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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) (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
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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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plant | florist | shop | eclipse | dentist | See All (74) »

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Shop of Horrors See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,659,884, 21 December 1986

Gross USA:

$38,982,260

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,982,260
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Geffen Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The dentist's office originally was more grungy and blood-splattered but those details did not go over well with test audiences. The set was cleaned up and the scenes re-shot for the final film. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in the early-'60s however at least two cars of later production are seen: the taxi that passes Seymour as he walks to the market during "Da-Doo" is a 1974 Checker, and a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle is seen driving past Mushnik when he leaves his store. 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

A 23 minute alternate ending, faithful to the original, stage ending, was originally shot. In it, Audrey and Seymour are eaten by Audrey II, and, after it becomes a worldwide sensation, the world is taken over by various Audrey IIs (à la a classic B-movie horror flick.) It featured miniature effects by Richard Conway, who worked nearly a year and spent about $5 million on the sequence of Audrey II's takeover, and two songs; a reprise of "Somewhere That's Green," in which Audrey, after being attacked by Audrey II, tells Seymour to feed her to the plant after she dies so she can always be with him, and "Don't Feed The Plants," in which an off-screen chorus warns the audience not to feed the plants, no matter what they offer you. Paul Dooley appears as Patrick Martin in this version. After two failed test screenings in San Jose and Los Angeles, in which the audiences rejected the ending, the theatrical, "happy" ending was shot, in which both Audrey and Seymour survive, and Audrey II is destroyed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in DuckTales: The Depths of Cousin Fethry! (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

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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"Am I dreaming this?" "No, and you ain't in Kansas, neither."
5 August 2019 | by ryan-10075See all my reviews

First off I must say that I love this movie that was wonderfully directed by Frank Oz. Always have since the first time I saw it as a youngster. It is a remake of sorts to the 1960 Roger Corman film under the same title. But, this film is based on the play that was based on that film. This film is filled from beginning to end with great, super-catchy early 60s inspired songs that many of the main characters sing.

The plot is about a nerdy florist Seymour Krelborn (played to perfection by Rick Moranis) who seems to stumble across a new plant that he has growing in the basement of Mushnik's (Vincent Gardenia) where he also works and lives. He has called the plant Audrey II due to his affection for his coworker Audrey (great performance by Ellen Greene). Once he finds out though that it takes blood to feed his new plant he must soon find ways to feed the plant that has given Mushnik's a ton of business.

I must say that apart from the great songs, wonderful puppetry of the Audrey II plant is that the acting to me is top notch. No one gives a below par performance from Steve Martin as the super abusive, drug addicted dentist named Orin Scrivello (don't forget the DDS) who loves to inflict pain on people to Bill Murray who plays Arthur Denton who loves pain and wants Orin to give him a long, slow root canal. The whole time Murray is on screen I am laughing. Martin though in this film must play the worst human being he has ever played that I remember anyways. Martin sings "Dentist!" which might be the funniest song in the film. Audrey II is voiced by Levi Stubbs who sang with The Four Tops and really I think they made the perfect choice as he can really sing, but also really bring out the bad attitude that Audrey II has.

Also starring John Candy, Jim Belushi, Tisha Campbell and Christopher Guest.

So if you think you might like The Muppets Meet 60s B-Movie with 60s styled music with a blend of horror and sci-fi give it a try.


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