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The Tale of Sweeney Todd (1997)

The fictional tale of the murderous nineteenth century barber (Sir Ben Kinglsey) who sold his kills to a neighboring butcher (Joanna Lumley) for her renowned meat pies. A young innocent (... See full summary »

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Peter Buckman, Peter Shaw (story adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Sweeney Todd
Campbell Scott ... Ben Carlyle
Joanna Lumley ... Mrs. Lovett
Selina Boyack Selina Boyack ... Alice
David Wilmot ... Tom
Sean Flanagan Sean Flanagan ... Charlie (as Séan Ó'Flanagain)
Katharine Schlesinger ... Lucy
John Kavanagh ... Rutledge
Joe Savino ... Chambers
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Vicar
Peter Jeffrey ... Dr. Maxwell
Peter Woodthorpe ... Mannheim
Bosco Hogan ... Head Clerk
Birdy Sweeney Birdy Sweeney ... Elderly Cutter
Des Braiden ... Bald Toothless Man
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The fictional tale of the murderous nineteenth century barber (Sir Ben Kinglsey) who sold his kills to a neighboring butcher (Joanna Lumley) for her renowned meat pies. A young innocent (Selina Boyack) and the dashing inspector (Campbell Scott) who tries to solve the murders are also thrown into the mix. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The Original Serial Killer


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Country:

Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'échoppe des horreurs See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The final movie of Peter Jeffrey (Dr. Maxwell). See more »

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Version of Sweeney Todd (1926) See more »

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One of the two better versions of a classic tale
1 February 2005 | by todmichelSee all my reviews

This TV-movie ranks as one of the two best versions of the classic tale of Sweeney Todd, the other one being - of course - the 1936 black-&-white movie starring Tod Slaughter.Ben Kingsley and Joanna Lumley are terrific - and their approach of the famous characters is in the true spirit of horror melodrama: a perilous "exercice de style" between horror and comedy. All the other actors are excellent, the sets are wonderful in their creepiness, a touch of gore is added to good measure, and Schlesinger's direction is faultless. This TV-movie could be shown in movie theaters, as a "legitimate" picture - in fact, it's well above most of the current movies...

Incidentally, this version is an Irish-British coproduction, certainly not "an American production" as wrongly mentioned in some posts.


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