Sweeney Todd         

(Established 2006; last updated 1/2/14)
 

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This page is dedicated to the film production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, featuring Johnny Depp's first singing role.


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General Information:

     Stephen Sondheim's musical Sweeney Todd (The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street) debuted on Broadway in 1979, starring Len Cariou in the title role and Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett.  The musical, which tells the tale of a murderous barber and his sinister partnership with a bakeshop owner, has become a highly acclaimed and extremely popular show all over the world, including a recent Broadway run starring Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone.  

     The 2007 film production, starring Johnny under the direction of Tim Burton, was officially announced on August 16, 2006. Rehearsals and voice recording began in late 2006.  According to the Production Notes from the original Official Site,  the music was recorded in 4 days at London's Air Studios, with a 64 piece orchestra-- the largest ever assembled to play the score.  The music was conducted by Paul Gemignani and overseen by Sondheim himself.  Then, after rehearsals in Sondheim's presence, the songs were recorded in London over a six week period in November and December of 2006.

     Filming began on February 5, 2007.  On that day, a 2 page Variety ad announced the film and listed several members of the cast in addition to Johnny.  The official production dates for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street were Feb. 5 through May 11.  The film was given an MPAA rating of R for "Graphic Bloody Violence."  All of the cast members did their own singing, and the music was scored for a 78 piece orchestra.  Here is a Playbill article that gives info about the $50 million dollar production, the cast and the crew.  The theatrical trailer was attached to films such as Beowulf, Martian Child, American GangsterThe Heartbreak Kid, We Own The Night, and Elizabeth: The Golden Age; it provided the first taste of Johnny's singing, as well as a glimpse of the look of the film.

     The first clip shown to the public was an 8 minute segment shown at the 64th Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2007 as part of "Tim Burton Day." Nick Vivarelli of Variety reported: "Singing 'My Friends' Depp proved he can carry a tune, dueting delightfully with Bonham Carter, herself debuting as a chantoosie." Mastidon from Ain't It Cool News adds "Johnny Depp then starts to SING!!!!!! Yes, you read that correctly. Johnny sings on camera. Not a body double. Not an animated figure. But Johnny himself. And I'm here to tell you he has a killer voice. I wish I had a recording of the lyrics for you. Johnny sings a love song to the razor blade as he holds it in his hand! The song is about how happy he is to finally have the blade in his hands for his sweet revenge. Towards the end of the song, Helena joins in and they sing a duet to a knife!!!!! The scene ends with Jonny holding the knife in his hand and he says "Now, my arm is complete!"  On that day, Johnny also presented Tim with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.  On October 23, a small audience in LA was treated to an advance screening of the film.  The response was almost overwhelmingly positive.  Fans in New York then had an opportunity to see a "first look" of Sweeney Todd as part of  "Fresh Blood: An Evening With Tim Burton at Lincoln Center," on November 14.  Three long clips from the film were shown,  including My Friends, Epiphany and Johanna.  Audience reaction to the clips was said to be very enthusiastic!  Tim was on hand to answer some questions, though Sweeney Todd was not touched upon too deeply.  Thanks to pourtant of IMDb and Laura for their reports!

     The film had its premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on December 3, 2007.  Johnny and Tim attended the premiere as well as private screenings in New York on December 2 and in LA on December 5.  The film was released in 1,249 theaters in the US on December 21, 2007 It made about $18.7 million in its first 7 days of release and hit the $50M mark on its 6th Saturday. Its widest release was in 1,507 theaters.  Its domestic cume after 13 full weeks (through March 20) stood at $52.9M.  This total has put the film in 49th place for 2007 films. It was also in 10th place for musicals 1974 to present until July 2008 (it has since been surpassed by several other films).

    There were also some international premieres in early 2008.  On January 8, Johnny and Tim attended the Japanese premiere in Tokyo, and they were joined by most of the cast for the British premiere in London on January 10.  Tim and Johnny also attended the French premiere in Paris on January 16.  Tim went on to attend events in Madrid on January 21 and Rome on January 23.
 The film opened at #1 in Japan, Taiwan, the UK and France, and spent one weekend (Jan. 25-27) at the top of the Overseas Total Box Office with over $18M earned in that weekend alone.  The film has made a total of $100.4M overseas.

