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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.6/10 (143,198 voted)

Critic's Score: 83/100

Director: Tim Burton

Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman

In the Victorian London, the barber Benjamin Barker is married to the gorgeous Lucy and they have a lovely child, Johanna. The beauty of Lucy attracts the attention of the corrupt Judge Turpin, who falsely accuses the barber of a crime that he did not commit and abuses Lucy later after gaining custody of her. After fifteen years in exile, Benjamin returns to London under the new identity of Sweeney Todd, seeking revenge against Turpin. He meets the widow Mrs. Lovett who is the owner of a meat pie shop who tells him that Lucy committed suicide with arsenic many years ago, and Turpin assigned himself tutor of Johanna. He opens a barber shop above her store, initiating a crime rampage against those who made him suffer and lose his beloved family.

Writers: John Logan, Hugh Wheeler

Johnny Depp - Sweeney Todd
Helena Bonham Carter - Mrs. Lovett
Alan Rickman - Judge Turpin
Timothy Spall - Beadle
Sacha Baron Cohen - Pirelli
Jamie Campbell Bower - Anthony
Laura Michelle Kelly - Lucy / Beggar Woman
Jayne Wisener - Johanna
Ed Sanders - Toby (as Edward Sanders)
Gracie May - Baby Johanna
Ava May - Baby Johanna
Gabriella Freeman - Baby Johanna
Jody Halse - Policeman
Aron Paramor - Policeman
Lee Whitlock - Policeman

Taglines: Johnny Depp is THE BARBER.


Official Website: Dreamworks [United States] | Official site |

Release Date: 21 December 2007

Filming Locations: Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $13,635,390 (USA) (23 December 2007) (1249 Screens)

Gross: $152,523,073 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

During its first month of production in London, Johnny Depp had to take a ten-day leave of absence when his daughter, Lily-Rose, was rushed to a hospital due to a severe illness (which was never disclosed by the media). To accommodate his absenteeism, director Tim Burton filmed scenes that didn't feature Depp's character.

Continuity: In the beginning, Sweeney's teeth appear to be in very poor shape; however, by time he first picks up the teakettle in his apartment his teeth are considerably whiter and straighter.

[first lines]
Anthony Hope: I have sailed the world, beheld its wonders, from the Dardanelles to the mountains of Peru. But there's no place like London.
Sweeney Todd: No, there's no place like London.
Anthony Hope: [spoken] Mr. Todd?
Sweeney Todd: You are young. Life has been kind to you. You will learn.

User Review

Johnny Depp: The Demon Actor of Hollywood

Rating: 9/10

Tim Burton was always known to be a director that didn't attend to the Academy's personal taste. His movies were true auteur works, always with a Gothic stunning visual and stories there weren't always what it seemed. It was as if Burton were filming every movie on Halloween. Now, however, it's going to be hard for the Academy to ignore Burton's new film- definitely his best one. Sweeney Todd offers the unlikely pairing of musical and horror. And, man, it works splendidly.

The story begins with Benjamin Barker's arrest by Judge Turpin, a true personification of evil, a man who doesn't think twice in convicting Barker for a crime he did not commit. Sent away of London, he returns with a new facet: Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Until this moment on, his barbershop is scenery to grim assassination- through which the evidences of murder are kept hidden thanks to the help of Mrs. Lovett, the baker. Sweeney vows revenge against the judge.

Burton's direction is truly fantastic, exploring his already trademark visuals with bravura. This time, the dark pictures really suit the story, in a way that they both contrast each other; for no matter how dark the city is, it can't compare to the citizens that live within it. Sweeney, once a pure man, becomes the darkest of them all. And there is no better actor in the world that could portray this like Johnny Depp does. His performance is a defining one, one that goes far beyond the Jack Sparrows, Edward Scissorhands, or J.M Barries that Depp portrayed with perfection. Sweeney Todd is a man torn apart by vengeance, a man that answers only to the call of death. Depp illustrates the psychological factors of the character in subtle nuances, giving one of the greatest performances in the history of cinema. A true achievement that lives up to the excellence of the entire movie.

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