Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
-Stars Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd, an English barber and serial killer who kills his customers with a straight razor to their throats and turns them into meat pies with the help of his accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, played by Helena Bonham-Carter
Did You Know?
-This is the 6th Depp/Burton collaboration. Their prior collaborations include Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
-In order to prepare for her role as Mrs. Lovett, Helena Bonham-Carter studied baking and underwent very extensive vocal training
-For his audition, Sacha Baron Cohen sang all the music from Fiddler on the Roof
-To prepare for his role as Adolfo Pirelli, Sacha Baron Cohen hired his personal barber as his assistant to teach him on shaving techniques, and took 16 hours to learn how to hold and handle a razor.
-During production, Helena Bonham-Carter was pregnant with her and Tim Burton's 2nd child and throughout the film, her breasts appear to change size noticeably
-The jacket worn by Johnny Depp is a Belstaff dark leather trench, designed exclusively for the movie
-4 Harry Potter stars appear in this movie: Helena Bonham-Carter(Mrs. Lovett/Bellatrix LeStrange), Alan Rickman(Judge Turpin/Severus Snape), Timothy Spall(Beadle Bamford/Peter Pettigrew), Jamie Campbell-Bower(Anthony Hope/Gellert Grindelwald)
-2nd musical Johnny Depp has appeared in, this is the first one he actually sings. Cry-Baby was his first musical, but he lip synched to it
-Tim Burton insisted the movie be as bloody as it can be. He thought the stage versions cut back on the bloodshed, robbing it of it's power. For him "everything is so internal with Sweeney that [the blood] is like his emotional release. It's more about catharsis than a literal thing".
-In the 19th century, Benjamin Barker(Johnny Depp), a skilled barber, returns to London with the alias 'Sweeney Todd', accompanied by sailor Anthony Hope(Jamie Campbell Bower). 15 years prior, Barker had been falsely convicted of his wife's murder and banished by corrupt Judge Turpin(Alan Rickman), who had lustful fantasies about Barker's wife Lucy(Laura Michelle Kelly). Meanwhile, at Mrs. Nellie Lovett's(Helena Bonham Carter) meat pie shop in Fleet Street, he learns that Lucy poisoned herself with arsenic after Turpin raped her. Todd's teen daughter Johanna(Jayne Wisener) is now Turpin's ward and is the object of his obscene love. Todd wants revenge for his wife's murder, so he opens a barber shop above Mrs. Lovett's with the straight razors she returned to him.
-While roaming London, Anthony sees Johanna in an upstairs room of a large house, singing to her birds and a passing beggar woman tells him her name is Johanna. The house belongs to none other than Judeg Turpin and Anthony is immediately attracted to her. Turpin invites him in, only for his assistant Beadle Bamford(Timothy Spall) to throw him out the back door. Bamford warns Anthony that he will be severely punished if he is seen around the Judge's house again. Anthony is then convinced that he and Johanna were meant to be.
-Johnny Depp: Benjamin Barker/Sweeney Todd
-Helena Bonham-Carter: Mrs. Nellie Lovett
-Alan Rickman: Judge Turpin
-Timothy Spall: Beadle Bamford
-Jamie Campbell Bower: Anthony Hope
-Jayne Wisener: Johanna Barker
-Laura Michelle Kelly: Lucy Barker
-Sacha Baron Cohen: Adolfo Pirelli/Davy Collins
-Ed Sanders: Toby Ragg
-Anthony Head: Man in the Street(uncredited)