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Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

  • Drama
  • Musical
  • 2007
  • Tim Burton
  • 111 mins
  • 18

Summary

Horror musical set in Victorian London, based on the award-winning Stephen Sondheim stage production and starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Returning to London after being framed and transported to Australia, barber Benjamin Barker changes his name to Sweeney Todd and devises a macabre method of revenge against those who wronged him and his family, with the help of his landlady Mrs Lovett.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

After making dark Gothic fantasies like Sleepy Hollow and Corpse Bride, Tim Burton puts his unique stamp on Stephen Sondheim's award-winning Broadway musical. Johnny Depp stars as the barber of the title who takes (very, very) bloody revenge on the men who wronged his family, before serving up their remains in meat pies made by his partner in crime Mrs Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter). Few musicals have tackled such a dark theme or have boasted such a distinctive look, as Dickensian London is given an Addams Family-style twist. The Oscar-winning production design is astoundingly detailed and Burton turns the sets and costumes into a near-monochrome palette of blacks and greys - the perfect contrast to the arterial spray from Todd's cut-throat razor. Neither Depp nor Bonham Carter is a trained vocalist, but both tackle Sondheim's musical numbers with gusto, not to mention entertaining cockney accents. Easily one of Burton's most deftly realised films, this macabre musical is to die for.

Credits

Cast

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Sweeney ToddJohnny Depp
Mrs Nellie LovettHelena Bonham Carter
Judge TurpinAlan Rickman
Beadle BamfordTimothy Spall
Signor Adolfo PirelliSacha Baron Cohen
TobyEdward Sanders
LucyLaura Michelle Kelly
JohannaJayne Wisener
Anthony HopeJamie Campbell Bower
Ballad ghostAnthony Head

Crew

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DirectorTim Burton

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2008-01-25
Languages
English | Italian
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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