Film: Sweeny Todd

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Release: January 11, 2008

DreamWorks Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures Present
A Parkes/MacDonald and Zanuck Company Production
Produced by Richard D. Zanuck, Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, John Logan Executive Producer Patrick McCormick
Based on the Musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler
Originally Staged by Harold Prince
From an adaptation by Christopher Bond
Screenplay by John Logan
Directed by Tim Burton

Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall,
Christopher Lee, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jayne Wisener and
Sacha Baron Cohen

Movie Synopsis

Johnny Depp stars in the title role of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” DreamWorks Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures Present A Parkes/MacDonald Production A Zanuck Company Production A Tim Burton film, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Sacha Baron Cohen. The film is directed by Tim Burton from a screenplay by John Logan, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on the Tony Award-winning musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street” by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler Originally Staged by Harold Prince from an adaptation of “Sweeney Todd” by Christopher Bond. The film’s producers are Richard D. Zanuck, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and John Logan. The executive producer is Patrick McCormick. This film has been rated R for graphic bloody violence. Photo Credit: Leah Gallo © 2007 by DreamWorks LLC and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton join forces again in a big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical thriller “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

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. Sacha Baron Cohen is a rival barber, the flamboyant Signor Adolfo Pirelli, and Christopher Lee takes on the role of the gentleman ghost.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Triumphs at the UK Box Office

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street hit the number one spot at UK cinemas with an opening of GBP4,525,246. (x)

Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros UK said "We are delighted that Sweeney Todd has had such a phenomenal opening weekend. We are very proud of the film and thrilled that Tim Burton's critically acclaimed masterpiece is such a hit with UK audiences. We're confident that this stunning film will reach greater heights."

Filmed entirely in the UK at Pinewood Studios; Tim Burton's masterful movie starring Johnny Depp as the demon barber and Helena Bonham Carter as his accomplice Mrs Lovett, slashed the competition to become the biggest opening weekend of this year.

The screen adaptation of legendary lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim's award winning stage musical has secured 3 Oscars nominations including Best Actor for Johnny Depp. At this year's Golden Globes Depp was named Best Actor for his outstanding portrayal and the film won Best Film (Musical or Comedy).
Helena Bonham Carter's performance has been nominated in the Best Actress category at February's London Critics Circle Awards.

Warner Bros. Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures Present A Parkes/MacDonald Production and A Zanuck Company Production A Tim Burton film, "Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Sacha Baron Cohen. The film is directed by Tim Burton from a screenplay by John Logan, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on the Tony Award-winning musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation of "Sweeney Todd" by Christopher Bond. The film's producers are Richard D. Zanuck, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and John Logan. The executive producer is Patrick McCormick. The director of photography Dariusz Wolski, ASC. The production designer is Dante Ferretti. The editor is Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E. The costume designer is Colleen Atwood. The co-producer is Katterli Frauenfelder. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim.

- (x) The Sweeney Todd opening weekend figures includes GBP1,353,038 in previews.
- Warner Bros UK is currently the number one film distributor in the UK following the successful releases of Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, Beowulf, 300, Music and Lyrics, Ocean's 13, Blood Diamond, Fred Claus and I am Legend.

Source: Warner Bros Entertainment UK Ltd
LONDON, January 28, 2008/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

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