|Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 1936 N/R, 68 min.|
Genre: Drama / Horror / Thriller
Director: George King
Cast: Tod Slaughter, Stella Rho, Graham Soutten, Bruce Seton, Eve Lister, D.J. Williams, John Singer, Davina Craig, Jerry Verno, Billy Holland, Norman Pierce, Aubrey Mallalieu, Ben Williams, Henry B. Longhurst
Later remade into the great musical, this is the early film adaptation of the George Dibden-Pitt play about a psychopathic killer–Sweeney Todd (Tod Slaughter)–who kills customers who come into his barbershop. The ex-customers become the main part of Mrs. Lovatt's (Stella Rho) meat pies.
|Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 1982 TV, 150 min.|
Genre: Musical / Drama / Horror / Thriller
Director: Terry Hughes, Harold Prince
Cast: Angela Lansbury, George Hearn, Sara Woods, Cris Groenendaal, Edmund Lyndeck, Calvin Remsberg, Betsy Joslyn, Ken Jennings, Sal Mistretta, Spain Logue, Walter Charles, Michael Kalinyen, Skip Harris, Duane Morris, Roy Gioconda
This film of the 1979 Tony Award-winning play involves the barber Benjamin Barker who assumes the name of Sweeney Todd (George Hearn). He comes home after serving 15 years in prison and vows revenge against the evil Judge Turpin (Edmund Lyndeck) who sent him away. Not only did Turpin rape Todd's wife, which caused her to commit suicide; now he has adopted Todd's daughter Johanna (Betsy Joslyn). Todd puts his plan into action: as a barber he will cut more than Todd's and other customers' hair, and then Mrs. Lovett (Angela Lansbury) will bake his victims in her meat pies.
|Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007 R, 117 min.|
Genre: Drama / Musical / Thriller
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Sacha Baron Cohen, Timothy Spall, Laura Michelle Kelly, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jayne Wisener, Ed Sanders, Lee Whitlock, Jody Halse, Colin Higgins, Gracie and Ava May, Aron Paramor, Nick Haverson
Set in London during the 1800s, this story begins with a barber, Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp), who is sent away to Australia on trumped up charges by Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) who has plans to steal Benjamin's wife Lucy (Laura Michelle Kelly) and baby daughter Johanna. But, Lucy commits suicide, and Judge Turpin spends the next 15 years raising Johanna (Jayne Wisener). Now, Benjamin escapes, returns to London–disguised as Sweeney Todd–and is determined to avenge himself and be reunited with Johanna. He opens a barber shop above Mrs. Lovett's (Helena Bonham Carter) sidewalk restaurant and begins an affair with her. But the real purpose in Sweeney Todd's life is his revenge as he slits the throats of his barber shop clients, and their bodies are ground into meat to provide the staple for Mrs. Lovett's irresistible meat pies. The film received an Academy Award for Best Art Direction; two other nominations included Best Actor (Johnny Depp).
|Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936)|
|Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982)|
|Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)|
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