     The Region 1 DVD was released on April 1 in 1 and 2 disc versions.  More information about extras and cover art is available on DVD Active.  It earned $34.2M in rentals between April 1 and June 1, 2008, and remained in the Top 50 rentals through the end of June, according to Box Office Mojo/Home Media Retailing).  The Region 2 DVD was released on May 19, and the Blu-ray on October 21, 2008.  T
he DVD has made $38M in sales.  The television premiere of the film was on HBO on November 8, 2008.

     
On December 5, 2007, The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures named Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street one of the Top Ten Films of 2007, and also named Tim Burton Best Director for the film.  Congratulations, Tim!  The NBR was the first major award organization to name its winners during the awards season.  Subsequently, the film won 2 Golden Globe awards, including Johnny for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, and Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical.  Due to the WGA strike, there was no awards ceremony, but Johnny gave a statement accepting the award:
"I would like to thank my beloved friends at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for bestowing such an honor on me. It is a humbling experience, especially in the company of such talent. For many years the HFPA has supported my work and for that I have always been truly grateful. While this is indeed a happy day for me, I am overjoyed at the recognition the film as a whole is receiving. TIM [BURTON] is a dear friend and a true artist whose vision and skill inspire us all. He is a genius. Without his unwavering trust and support, I would not be anywhere near where I am today. Also, big thanks and respect to HELENA [BONHAM CARTER], whose simply staggering performance as Mrs. Lovett is a wonder to behold. I must send a behemoth salute to the wonderful crew and cast of 'Sweeney Todd' and all at Dreamworks/Paramount and Warner Bros. Pictures. In addition, I'd also like to extend my sincere gratitude to, first and foremost, my cherished friend and agent of forever ago, TRACEY JACOBS; the extraordinary man and producer, RICHARD ZANUCK; the mastermind STEPHEN SONDHEIM; and, of course, my precious family, VANESSA, LILY-ROSE and JACK, for all of their love, support and pure and absolute happiness everyday. Overall, I believe it to be a proud achievement for everyone involved and on behalf of us all, I thank you."
On January 22, 2008, Johnny received his third career Best Actor Oscar nomination for Sweeney Todd  (following nominations for 2003's Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl and 2004's Finding Neverland).  Johnny's reaction to the nomination, as reported by The Insider, was:
"My sincere thanks to the Academy for this kind nomination. It is both an honor and a privilege to be aligned amongst such ability. My endless gratitude also to TIM BURTON and the entire cast and crew of 'Sweeney Todd,' without whom, I would not be here today."




Awards and Honors:

     Beginning with the National Board of Review, various organizations have honored Sweeney Toddamong their yearly awards and nominations.  Here is a sampling! (Note that some of these links have gradually expired. I try to remove bad links when noticed).

Major awards and nominations
  • National Board of Review: WINNER: Best Director, Tim Burton.  Gala event was held to honor winners on January 15, 2008.
  • Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes) Awards were presented via televised press conference January 13, 2008.
    • WINNER: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Johnny Depp
    • WINNER: Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
    • Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Helena Bonham Carter
    • Nominated: Best Director – Motion Picture:Tim Burton
  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards were presented February 10, 2008.  No wins.
    • Nominated: Make Up & Hair
    • Nominated: Costume Design
      • Initial longlists (15 contenders in each category): Leading Actor: Johnny Depp, Leading Actress: Helena Bonham Carter, Adapted Screenplay, Make Up & Hair, Special Visual Effects, Sound, Costume Design, Production Design, Music
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars) Awards were presented February 24, 2008.
    • Nominated: Performance by an actor in a leading role: Johnny Depp
    • WINNER: Achievement in art direction: Art Direction: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
    • Nominated: Achievement in costume design: Colleen Atwood
      • Initial shortlist for Makeup (7 contenders)

