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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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Parents Guide:

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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

In the Church scene, the Lord's Prayer is being recited. The version that is used (beginning "Our Father, who art ...." was not in use until 1928. The only version that would have been used in Todd's time is that from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, which begins "Our Father, which art ...", and differs in a number of other details. 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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Version of Sweeney Todd (1926) See more »

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Sweeney Todd in reality not the fairytale that we grew up with...
18 November 2006 | by LilyRFoxSee all my reviews

I watched this when it first aired on BBC television and, coming from London and having grown up with the Sweeney story, I was quite excited at the prospect of this version. It seemed a good idea because Sweeney began as a Victorian comic book story anyway,so dramatising it for a modern audience is the logical next step.

When I saw it, I thought it was very good. It did not, however, recapture that youthful, dark fairytale quality that I loved (and all children love) but it did create very real characters. The story is actually disturbing in the sense that Sweeney, who is himself the murderer, is character you feel sympathy toward. This television production is as a previous reviewer said 'not for all tastes', but if you get caught in the story and put it into the context that a Victorian London was actually reading this amazing tale, then this film will get you snared in it web like Sweeney got his victims in the barber's chair. For fans of this programme: You'll probably remember that this was billed as a 15 or so certificate for BBC 1 when it aired, but an 18 certificate directors cut is on release and is supposedly very good so watch out for it!


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