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Mack the Knife (1989)

In nineteenth century London, a young girl falls for a famous womanizing criminal, and they decide to get married. Her family strongly disapproves, so her father, "the king of thieves", gets the gangster arrested.

Director:

Menahem Golan

Writer:

Menahem Golan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raul Julia ... MacHeath
Richard Harris ... Mr. Peachum
Julia Migenes ... Jenny Diver
Roger Daltrey ... Street Singer
Julie Walters ... Mrs. Peachum
Rachel Robertson Rachel Robertson ... Polly Peachum
Clive Revill ... Money Matthew
Bill Nighy ... Tiger Brown
Erin Donovan ... Lucy Brown
Julie T. Wallace ... Coaxer
Louise Plowright ... Dolly
Elizabeth Seal ... Molly
Chrissie Kendall Chrissie Kendall ... Betty
Miranda Garrison Miranda Garrison ... Esmeralda
Mark Northover ... Jimmy Jewels
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Storyline

In nineteenth century London, a young girl falls for a famous womanizing criminal, and they decide to get married. Her family strongly disapproves, so her father, "the king of thieves", gets the gangster arrested.

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Taglines:

Scoundrel, liar, thief... They all loved him. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Netherlands | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Koldusopera See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Rachel Robertson received an "introducing" credit. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Street Singer: Happy endings, nice and tidy, its a rule I, Learnt in school. Just get your money every Friday, happy endings are the rule. Keep on smiling, go home singing, and remember, that in life; you can love him, or you can hate him, but they'll always be Mack the Knife!
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Connections

Version of The Beggar's Opera (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

The Cannon Song
Written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill with English lyrics by Marc Blitzstein
Performed by Raul Julia, Bill Nighy & Company
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Really Awful Filming of a Masterpiece
27 July 2018 | by joe-pearce-1See all my reviews

I dare anyone knowledgeable in opera or musical theater history to watch this film and find even a scintilla of greatness carried over from the original score and various stage productions. The only principal who can lay claim to a real singing voice is Julia Migenes, and though top-billed among the female performers, she really doesn't have much to do, and what she does makes very little impression; you would not ever know that she was one of the world's leading opera stars for about a quarter-century. The rest is uncompromisingly bleak and shoddy looking, with nothing even good, let alone great, emerging from it. Raul Julia was sometimes a great stage actor and an occasionally effective film one, but he is devoid of anything like the charisma Macheath should exhibit in this iconic role. Julie Walters is okay, but looks like a refugee from Mrs. Lovett's pie shop in SWEENEY TODD. Harris is doing Harris, which early on was very interesting, but led into a kind of sameness in line delivery in his later films that was also mirrored by other great talents gone sour with age and boredom - say late Bette Davis and Ray Milland. Altogether a depressing experience, and I must admit that until I saw this film on a list recently, I had no idea it even existed. As to why it is has not been available on DVD, I can only say I'm not surprised.


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