Sweeney Todd

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Johnny Depp and Tim Burton join forces again in a big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical thriller "Sweeney Todd." Depp stars in the title role as a man unjustly sent to prison who vows revenge, not only for that cruel punishment, but for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter. When he returns to reopen his barber shop, Sweeney Todd becomes the Demon Barber of Fleet Street who "shaved the heads of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard from again." Joining Depp is Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney's amorous accomplice, who creates diabolical meat pies. The cast also includes Alan Rickman, who portrays the evil Judge Turpin, who sends Sweeney to prison and Timothy Spall as the Judge's wicked associate Beadle Bamford and Sacha Baron Cohen is a rival barber, the flamboyant Signor Adolfo Pirelli.


Studio Paramount
SKU 211276386
UPC 032429069269
UPC 14 00032429069269
Format DVD
Release Date 9/15/2009
Rating Rating
London, England
Theatrical Release
Victorian Era
Editors Note
Note With its rivers of blood, this adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical isn't for the faint of heart--or stomach. But thanks to the black humor, impeccable production design, and gorgeous music, Tim Burton fans will want to sing after seeing SWEENEY TODD. For his sixth collaboration with the director, Johnny Depp stars as Benjamin Barker aka Sweeney Todd, a barber falsely imprisoned by Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman). After leaving prison, he comes back to Victorian London to find his wife poisoned and his daughter held captive. As he plots his revenge, Sweeney joins forces with Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), and while he preys on clients asking for a shave, his new partner turns the bodies into baked goods. But the judge still lives, and the razor-wielding madman wants his vengeance. ^Though it's a musical, SWEENEY TODD has more in common with Italian horror films such as SUSPIRIA than it does with CHICAGO. Even the horror-musical hybrid LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS pales in comparison to the darkness found here. Previous Burton-Depp pairings have veered toward the macabre, but this reaches a glorious new level. Though they've made excellent films apart, their partnership has produced some of their best work, including EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, ED WOOD, and now SWEENEY TODD. Depp demonstrates his rock-band roots as the antihero of the title with another amazing performance, while Bonham Carter is both hilarious and heartbreaking as the eager Mrs. Lovett. But credit also belongs to production designer Dante Ferretti, director of photography Dariusz Wolski, and, of course, Burton, for showing a sooty London that is just as dark as the film's subject matter. Source composer Sondheim should also be recognized for the haunting songs that threaten to stick in viewers' heads, but the film as a whole also deserves to be remembered for its beauty and brutality.
New York Times "Mr. Burton's film adaptation of Mr. Sondheim's musical, is as dark and terrifying as any motion picture in recent memory....Expressing a breathtakingly, rigorously pessimistic view of human nature. It is also something close to a masterpiece..." 12/21/2007
Entertainment Weekly "[T]his opulent, attentive production is splashed with signature style and hell-bent on entertaining..." -- Grade: B 12/21/2007 p.54-55
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he story takes in romance, suspense, melodrama, vengeance and madness along the way....Depp and Bonham Carter present their beating hearts on gore-streaked sleeves." 02/01/2008 p.50
Los Angeles Times "Tim Burton's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece SWEENEY TODD is a funny, moody musical blood bath....It's a gorgeous artifact..." 12/21/2007
Rolling Stone Ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2007" -- "[A] striking achievement in every way, particularly for the tour de force of Johnny Depp..." 12/27/2007 p.120,3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Depp is simply stupendous....Depp erases the line between singing and acting, fusing them into something that keeps the movie blazing." 12/27/2007 p.124-125
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "The stars make surprisingly fair fists of the singing, and their acting muscles put over Sondheim's intricate, clever lyrics." 02/01/2008 p.38
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- [I]t's the giddy, relentless nihilism of the film that will thrill even the most showtune-phobic." 03/01/2008 p.119
Sight and Sound "Burton has created a supremely cinematic work, in everything from the swooping, scuttling shots through London's sooty, satanic back alleys, to the wild-eyed vengeful intensity of its anti-hero..." 03/01/2008 p.82
Tim Burton
Johnny Depp
Helena Bonham-Carter
Cast & Crew
Alan Rickman - Star
Timothy Spall - Star
Johnny Depp - Star
Jayne Wisener - Star
Sacha Baron Cohen - Star
Jamie Campbell Bower - Star
Helena Bonham-Carter - Star
Walter F. Parkes - Producer
Hugh Wheeler - Source Writer
Dariusz Wolski - Director of Photography
Stephen Sondheim - Lyricist
John Logan - Producer
Stephen Sondheim - Composer
Stephen Sondheim - Source Writer
Richard D. Zanuck - Producer
John Logan - Screenwriter
Dante Ferretti - Production Designer
Laurie MacDonald - Producer
Tim Burton - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
UPC 00032429069269
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Name Dante Ferretti
Award Category Best Art Direction
Award Status Winner
Award Year 2007
Award Giver Academy Awards
DVD, Slip Sleeve, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
A.O. Scott, The New York Times Something close to a masterpiece, a work of extreme -- I am tempted to say evil -- genius.
Claudia Puig, USA Today Mesmerizing and highly entertaining.
David Ansen, Newsweek Depp is such a soulful presence he gives you a glimpse of this maniac's pain and pathos. Bonham Carter is extraordinary.
Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club Burton brings his signature visual style...but he wisely follows Sondheim's lead, letting the music and spirit of the original piece show the way.

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