from a long tradition of shows and plays that have a Greek Chorus. One of the first was Sophocles' famous play Antigone. Here is a list of some of the most well known and popular movies that have a Greek Chorus: Hercules (1997) The Muses, a Greek Chorus in the Greekest meaning of the word. (This one was actually a ripoff of the Greek chorus in Little Shop of Horrors; with their Supreme Copycats); Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Comic-reliefs Ragetti and Pintel; Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) The oompas loompas; Cat Ballou (1965) Stubby Kaye and Nat "King Cole" as the balladeers; Do the Right Thing (1989) Senor Love Daddy and the three people sitting across from the Korean grocer; The Big Lebowski (1998) The cowboy at the bar in the bowling alley; There's Something About Mary (1998) The (annoying) band; The Meaning of Life (1983) The goldfish in the tank; Tangled (2010) Pascal ; Little Shop of Horrors (1986) Crystal, Ronette and Chiffon ; Robin Hood (1973) Allan-a-Dale; Babe (1995); The three singing mice; Mighty Aphrodite (1995) The Greek Chorus (literally); Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995) Jack Warden (and also the dying people on videotapes); Fiddler on the Roof (1971) Tevya; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) Pseudolus; Who's Singin' Over There? (1980) The two Gipsy musicians; Also Rankin and Bass's The Hobbit (1978) and The Return of the King (1982); the narrator and the background chorus singing about the Baginses and the action onscreen. Also the Broadway version of Sweeney Todd had a Greek Chorus as well. In addition to this, the Andrew Loyd Weber shows Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcast and Cats, in which narrators sing about, introduce and comment on the action in the show, along with a backup chorus, can be said to have Greek Choruses as well. See more »


During the 'Downtown' sequence, just before Audrey appears when the bum sings 'subway', the lady on the extreme right turns to the beat with the other extras and trips on the cobblestones in her high heels. She continues singing the chorus with the rest of the cast, then when they all freeze she breaks character to look down at her feet to see what she tripped on. See more »


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Narrator: On the twenty-third day of the month of September, in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence. And this terrifying enemy surfaced, as such enemies often do, in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places...
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Crazy Credits

"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 »

Alternate Versions

In 1998, Warner Bros. released a special edition DVD of the film, with the original ending as an extra. A black and white dupe made after the LA preview, it was still in rough form, with some music and sound effects missing, and various special effects unfinished. Days after the release, producer David Geffin had the DVDs recalled and replaced with a version without the original ending. As a result, the recalled DVD has become a much sought-after collector's item. The original ending, as seen on the DVD, has also been uploaded to various torrent and video sharing sites. See more »


Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Horror Musicals (2016) See more »


Mean Green Mother From Outer Space
Written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Arranged and Adapted by Bob Gaudio and Robby Merkin
Produced by Bob Gaudio
Performed by Levi Stubbs and Chorus (Oren Waters, Maxine Waters Willard, Julia Waters, Lynn Davis, Tommy Funderburk, Siedah Garrett, Debra Dobkin, Luther Waters, Jay Gruska, Joe Pizzulo, Donny Gerrard, Monalisa Young and Gene Morford)
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18 June 2019 | by truemythmediaSee all my reviews

I absolutely loved this movie, and I'm kind of upset I didn't go out of my way to see it sooner. This movie is a hysterical parody of 50s monster movies that boasts hysterical moments and cameos, unforgettably catchy songs, and wears its huge sentimental heart on its sleeve; I can't recommend this enough.

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Release Date:

19 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Shop of Horrors See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,659,884, 21 December 1986

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Geffen Company See more »
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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