Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman

     
 

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Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical thriller comes to the big screen in this adaptation directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Timothy Spall, and AlanSee more details below

Overview

Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical thriller comes to the big screen in this adaptation directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Timothy Spall, and Alan Rickman. Embittered at having been wrongly imprisoned and determined to seek vengeance against his accusers due to the grim fate that befell his wife and daughter while he was incarcerated, ex-convict Sweeney Todd (Depp) returns to his hometown and opens a modest barber shop. The one thing different about Todd's shop, however, is that no one who walks in for a trim is ever seen again. Subsequently branded "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" by the frightened community, Todd continues with his murderous exploits with a little assistance from his amorous accomplice, Mrs. Lovett (Bonham Carter) -- whose popular meat pies secretly have a most unsavory ingredient.

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street split audiences like its title character splits jugular veins. Some embraced Tim Burton's dark vision for the material, as well as Stephen Sondheim's songs -- so much so that it won two Golden Globes (for Johnny Depp's performance and best musical/comedy) and one Oscar (for its art direction). Others thought the film continued Burton's descent into his own increasingly narrow world view, showcasing his reliance on the same collaborators (Depp and Helena Bonham Carter) and the same type of gnarled cityscapes and murky production values. With such sharp disagreement about the quality of the film, a person's own Burton biases may help determine his or her feelings about it. What's beyond dispute is that Burton commits to grisly violence like never before. Even in a movie in which beheadings were the standard (Sleepy Hollow), there was never this much blood and this many dead bodies. Like almost everything else in the film, even the blood is some shade of brown or black. It's clearly a conscious effort on Burton's part to be so unremittingly dreary, but it may turn off viewers seeking color -- which they get only during a day at the beach for Todd and Mrs. Lovett. Set apart stylistically from the rest of the film, this sequence may have unintended consequences -- it may make audiences miss the Burton they once knew, who regularly saturated his films (Beetlejuice, Big Fish) with color. Without color, this bloody film is frequently bloodless, and always misanthropic to the nth degree. Depp and Bonham Carter hold their own on the singing, and Burton's vision of London is fully realized, if not entirely original. Then again, the biggest complaint about Sweeney Todd is not that Burton is stealing from others; rather, he's stealing from himself.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
UPC:
0097363500643
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Dreamworks Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:56:00

Special Features

Burton + Depp + Carter = Todd: A behind-the-scenes look at the collaboration of Tim Burton with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter featuring exclusive footage from rehearsals, recording sessions and more!; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp Sweeney Todd
Helena Bonham Carter Mrs. Nellie Lovett
Alan Rickman Judge Turpin
Timothy Spall Beadle Bamford
Sacha Baron Cohen Adolfo Pirelli
Jamie Campbell Bower Anthony Hope
Edward Sanders Toby
Laura Michelle Kelly Beggar Woman
Jayne Wisener Johanna

Technical Credits
Tim Burton Director
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Dawe Sound/Sound Designer
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
Susie Figgis Casting
Katterli A. Frauenfelder Asst. Director,Co-producer
Derek Frey Associate Producer
Michael Higham Musical Direction/Supervision
Francesca Jaynes Choreography
Chris Lebenzon Editor
John Logan Producer,Screenwriter
Laurie MacDonald Producer
Patrick McCormick Executive Producer
Peter Owen Makeup
Walter Parkes Producer
Stephen Sondheim Score Composer
David Warren Art Director
Joss Williams Special Effects Supervisor
Dariusz Wolski Cinematographer
Richard D. Zanuck Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
1. Chapter 1 [:23]
2. Chapter 2 [:13]
3. Chapter 3 [2:50]
4. Chapter 4 [:03]
5. Chapter 5 [5:06]
6. Chapter 6 [2:53]
7. Chapter 7 [:17]
8. Chapter 8 [4:46]
9. Chapter 9 [1:30]
10. Chapter 10 [3:28]
11. Chapter 11 [2:31]
12. Chapter 12 [:56]
13. Chapter 13 [1:07]
14. Chapter 14 [3:48]
15. Chapter 15 [4:02]
16. Chapter 16 [:49]
17. Chapter 17 [4:37]
18. Chapter 18 [2:41]
19. Chapter 19 [2:52]
20. Chapter 20 [5:12]
21. Chapter 21 [:56]
22. Chapter 22 [4:55]
23. Chapter 23 [2:05]
24. Chapter 24 [3:22]

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