Other awards and honors
  • Jameson Empire Awards
    • WINNER: Best Actress (Helena Bonham Carter)
    • Nominated: Best Actor (Johnny Depp)
    • Nominated: Best Director (Tim Burton)
    • Nominated: Best Horror
    • Nominated: Best Soundtrack
  • Spike TV Scream Awards 
    • WINNER:  Best Horror Movie
    • WINNER:  Best Actor in a Horror Movie or TV Show (Johnny Depp)
    • Nominated: Best Actress in a Horror Movie or TV Show (Helena Bonham Carter)
    • Nominated: Best Villain (Alan Rickman)
    • Nominated: Best Director (Tim Burton)
  • National Movie Awards (UK)
    • WINNER:   Performance - Male (Johnny Depp)
    • Nominated: Performance - Female (Helena Bonham Carter)
    • Nominated: Musical
  • SyFy Portal Genre Awards
    • WINNER:   Best Actor/Movie (Johnny Depp)
    • Nominated: Best Actress/Movie (Helena Bonham Carter)
  • Teen Choice Awards:  WINNER:  Movie Villain (Johnny Depp)
  • Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films (Saturn Awards)
    • WINNER: Best Horror Film
    • WINNER: Best Costume (Colleen Atwood)
    • Nominated: Best Actor (Johnny Depp)
    • Nominated: Best Actress (Helena Bonham Carter)
    • Nominated: Best Supporting Actor (Alan Rickman)
    • Nominated: Best Direction (Tim Burton)
    • Nominated: Best Writing (John Logan)
    • Nominated: Best Make-up (Peter Owen, Ivana Primorac)
  • International Press Academy (Satellite Awards) (check "New Media" tab)
    • Nominated: Best Overall DVD (2 Disc Collection)
  • Washington DC Area Film Critics Association: WINNER: Best Art Direction
  • Phoenix Film Critics' SocietyWINNER: Best Achievement in Production Design, WINNER: Best Achievement in Costume Design, WINNER: Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male (Edward Sanders)
  • St. Louis Gateway Film Critics AssociationWINNER: Best Score, RUNNER UP: Best Visual Effects, NOMINATED: Best Picture, Best Director 
  • Las Vegas Film Critics SocietyWINNER: Best Costume Design, WINNER: Youth In Film Award (Male-Edward Sanders),
  • Houston Film Critics SocietyWINNER: Best Director, Tim Burton
  • San Diego Film CriticsWINNER: Best Production Design Dante Ferretti
  • Kansas City Film Critics CircleWINNER: Outstanding Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association: RUNNER-UP: Best Production Design (Dante Ferretti)
  • Evening Standard British Film Awards: WINNER: Best Actress: Helena Bonham Carter - Sweeney Todd/Conversations With Other Women
  • American Cinema Editors (ACE Eddie Awards)WINNER: Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical): Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E.
  • Costume Designers GuildWINNER:  Best period film (Colleen Atwood)
  • International Cinephile Society: RUNNER UP: Production Design (Dante Ferretti). NOMINATED:  Best Actor (Johnny Depp), Cinematography, Editing
  • Visual Effects Society: NOMINATED: The Old Bailey: "Created Environment In a Live Action Motion Picture."
  • Art Directors Guild: NOMINATED: Excellence in Production Design for a Feature Film in 2007, Period Piece:  PD: Dante Ferretti
  • Motion Picture Sound Editors: NOMINATED: Best Sound Editing in Feature Film: Music – Musical
  • Young Artist Awards NOMINATED:  Best Performance In A Feature Film: Supporting Young Actor - Comedy or Musical (Ed Sanders)
  • New York Times Oscar Ballot: WINNER: Best Actor (Johnny Depp) 31%, WINNER: Art Direction (Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo) 30%. 3rd PLACE: Costume Design (Colleen Atwood) 22%
  • Moviefone Oscars 2008: WINNER: Best Actor (Johnny Depp) 39%
  • Oscar Igloo Online Community Awards:  WINNER: Best Director (Tim Burton), WINNER: Best Costume Design, WINNER: Best Art Direction, WINNER: Best Score (Original or Pre-Recorded).  NOMINATED: Best Picture, Best Actor (Johnny Depp), Best Cameo/Limited Performance (Sacha Baron Cohen), Best Child/Young Performance (Edward Sanders), Best Editing, Best Sound. 
  • 2007 GoldDerby Film Awards:  WINNER: Art Direction (Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo)NOMINATED: Motion Picture, Director (Tim Burton), Lead Actor (Johnny Depp), Lead Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup/Hair, Sound Editing/Mixing.
  • Blockbuster and e-rewards Oscar survey:  WINNER: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Johnny Depp)
  • Fandango Fan Favorite AwardsWINNER: Top Screen Psycho (Best Reason To Bolt The Doors): Johnny Depp for Sweeney Todd
  • Vanity Fair Little Gold Men: NOMINATED: Ultimate Badass: Sweeney Todd (warning: contains major plot spoilers for Sweeney Todd, No Country For Old Men, and There Will Be Blood)

