Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp), A.K.A Benjamin Barker, meets Mrs. Lovett and together they start a bakery whose pies are made from the high class visitors whom Todd slit their throat. It seems that their plan goes as plan, but only the beggar woman notices that something is wrong. Sweeney kills Adolfo Pirelli (Sacha Baron Cohen) because he recognized him as Benjamin Barker, and hires his assistant, a young kid named Toby, to help him in the factory. Meanwhile, Todd's friend, Anthony (Jamie Campbell Bower) rescues Sweeney's daughter, Johanna (Jayne Wiesner) from the clutches of Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman), who arrives at Sweeney's barbershop. Sweeney awaits his revenge... When suddenly the beggar woman burst into the shop, cursing the wicked place, as she suddenly recognizes Sweeney. "Haven't we met before, Mr.?" she asks Sweeney. Shocked, he slits her throat and sends her body to the bakery. Then, he takes out a knife and kills Judge Turpin. Meanwhile, Toby notices the dead bodies in the bakery as Beadle's (Timothy Spall) body falls in, and realises that Todd killed Pirelli. Todd arrives at the bakery along with Mrs. Lovett after Toby, wishing to kill him as he witnessed the crime. When suddenly, He looks at one of the bodies... The one of the Beggar woman... And horrifyingly discovers her to be his wife, whom he thought to be dead because of Mrs. Lovett. Mrs. Lovett asks him to forget her deed, but Todd throws her into the oven and burns her alive. As he clutches onto his dead wife, whom he killed, he sings of his past days as a naive man, just as Toby approaches behind him and slits his throat. Todd's blood drips onto his dead wife's face, and the two lovers, lost in the world of corruption, die still as a rock in the dark warehouse of dead bodies.

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Continuity mistake: While Sweeney is upstairs with Pirelli, Mrs. Lovett gives Toby a meatpie downstairs. On a closeup, half the pie is gone, but when the shot widens right after, only a couple nibbles are gone from the cake.

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Judge Turpin: Oh yes... Such practices. The Geishas of Japan, the concubines of Siam, the catamites of Greece, the harlots of India. I have them all here, drawings of them. Everything you've ever dreamed of doing with a woman. Would you like to see?
Anthony Hope: I think there's been some mistake.
Judge Turpin: I think not. You gandered at my ward, Johanna. You gandered at her. YES, sir, you gandered!
Anthony Hope: I meant no harm.
Judge Turpin: Your meaning is immaterial. Mark me! If I see your face again on this street, you'll rue the day you were born.

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Trivia: Anthony Stewart Head (of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame) makes a cameo as the man who congratulates Sweeney after his competition against Signor Pirelli. Head originally had a larger role, but his scenes were eventually cut out. (00:38:25)

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Question: Is there any particular reason why the chorus lyrics were cut from a number of the songs? They used all of the lyrics in the verses, but not the chorus', which I found odd.

Answer: From what I heard, the chorus songs (known as "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd") were cut due to time and inability to make the chorus work on-screen. Actors were set up to play "ghost narrators" at first, so that indicates that the filmmakers did want to include the songs. They were just not able to find a way to make them work satisfactorily for them. Also, I think (can't verify) I also heard that Stephen Sondheim, the show's original creator and composer/lyricist, agreed that these cuts needed to be made for the film to work.

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