The Tale Of Sweeney Todd

The Tale Of Sweeney Todd

The Tale Of Sweeney Todd
Format :  
Movie
Genre :  
Thriller
Air date :  
1998
Network :  
SHOWTIME
Synopsis  

In this infamous, macabre, tale, Sweeney Todd (Ben Kingsley) is the demon barber of Fleet Street. London in 1795 teems with people from every walk of life: merchants and magistrates, judges and jugglers, pie-makers and pickpockets. One day, Mannheim, a prosperous diamond merchant, pays a visit to Sweeney Todd. Sweeney performs a variety of services for his customers, making and curling wigs, setting broken bones and even pulling teeth. He claims to offer the closest shave a man will ever get. Sweeney is assisted by young Charlie, 12, who is mute. Mannheim disappears. Several weeks later, an American investigator, Ben Carlyle (Campbell Scott), arrives in London to seek out Mannheim, who owes Ben’s employers $50,000 worth of diamonds. Tom Knowler, clerk to the missing merchant, tells Ben that no one knows where Mannheim is, but assures him that the diamonds must be in the safe. The key to the safe, however, is with Mannheim, and to get the diamonds, Mannheim must be found. Ben Carlyle sets out on a circuitous investigation that leads him to the sordid truth about the disappearance of Mannheim and, a number of other wealthy Fleet Street merchants. Pieces of the puzzle come slowly to light. Mannheim’s diamond ring turns up on the finger of a murdered fence. Parts of corpses are found in the crypt of St. Dunstan’s Church. When Ben uncovers the gruesome mystery ingredient in Mrs. Lovett’s (Joanna Lumley) world-famous meat pies, Sweeney’s neighbor and lover, he knows where he must look next. Hiding in a sack, Ben has himself delivered with animal carcasses to Mrs. Lovett’s shop. His hunch about Mrs. Lovett’s recipe proves correct, and he finds horror after horror in her cellar, which adjoins Sweeney’s. Human corpses hang next to sides of beef. Sweeney, confronted by Ben, reveals the pathetic truth that drove him to his life of murder and cannibalism. As Ben and Sweeney engage in a life and death struggle, it is young Charlie, chained by Sweeney in his chamber of horrors, who reaches for a dagger and, stabbing his former master to death, saves the wounded Ben.

Starring  
  • Ben Kingsley
  • Campbell Scott
  • Joanna Lumley
  • Selina Boyack
  • David Wilmot
  • Sean O'Flanagain
  • Katharine Schlesinger
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