Top Ten of 2007 Lists (films ranked 1 through 10 or in order)

Sweeney Todd at #1
Roger Friedman, Fox News
Michael Janusonis, The Providence Journal
Robert Butler, Kansas City Star
Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
Sean Elliott, IF Magazine
Keith Cohen, The Movie Guy
#2
Craig Outhier, Orange County Register
Germain Lussier, Times Herald-Record
Jim Slotek, Toronto Sun
#3
A.O. Scott, New York Times (tied)
Keith Phipps, Onion AV Club
Al Alexander, Framingham Metro W Daily News
Lexi Feinberg - Big Picture Big Sound
Tim Lammers, KNBC, Los Angeles
Michael Drakulich, SouthTown Star
Andrew Grant, IndieWire poll
#4
David Edelstein, NPR
Noel Murray, Onion AV Club
Phil Parker, Albuquerque Tribune
Matthew Lucas, From The Front Row
Frank Sheck, Hollywood Reporter
Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood-Elsewhere
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
Lance Goldenberg, Village Voice/LA Weekly
Logan Hill, Village Voice/LA Weekly
#5
Mike Scott, Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
Richard Corliss, Time Magazine
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Ed Symkus Daily News Tribune (Waltham MA)
Jackie Cooper, 41NBC
Tom Tangney, KIRO Seattle
#6
Scott Weinberg, Cinematical.com
Nathan Rabin, Onion AV Club
Susan Wloszczyna - USA Today
Cole Dabney, Cole And Bobby
Houston Film Critics Society
Amy Longsdorf, The Morning Call
David Ehrenstein, Village Voice/LA Weekly
#7
Anne Thompson - Variety
Stephen Holden, New York Times
Andy Gray, Tribune Chronicle
Justin Chang, Village Voice/LA Weekly
#8
Roger Durling, Santa Barbara Independent
African-American Film Critics Association
Jim Ridley, Village Voice/LA Weekly
Glenn Whipp, LA Daily News
#9
Brad Brevet, Rope Of Silicon
Kristian Lin, Fort Worth Weekly
David Poland, Village Voice/LA Weekly
Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
 
#10
David Ansen, Newsweek
Richard Roeper, Chicago SunTimes (tied)
Ray Pride, Movie City News
Michael Wilmington, Village Voice/LA Weekly
Glenn Kenny, Village Voice/LA Weekly
Kevin Williamson, Ottawa Sun (MCN site)

Top Ten of 2007 Lists (unranked lists)
  • National Board of Review: Top Ten
  • New York Film Critics Online (reported on comingsoon.net): Top Eleven
  • New York Magazine: "Almost-Best Pictures (Bloody)" - shared with There Will Be Blood
  • Kurt Loder, MTV: one of 5 films listed after winner Michael Clayton as other best of the year
  • Bob Mondello, NPR Top Five
  • Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune Top Eleven
  • TC Kirkham, popcornnroses/subject:cinema Baker's Dozen
  • Kim Brown, popcornnroses/subject: cinema Top Ten
  • Las Vegas Film Critics Society: Top Ten
  • Kim Voynar - Cinematical.com Top Ten
  • Jennifer Merin - New York Press - Documentaries.About.com Top Ten
  • Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate Top Ten
  • Thelma Adams - US Weekly Top Ten
  • Phoenix Film Critics' Society: Top Ten
  • Lou Gaul, Philly Burbs Top Ten (nine runners-up to No Country For Old Men)
  • Jim Slotek, London Free Press Top Ten
  • Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger Top Ten
  • Andy Klein, LA City Beat Top Ten
  • Keith Uhlich, Village Voice/LA Weekly Top Ten
  • Dennis Harvey, IndieWire poll Top Ten
  • Priscilla Mack, Community Times Top Ten
  • Larry Katz, Community Times Top Ten
Johnny Depp as Best Actor of 2007
  • Logan Hill, Village Voice/LA Weekly #1
  • David Poland, Village Voice/LA Weekly #1
  • Peter Travers, Rolling Stone (Oscar pick)
  • Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper (Oscar pick, tied with Daniel Day-Lewis and George Clooney)
  • David Ehrenstein, Village Voice/LA Weekly #2
  • Aaron Hillis, Village Voice/LA Weekly #3
  • Ray Pride, Village Voice/LA Weekly #3
  • Nathan Rabin, The Onion AV Club (IndieWire poll) #5
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader (IndieWire poll) #5



