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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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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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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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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Raul Julia went on to play Gomez Addams in The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993), a role previously played on television by John Astin. Bill Nighy had previously played Sam Gamgee in BBC Radio's Lord of the Rings production. That role was subsequently played on film by Sean Astin. See more »

Quotes

Peachum: Locks, bolts and bars can't stop a bitch in heat!
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Version of Die Dreigroschenoper (1995) See more »

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I Prefer Duet
Written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill with English lyrics by Marc Blitzstein
Performed by Richard Harris & Julie Walters
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Clearing up a broadly-held misconception
19 January 2006 | by krasnegarSee all my reviews

In fact, Marc Blitzstein's off-Broadway adaptation of "Threepenny" was not so "bowdlerised" as is generally believed.

(I have a special interest in "Threepenny"; my dad was part of the first full production in the US; U of Illlinois Theatre Guild did it around the end of WW2. HJitler had been so nearly successful in suppressing the play that they had to reconstruct the script and score from recordings in two different languages {neither English}, a German prompter's script and similar sources.) Blitzstein's adaptation -- not a "translation" -- which had the full approval of Lotte Lenya -- was a lot closer to the original than generally believed.

The problem is that the version thereof that most people know is the MGM cast recording (recently available on Polygram on CD)(which includes Beatrice Arthur {as Lucy, the "big complete girl", and can't i see her hands on hips and shoulders thrown back on that line -- Bea was a major babe in the 50's}, Paul Dooley and John Astin) was heavily censored by Mike Curb, head of MGM Records -- i mean, 17 (i think it was) "Goddamn"s got cut to just "damn".

(At one time, MGM also offered a 2-LP set of the *entire* play, doubtless as heavily censored.)


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