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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.

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(screenplay by), (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 overview, first billed only:
... Audrey II (voice)
... Seymour Krelborn
... Audrey
... Mushnik
... Orin Scrivello - D.D.S.
... Crystal
... Ronette
... Chiffon (as Tisha Campbell)
... Patrick Martin (as James Belushi)
... Wink Wilkinson
... The First Customer
... Arthur Denton
... Narrator (voice) (as Stanley Jones)
... 'Downtown' Old Woman
... '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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Put a rare houseplant on your television. It talks. It sings. It eats people. (Home Video ad) See more »


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

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19 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der kleine Horrorladen  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vincent Gardenia and Christopher Guest also appeared in Death Wish. See more »

Goofs

In the opening number, right after Ronette sings "hear the sturm und drang in the air" you hear Crystal and Chiffon sing "yeah, yeah, yeah" but their mouths don't move at all. 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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"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 »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Driller: A Sexual Thriller (2014) See more »

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Dentist!
Written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Arranged and Adapted by Bob Gaudio and Robby Merkin
Produced by Bob Gaudio
Performed by Steve Martin, Michelle Weeks, Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell-Martin with Robby Merkin and Robert Billig
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Spectacular film, a piece of real genius

Noting the several comments from people who hated or just didn't "get" this film, I am more convinced than ever that democracy is a rather lame idea since many people are simply too stupid or vapid to deserve a vote. But I digress....

I laughed my ass off when I first heard that "Little Shop" was being remade as a musical, and gleefully predicted that it would be an even bigger turd than the musical remake of "Lost Horizon" -- truly one of the most ghastly things that ever soiled a piece of film. I rented the presumed-abominable "Little Shop" musical, invited a few friends over, and we flat fell in love with this movie. None of us are even big fans of musicals; I liked "Carousel" and "Oklahoma," but that's pretty much my complete list of musicals that will bear re-watching. And now this one!

Boy, did I ever call this one wrong, and I'm damned glad I did. I've seen it ten or fifteen times, and caught pieces of it another few dozen times while flipping channels. I never tire of it. It's that good.

The music is fabulous (as many others have commented), and every piece of casting is perfect. Rick Moranis, who I never thought of as anything other than a competent character actor, does a grand job; he's actually VERY competent and perfect for this role. Surprisingly, he does an amazingly good job of singing (if it was lip-synched, the voice-match was simply perfect). His stock shot up a lot of points with me for this work. His duet work with Ellen Greene (particularly on the operatic "Suddenly Seymour") was superb, though I'll bet he was sorely intimidated to be belting out a duet with someone with the power and range of the incredible Ellen Greene. But he rips right in, carries it off beautifully, and magic happens. There are a lot of tremendous voices in "Little Shop," but "Suddenly Seymour" never fails to bring out the goose bumps for me. How that tiny little woman can shake the walls like that is a great mystery -- my God, what a pair of lungs!

Everyone else has sung the praises of Levi Stubbs and Steve Martin, and a raft of other cameo roles, so I'll just say, "Ditto."

As I said, I was a big fan of the very dark "original" version, and I never saw the stage play. I've read enough about the "original" ending of this musical (which I won't spoil) to believe that I'd have liked the "original" ending at least as much as the basically "happy" ending we were left with. I'd love to see a DVD with both versions, just to compare.

I was perfectly prepared to hate this film, and particularly since I have nothing but disgust for Geffen, personally. However, this has become one of my favorite films of all time -- certainly on my "Top 30" or thereabouts, maybe even "Top 20."


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