The Tale Of Sweeny Todd

1999, Movie, NR, 92 mins

How could John Schlesinger, director of fine and varied films ranging from SUNDAY, BLOODY SUNDAY (1971) to COLD COMFORT FARM (1995), have made this sloppily conceived bit of Grand Guignol tripe? In the dog-eat-dog world of mid-19th-century London, barber Sweeney Todd (Ben Kinglsey) cuts the throats of suitably wealthy customers, robs them and delivers their corpses to enterprising meat-pie baker Mrs. Lovett (Joanna Lumley). Todd fought for his country in Africa, where desperation drove him to eat human flesh; the experience left him with disdain for good citizenship and a craving for profits. Unfortunately, one of Todd's shaving "accidents" befell merchant Mr. Mannh...
Released: 1999 Rated: NR Length: 92 mins

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