Formal Reviews, Soundtrack Reviews, and other Articles:

Please visit the Johnny Depp Rocks! Sweeney Todd Reviews and Articles page!
     



Soundtrack Information:

     Nonesuch Records released the Sweeney Todd soundtrack on December 18, 2007.  It entered the Billboard 200 Chart (the chart dated January 5, 2008) at #56, peaked at #16 in its fourth week, and remained in the Top 200 for 24 weeks. It spent the first 8 weeks following its release in the Top 100, and then re-entered the Top 100 for 3 weeks following the DVD release.  It also stayed in the Top 25 on the Billboard Soundtracks chart for 29 weeks, including the first 10 weeks and 2 additional weeks in the Top Ten.  On the charts dated December 31, 2008, the soundtrack again found itself in the Billboard 200 (at #138) and on the Soundtracks chart (at #14) for one more week, possibly due to holiday sales and the soundtrack's Grammy nomination.  Here are the chart positions in chart form (with the exception of the Dec. 31 data).  Click to enlarge:

Billboard 200 Chart  Billboard Top Soundtracks
                   Billboard 200                                            Billboard Top Soundtracks

     Y
ou can hear sound clips of all the tracks on Amazon.  There are two formats to the soundtrack: a "Soundtrack Highlights" disc and a "Deluxe Complete Edition"; the latter is packaged with an 80-page bound booklet, with lyrics and photographs A comparison of the track listings for the two versions is as follows:

Deluxe Complete Edition Soundtrack Highlights       
Opening Title -----
No Place Like London No Place Like London
The Worst Pies in London The Worst Pies in London
Poor Thing Poor Thing
My Friends My Friends
Green Finch & Linnett Bird Green Finch & Linnett Bird
Alms Alms -----
Johanna Johanna
Pirelli's Miracle Elixir Pirelli's Miracle Elixir
The Contest The Contest
Wait Wait
Ladies and Their Sensitivities -----
Pretty Women Pretty Women
Epiphany Epiphany
A Little Priest A Little Priest
Johanna Johanna
God, That's Good! God, That's Good!
By the Sea By the Sea
Not While I m Around Not While I m Around
Final Scene -----

Performance credits from the film:
(click to enlarge)

song credits




Comments from Stephen Sondheim:


