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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

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Drama, Horror, Musical |

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a musical period slasher film directed by Tim Burton and an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony Award-winning 1979 musical of the same name. The film re-tells the Victorian melodramatic tale of Sweeney Todd, an English barber and serial killer who murders his customers with a straight razor and, with the help of his accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, processes their corpses into meat pies. The film stars Johnny Depp as the title character and Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett.

Having been struck by the cinematic qualities of Sondheim’s musical while still a student, Burton had entertained the notion of a film version since the early 1980s. However, it was not until 2006 that he had the opportunity to realize this ambition, when DreamWorks announced his appointment as replacement for director Sam Mendes, who had been working on such an adaptation.

In 1846, Benjamin Barker, a barber, arrives in London, accompanied by sailor Anthony Hope. Fifteen years earlier, he was falsely convicted and exiled by the corrupt Judge Turpin, who lusted after Barker’s wife Lucy. Barker adopts the alias “Sweeney Todd” and returns to his old Fleet Street shop, situated above Mrs. Nellie Lovett’s meat pie shop, where she sells the “worst pies in London”. Lovett tells him that Turpin raped Lucy, who then poisoned herself with arsenic. The couple’s daughter, Johanna, is now Turpin’s ward. Todd vows revenge and re-opens his barbershop after Mrs. Lovett, who loves him unrequitedly, presents him with his old straight razors. Anthony becomes enamored with Johanna, but is caught by Turpin and driven away by his henchman, Beadle Bamford.

Director: Tim Burton

Writers: John Logan (screenplay), Hugh Wheeler (musical), Christopher Bond (musical adaptation)

Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Michelle Kelly

Cast:

Johnny DeppSweeney Todd
Helena Bonham CarterMrs. Lovett
Alan RickmanJudge Turpin
Timothy SpallBeadle
Sacha Baron CohenPirelli
Jamie Campbell BowerAnthony
Laura Michelle KellyLucy / Beggar Woman
Jayne WisenerJohanna
Ed SandersToby (as Edward Sanders)
Gracie May WeldonBaby Johanna (as Gracie May)
Ava MayBaby Johanna
Gabriella FreemanBaby Johanna
Jody HalsePoliceman
Aron ParamorPoliceman
Lee WhitlockPoliceman
Nick HaversonPirelli & Todd Customer
Mandy HollidayPirelli & Todd Customer
Colin HigginsElixir Sniffing Customer
John PatonGasping Man
Graham BoheaContest Bald Man
Daniel LusardiBoy Prisoner
Ian McLarnonMan in Need of a Shave
Phill WoodfineShave Customer Slit Throat
Toby HeffermanHappy Customer
Charlotte ChildHappy Customer’s Wife
Kira WoolmanHappy Customer’s Child
Helen SlaymakerJolly Friend
Jess MurphyJolly Friend
Nicholas HewetsonJolly Friend
Adam RoachJolly Friend
Marcus CunninghamJolly Friend
David McKailMinister
Philip PhilmarMr. Fogg
Gemma GreyInmate
Sue MaundInmate
Emma HewittInmate
Buck HollandBarber Customer
Peter MountainFleet Street Dandy
Harry TaylorMr. Lovett
Stephen AshfieldPie Customer
Jerry JudgePie Customer
Norman Campbell ReesPie Customer (as Norman Rees)
Jonathan WilliamsPie Customer
William OxborrowPie Customer
Tom Pleydell-PearcePie Customer (as Tom Pearce)
Laura SanchezPie Customer
Johnson WillisPie Customer
Jon-Paul HeveyPie Customer
Liza SadovyPie Customer
Jane FowlerPie Customer
Gaye BrownPie Customer
Shane James BordasSt. Dunstan’s Market Patron (uncredited)
Stefana BrancastleLady in the Market (uncredited)
Victoria BullBlonde Madwoman (uncredited)
Cecilia ColbyDancer (uncredited)
Leigh DanielsMarket Lady (uncredited)
Julie EagletonWealthy Shopper (uncredited)
Elizabeth FordMother (uncredited)
Tim GlanfieldRoad Digger (uncredited)
Kas GrahamMusic Box Man (uncredited)
Kasia HalpinMarket Girl (uncredited)
Anthony HeadMan in Street Who Greets Todd after Competition (uncredited)
Les LovedayBird Seller (uncredited)
Vince McGahonPoet (uncredited)
Laura MeakinAsylum Patient (uncredited)
Sophie Morris-SheppardMad Woman in the Asylum (uncredited)
Tatsujiro OtoChinese Opium Dealer (uncredited)
Chloe PagePicnic child (uncredited)
Nick Thomas-WebsterOpium Den Customer (uncredited)
Paul VigrassCity Gentleman (uncredited)
Vesna VujatMarket Lady (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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