Mack the Knife (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mack the Knife (1989)

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This film adaptation of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's musical play The Threepenny Opera portrays the engagement of a gangster (Raul Julia) to an innocent girl (Rachel Robertson) in Victorian-era London. The girl's family attempts to thwart the marriage by catching the thief in the act.

Cast

Raul Julia
as MacHeath
Richard Harris
as Mr. Peachum
Julia Migenes
as Jenny Diver
Roger Daltrey
as Street Singer
Julie Walters
as Mrs. Peachum
Rachel Robertson
as Polly Peachum
Clive Revill
as Money Matthew
Bill Nighy
as Tiger Brown
Erin Donovan
as Lucy Brown
Dong Ji Hong
as Sukey Tawdry
Russel Gold
as Hookfinger Jake
Roy Holder
as Wally the Weeper
Mark Northover
as Jimmy Jewels
Sandor Kaposi
as Organ Grinder
Steven Law
as Sergeant Smith
Clive Mantle
as Johnny Ladder
John Woodnut
as Reverend Kimball
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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The movie is finally just a slog through a half-digested plot, involving half-understood characters who bear the names, but not the meanings or the spirits, of the Brecht and Weill originals.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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