Little Shop of Horrors
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Little Shop of Horrors

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Director: Frank Oz

Cast: Frank Oz, Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia

     
 

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It started as a 1960 Roger Corman horror comedy, filmed in two days; it then inspired a lavish 1982 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Finally in 1986, Little Shop of Horrors (1960) graduated into a multimillion-dollar, all-star film musical. Rick Moranis plays nebbishy Seymour Krelborn, who works in a rundown flower shop

Overview

It started as a 1960 Roger Corman horror comedy, filmed in two days; it then inspired a lavish 1982 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Finally in 1986, Little Shop of Horrors (1960) graduated into a multimillion-dollar, all-star film musical. Rick Moranis plays nebbishy Seymour Krelborn, who works in a rundown flower shop on Skid Row. While his boss (Vincent Gardenia) bemoans the lack of business, Seymour seeks a way of bringing the shop -- and himself -- fame and fortune. He purchases a strange plant from an even stranger oriental street vendor (Vincent Wong), naming the plant after his girlfriend Audrey (Ellen Greene, one of the few carry-overs from the Broadway version). Gradually, Seymour learns to his horror that "Audrey II" (given the voice of R&B performer Levi Stubbs) craves blood and flesh. With each of Audrey II's "FEEED MEEE"s, Seymour must scare up human food to satisfy the plant's appetite. One such victim is dentist Steve Martin, a leather-jacketed Elvis type (the dentist's ultra-masochistic patient played by Jack Nicholson in the 1960 original is here impersonated by Bill Murray). The lighthearted tone of the film darkens as Audrey II grows in monstrosity, but the unhappy ending of the Broadway version is avoided herein.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
This very entertaining film may be the only movie musical to contain an Elvis-inspired number that celebrates a dentist's sadism. This song, shocking, funny, and very catchy, neatly summarizes the charms of this simultaneously light and dark movie musical. The major share of the film's success belongs to lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken. Their songs straddle the line between joy and satire. Musically they invoke recognizable styles ('50s doo-wop, saccharine Broadway love song), but the pointed, comical lyrics constantly collide with the music's sensibilities and the contrast produces continuously entertaining results. Director Frank Oz, arguably the finest puppeteer of his generation, does a spectacular job bringing the gigantic Audrey II to life. Former Four Tops singer Levi Stubbs gives a superb vocal performance as the cannibalistic plant. The rest of the case finds the absolute right level of outrageousness to match the cartoonish art direction. Steve Martin, playing the sadistic dentist, and Bill Murray, a masochistic patient, have a comedic scene that matches the songs for perversity and hilariousness. Ashman and Menken would go on to even greater success, penning the songs in Disney's The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0883929090914
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
19,877

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Feature-Length Commentary by Director Frank Oz; Outtakes and Gags; Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Production Notes; 2 Theatrical Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rick Moranis Seymour Krelborn
Ellen Greene Audrey
Vincent Gardenia Mr. Mushnik
Steve Martin Orin Scrivello, D.D.S.
Levi Stubbs Audrey II
Tichina Arnold Crystal
Tisha Campbell Chiffon
Michelle Weeks Ronette
Jim Belushi Patrick Martin
John Candy Wink Wilkinson
Christopher Guest 1st Customer
Bill Murray Arthur Denton
Paul Dooley Actor
Stan Jones Narrator
Bertice Reading "Downtown" Old Woman
Ed Wiley "Downtown" Bum
Alan Tilvern "Downtown" Bum
John Scott Martin "Downtown" Bum
Vincent Wong Chinese Florist
Mak Wilson Doo Wop Street Singer
Danny Cunningham Doo Wop Street Singer
Danny John-Jules Doo Wop Street Singer
Gary Palmer Doo Wop Street Singer
Paul Swaby Doo Wop Street Singer
Mildred Shay 2nd Customer
Melissa Wiltsie 3rd Customer
Kevin Scott 4th Customer
Barbara Rosenblat 5th Customer
Adeen Fogle Radio Station Assistant
Kelly Huntley Audrey & Seymour's Kid
Paul Reynolds Audrey & Seymour's Kid
Miriam Margolyes Dental Nurse
Abbie Dabner Boy Patient
Frank Dux 2nd Patient
Peter Whitman Patient on Ceiling
Heather Henson Girl Patient
Judith Morse Girl's Mother
Bob Sherman Agent
Doreen Hermitage Life Magazine Lady
Kerry Shale Her Assistant
Robert Arden Network Executive
Stephen Hoye Network Executive
Bob Sessions Network Executive
Michael J. Shannon Television Reporter
Christine Norden Actor

