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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.

Director:

Frank Oz

Writers:

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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Levi Stubbs ... Audrey II (voice)
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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Don't feed the plants. 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der kleine Horrorladen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,659,884, 21 December 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,747,385
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Geffen Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Candy was offered the part of Mushnik. He asked if there where some minor roles. Oz said Wink Winklson, and he accepted. See more »

Goofs

In the "Somewhere That's Green" number, they show two scenes from "I Love Lucy". The first scene has her spitting all the chocolate into her chef's hat and the second scene has her having a chocolate fight with a co-worker. In actuality, the chocolate fight scene came early in the episode and the chocolate in the chef's hat came at the end of the show. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Roger Corman (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Grow For Me
Written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Arranged and Adapted by Bob Gaudio and Robby Merkin
Produced by Bob Gaudio
Performed by Rick Moranis, Michelle Weeks, Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell-Martin
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Not as great as the original Corman version, but original in its own way
19 April 2000 | by Casey-52See all my reviews

I am usually not a big fan of musicals turned into film (except in the case of films like "Fame" or Busby Berkeley films), but "Little Shop of Horrors" surprised me. I rushed right out and bought the soundtrack! The music is excellent, very tongue-in-cheek, great lyrics, music reminiscent of the 50s (the female chorus members are named after girl groups: Crystal, Ronette, Chiffon), and just fun to listen to.

The ensemble cast is one of the best in recent history. Everybody in the film acts in a role tailor-made for them! Rick Moranis as a geek, Ellen Greene as a bubbly blonde, Steve Martin as a cool biker dentist, Bill Murray as a giggling masochist, Vincent Gardenia as a slob flower shop owner, etc.

Fans of the original Corman film will be deeply disappointed. Gone is all and any dark humor from that film. I deeply miss the scene where Seymour considers getting a hooker to feed to Audrey II (Seymour: "You're too bony?" Hooker: "Bony? [exposes torso] What do you think this is? Chopped liver?")! But all that is missing is replaced by fun musical numbers, sleazy sets, and a much better Audrey II plant. The musical version ended with Audrey being eaten and Seymour sacrificing himself to the plant, but the movie's ending is made to be happier...sort of...

Recommended for everyone, even those who aren't fans of musicals!


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