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The Tale of Sweeney Todd (1998)





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This razor-sharp retelling of the familiar Demon Barber legend is set in turn-of-the-century London, where barber Sweeney runs a cutting-edge business -- selling his murder victims' jewelry and contracting Mrs. Lovet to use her meat grinder to prepare tasty "meat pies." Meanwhile, American insurance investigator Ben tracks missing diamonds.
Comedy , Drama , Horror , Musical & Performing Arts , Television
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Ardmore Studios


Ben Kingsley
as Sweeney Todd
Campbell Scott
as Ben Carlyle
Joanna Lumley
as Mrs. Lovett
David Wilmot
as Tom knowler
John Kavanagh
as Maj. Rutledge
Joe Savino
as Chambers
Niall Buggy
as Vicar
Peter Jeffrey
as Dr. Maxwell
Peter Woodthorpe
as Mannheim
Bosco Hogan
as Head Clerk
Birdy Sweeney
as Elderly Cutter
Des Braiden
as Toothless Man
Sandy Kennedy
as Prostitute
Gerald Walsh
as Bewigged Customer
Toby Bradford
as Pie Man
John Olohan
as Fence
Gerry O'Brien
as Sailor
Christopher Lawlor
as Pickpocket
Alan Barry
as Surgeon
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Not too shabbily produced and even well acted but surprisingly poorly led retelling of the penny-dreadful classic. Far too much effort is expended on reinforcing the modish but rather infantile notion that our ancestors were to a person all unhygienic foul mouthed barbarians. Kingsley and indeed most of the cast put in yeoman's work, but this ship just won't sail. When the dainty and refined Alice bodily tosses out of her tavern a 300 pound unruly drunkard for a second time, I critically sorta just packed it in.

JW Peevis
JW Peevis

I actually watched this back in January of 2009 but it wasn't available in the RT database at the time. I'm posting what I said in a blog that I would've given it. From what I remember it wasn't too bad.

Jadrien Deibler
Jadrien Deibler

Another great rendition of Sweeney Todd. It's great to see stories that can be retold and remain interesting. This throws out the idea of Sweeney as a victim, or his looking for revenge. This is much more in keeping with the original tail. A man that murders for greed. The best part about this film is that is doesn't try to justify the actions or make us sympathise with Todd. He's a terrifying and grotesque creature. Cold, calculating and very deceptive. The investigation narrative is just as interesting as Todd's deeds. I'd still put it behind Winstone's Sweeney Todd, due to the sheer power of that production, but it stands above and shits upon Burton's misfire.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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