Technical Credits
Frank Oz Director
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
Howard Ashman Screenwriter
Tessa Davies Set Decoration/Design
Paul Engelen Makeup
John Fenner Production Designer
Bran Ferren Special Effects
Pat Garrett Choreography
David Geffen Producer
William S. Gilmore Producer
Miles Goodman Score Composer
Denis Holt Associate Producer
John Jympson Editor
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Menken Score Composer
Robert Paynter Cinematographer
Margery Simkin Casting
Steve Spence Production Designer
Roy Walker Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Little Shop of Horrors
1. "Little Shop of Horrors" [6:09]
2. "Skid Row (Downtown)" [4:26]
3. Interesting Plant [2:07]
4. "Da-Doo" [1:20]
5. "Twice as Many!" [2:10]
6. "Grow for Me" [4:43]
7. Wink Wilkinson [3:58]
8. "Somewhere That's Green" [4:24]
9. "Some Fun Now" [1:35]
10. A Low Self-Image [2:14]
11. "Dentist!"? [2:32]
12. Orin Scrivello, DDS [3:14]
13. "Feed Me (Git It)" [5:55]
14. "Candy Bar!" [7:38]
15. Feeding the Plant [5:54]
16. "Suddenly, Seymour" [4:16]
17. "Suppertime I" [4:02]
18. "The Meek Shall Inherit" [4:01]
19. "Suppertime II" / "Seymour" Reprise [:30]
20. "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space" [8:37]

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Little Shop of Horrors 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
BENNIE-QUINCY-SHAFT More than 1 year ago
BENNIE QUINCY SHAFT SAYS … BRILLIANT! We watched the complete director’s cut and the theatrical version starting at 69 minutes. This movie is brilliant. The BD has sharp and crisp visuals, with stunning audio. I prefer the director’s cut, despite the downbeat, gory ending, because it is more faithful to the play, but Bertha Zelda, not liking the somewhat stretched out, perhaps repetitive, ending, likes the theatrical “happy ending” better. She states her objection to the director’s cut ending thusly, “I got the point of the plant taking over the world after a couple of minutes. I didn’t need to be beaten over the head with scene after scene of the carnage.” In any event, we both love this movie. We both recommend this Blu-ray.
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
Wonderful singing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie it is the best movie that i have ever seen since i was born!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best movie on Earth! Lots of action!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best movie on the earth!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movies is incredible i wached it about more than a milllion time i recommend this movies to familys all over this world it one movie that the whole famly can sit down and watch together...especilyy the kids they would want to see a talking plant lol
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been watching this film since I can remember and I haven't found a more brilliant one yet!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The funniest musical in the history of mankind! I love this movie and reccomend EVERYONE to buy it! Lauren
Guest More than 1 year ago
we did it as a play which was great.The movie was good for its time but it's a bit old now.good things don't last forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is SO funny!! Steve Martin does such a good job!! Cracks me up every time I see it!! :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great, hillarious ,wholesome musical comedy, with easy to understand songs.It's a cute love story done with ingenious imagination and creativity. A definite must-see for kids 7+years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Funniest musical ever with a fantastic cast. Steve Martin was awesome in this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first DVD and very easily one of my favorites to watch. I was introduced to it when my high school did the play. The movie stars Rick Moranis, as Seymour, Ellen Greene as Audrey(repeating her broadway role,) plus a chorus of black do wop girls. Suddenly Seymour and the big kiss after it, makes me cry every time I watch that number. A must buy, you'll be singin' along with Rick and Ellen, havin' a blast!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If the truth must be told, the movie is a little morbid. But I love it anyway. The songs are hilarious, especially when Steve Martin sings his dentist song. I saw the Broadway play before watching the movie, and it made me fall in love with the plot. If you are ever in NYC and want to see a play, see Little Shop of Horrors, and then buy the movie, because you will LOVE it! This one is a winner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie. I've been a Broadway fanatic for awhile and am normally very picky. But, I'd have to say that it is hilarious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Little Shop of Horrors is one of the best movies ever. The high school in my town preformed Little Shop of Horrors and now I'm hooked on the movie. Though the movie may not take place "Somewhere That's Green" I love all that goes on on "Skid Row(Downtown)!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great music as well as great performances
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