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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street


Overview - With its rivers of blood, this adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical isn't for the faint of heart--or stomach. But thanks to the black humor, impeccable production design, and gorgeous music, Tim Burton fans will want to sing after seeing SWEENEY TODD.  Read more...

 

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Overview

With its rivers of blood, this adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical isn't for the faint of heart--or stomach. But thanks to the black humor, impeccable production design, and gorgeous music, Tim Burton fans will want to sing after seeing SWEENEY TODD. For his sixth collaboration with the director, Johnny Depp stars as Benjamin Barker aka Sweeney Todd, a barber falsely imprisoned by Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman). After leaving prison, he comes back to Victorian London to find his wife poisoned and his daughter held captive. As he plots his revenge, Sweeney joins forces with Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), and while he preys on clients asking for a shave, his new partner turns the bodies into baked goods. But the judge still lives, and the razor-wielding madman wants his vengeance. Though it's a musical, SWEENEY TODD has more in common with Italian horror films such as SUSPIRIA than it does with CHICAGO. Even the horror-musical hybrid LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS pales in comparison to the darkness found here. Previous Burton-Depp pairings have veered toward the macabre, but this reaches a glorious new level. Though they've made excellent films apart, their partnership has produced some of their best work, including EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, ED WOOD, and now SWEENEY TODD. Depp demonstrates his rock-band roots as the antihero of the title with another amazing performance, while Bonham Carter is both hilarious and heartbreaking as the eager Mrs. Lovett. But credit also belongs to production designer Dante Ferretti, director of photography Dariusz Wolski, and, of course, Burton, for showing a sooty London that is just as dark as the film's subject matter. Source composer Sondheim should also be recognized for the haunting songs that threaten to stick in viewers' heads, but the film as a whole also deserves to be remembered for its beauty and brutality.

Awards:
2007 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction Winner

Cast List

Alan Rickman - British Film/Stage Actor
Tim Burton - American director
Timothy Burton - American director
Dante Ferretti - Production Designer, CASINO (1995)
Laurie MacDonald
Helena Bonham-Carter - British Actress
Walter F. Parkes - American Producer
Walter Parkes - American Producer
Timothy Spall - British Actor, TOPSY-TURVY (1999)
Stephen Sondheim - American Composer/Songwriter
Richard D. Zanuck - Producer
John Logan - Screenwriter
Johnny Depp - American Actor - SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STR
Jayne Wisener - Star, SWEENEY TODD
Sacha Baron Cohen - Actor, comedian, BORAT
Jamie Campbell Bower - Star, SWEENEY TODD
Hugh Wheeler - Screenwriter
Dariusz Wolski - Director of Photography, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE

 
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Movies > Musical & Performing Arts
Movies > Musicals

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Victorian Era
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Reviews:
"Mr. Burton's film adaptation of Mr. Sondheim's musical, is as dark and terrifying as any motion picture in recent memory....Expressing a breathtakingly, rigorously pessimistic view of human nature. It is also something close to a masterpiece..." - 12/21/2007 New York Times


"[T]his opulent, attentive production is splashed with signature style and hell-bent on entertaining..." -- Grade: B+ - 12/21/2007 Entertainment Weekly, p.54-55


3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he story takes in romance, suspense, melodrama, vengeance and madness along the way....Depp and Bonham Carter present their beating hearts on gore-streaked sleeves." - 02/01/2008 Total Film, p.50


"Tim Burton's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece SWEENEY TODD is a funny, moody musical blood bath....It's a gorgeous artifact..." - 12/21/2007 Los Angeles Times


Ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2007" -- "[A] striking achievement in every way, particularly for the tour de force of Johnny Depp..." - 12/27/2007 Rolling Stone, p.120


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Depp is simply stupendous....Depp erases the line between singing and acting, fusing them into something that keeps the movie blazing." - 12/27/2007 Rolling Stone, p.124-125


4 stars out of 5 -- "The stars make surprisingly fair fists of the singing, and their acting muscles put over Sondheim's intricate, clever lyrics." - 02/01/2008 Empire, p.38


4 stars out of 5 -- [I]t's the giddy, relentless nihilism of the film that will thrill even the most showtune-phobic." - 03/01/2008 Uncut, p.119


"Burton has created a supremely cinematic work, in everything from the swooping, scuttling shots through London's sooty, satanic back alleys, to the wild-eyed vengeful intensity of its anti-hero..." - 03/01/2008 Sight and Sound, p.82

 
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