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Sweeney Todd (2006)

A BBC adaptation of the Victorian "penny dreadful" tale of 18th century "demon barber" Sweeney Todd, of Fleet Street, who cuts the throats of unsuspecting clients in his London shop.

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David Moore

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Joshua St Johnston (as Joshua St. Johnston)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Winstone ... Sweeney Todd
Essie Davis ... Mrs Lovett
David Warner ... Fielding
Tom Hardy ... Matthew
David Bradley ... Sweeney's Father
Roger Frost Roger Frost ... Customer
Anthony O'Donnell ... Gaoler
David Foxxe David Foxxe ... Rector
Ben Walker ... Tobias
Jessica Hooker Jessica Hooker ... Polly
Paul Currier Paul Currier ... Thornhill
Mircea Drimbareanu ... Mr Lovett (as Mircea Drambareanu)
Gabriel Spahiu ... Thief
Vlad Radescu Vlad Radescu ... Sailor
Bogdan Cotlet Bogdan Cotlet ... Youth
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A BBC adaptation of the Victorian "penny dreadful" tale of 18th century "demon barber" Sweeney Todd, of Fleet Street, who cuts the throats of unsuspecting clients in his London shop.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.


Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweeney Todd - O Barbeiro Canibal See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Part of the plot involves a string of pearls. The Sweeney Todd story first appeared in a story entitled 'The String of Pearls: A Romance'. See more »

Goofs

When Sweeney is shaving the Jailer right at the start of the program we see him shave his top lip clean, then it cuts to a close shot of Sweeney and back to the Jailer. His top lip now has a full layer of shaving foam. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man in crowd: She runs a brothel with these two. Obviously hasn't been pounding the justice enough. They'll make her pay in Newgate.
Mrs Lovett: Stop it! It's wrong!
Man in crowd: Get off me! Of course you'd stick up for that sorry slut.
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Connections

Version of The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936) See more »

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Sweeney Todd (2006)
31 December 2011 | by SnakesOnAnAfricanPlainSee all my reviews

Exactly how a wonderful story such as Sweeney Todd should be told. Everything about this production is head and shoulders above everything else. First up, we have the setting. This is truly a disgusting London, filled with waste and disease. Next we have Winstone, giving an astonishing performance. It shows how someone like Depp is a performer, but fails to attach himself to the emotional complexity of such a character. Winstone doesn't just decide that people are scum and start offing them. His first kill is a sudden and regrettable impulse. He even checks on the body later in the hopes that he isn't dead. Like so many real-life killers, Winstone's motivations come from a deep rooted psychological trauma. As he continues, the killing becomes the norm. It's his answer to vengeance, suspicion, and his way of attracting a woman. Davis is also brilliant as Lovett. For once this isn't some creepy madwoman, but a fragile and easily manipulated pawn. I can't speak highly enough of this film, or the way it demonstrates how stories from over a hundred years ago, can still be fresh and involving.


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