     In a February 26, 2007 press release from Dreamworks, Sondheim spoke publicly about the film for perhaps the first time, expressing much enthusiasm for the project:  "Sometimes a story or stage production has to wait a long time until the right people come together to turn it into a motion picture. That's what has happened with 'Sweeney Todd' and I'm excited as well as confident that it will be a first-rate and startling movie."  Burton adds, "I've always wanted to do a musical and 'Sweeney Todd' is my favorite. Stephen's blend of humor, horror and emotion is something that has always connected with me."  In the spring, he mentioned the Sweeney Todd film in an interview while in Cincinnati to receive an award.  He spoke about the unique issues that pertain to the film medium as opposed to stage.
     On July 6, 2007 in Sydney Australia, Sondheim briefly mentioned the film:  "There are songs that have been cut, and cuts within some of the songs, but generally it is pretty much the score... the plot is very little changed ... It is pretty faithful." The report, in The Australian, also said, "Johnny Depp sings his way through the title role: the actor played in a rock band before becoming a star of television, then film."  In another Australian television interview (available only in Australia), he said of Depp: "Everybody forgets he started in a band. He was a band singer before he became a tv star. He was not the lead singer, but he was a backing singer, he was very musical, and he sings too."
     Sondheim was interviewed by Norman Lebrecht of BBC Radio on August 6, and spoke briefly about Sweeney Todd.  He mentioned that he was not involved in the casting of Johnny-- Johnny was already attached to the film when Sondheim became involved.  However, Sondheim did have a say in casting most of the other roles, including Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett and Sacha Baron Cohen as Pirelli, and he spoke very favorably of both actors. 
     On September 27, 2007, Roger Friedman from FoxNews.com reported that Stephen Sondheim told him he has seen the film, and he likes it. “It’s not the Broadway show,” he warned me. “It’s only an hour and 45 minutes. A lot of the score has been cut. They’ve made it its own thing. You have to go in knowing that. But what they’ve done is great.”
     Brendan Lemon attests in his blog entry of October 4, 2007 that Stephen Sondheim "really really" likes the film version of Sweeney Todd: "[Sondheim] says that Johnny Depp gives a terrific, chilling performance."




Multimedia:



Photos:

     Sweeney Todd-specific Photo Galleries are now open on Johnny Depp Rocks!  You can view posters, production stills, press conference photos, premiere photos, and other Sweeney Todd-related images!  Click on the thumbnail below to enter!

sweeney todd


Videos:
     
Also visit the following sites that have gathered the various trailers, TV spots, and featurettes that have popped up so far:




Just for fun!

Every year at Easter, the Washington Post holds its annual Peeps Diorama Contest.  The dioramas all contain Peeps marshmallow candies.  In 2009, one of the finalists was "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Peep Street".  Click the thumbnail to see the entry!

Sweeney Peep

A Japanese toy firm called Medicom has released a miniature figure (called a "Kubrick") of Sweeney Todd. An accompanying bear figure features the Sweeney Todd logo.  The figures are available in Japan, and imported to the US in early 2009.  Click the image to enlarge!

sweeney kubrick

Fans Hillary and Hannah Hindi have some awesome video skits featuring various Depp characters and other famous movie characters.  The following 4 installments show what happens when Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett run into Jack Sparrow and Will Turner.  Check it out! 
The Hillywood Show: Episode #10 on Vimeo
The Hillywood Show: Episode #11 on Vimeo
The Hillywood Show: Episode #12 on Vimeo
Also see other Hillywood parodies that feature more Johnny Depp characters and various other popular movies, including Twilight, on their official site:  The Hillywood Show

Eleni's New York bakery made Oscar Nominee cookies for the Awards season!  From Entertainment Weekly:
ew cookie
Visit Eleni's site here.  

Vanity Fair's Little Gold Men has held "This Year’s Ultimate Badass Competition" among Oscar contenders Sweeney Todd of Sweeney Todd, Anton Chigurh of No Country For Old Men, and Daniel Plainview of There Will Be Blood.  The three characters competed in such categories as "Most Brutal Murder Method" and "Signature Badass Line".  Check out the results of the competition here!
(Spoiler Warning: the article gives away major plot spoilers from all three movies!  Be forewarned!)

Peter Travers from Rolling Stone has some harsh words for the Screen Actors Guild for snubbing Johnny in the Best Actor Category.  Read his warning to AMPAS: "Oscar, don't be stupid" that was published in the January 24, 2008 Rolling Stone Issue:
travers letter


A fan has made a clever "commercial" on YouTube:
And here, the gore level of the film is compared with Mortal Kombat and the American Civil War!

Deviant Art held a movie poster contest for Sweeney Todd.  The winning entries were announced on December 14; see them here and read the artist's comments for the grand prize-winning design here!  Congratulations to the winners on their creative designs!

A fan made some cool "Lego Sweeney" YouTube videos of scenes from Sweeney Todd.   The film cast did the singing.  Unfortunately, the clips have been removed, as of spring 2009.


Prior to any available clips of Johnny's singing, an enterprising member of the IMDb message board has analyzed Johnny's brief singing of "A Pirate's Life For Me" in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, and determined that Johnny can clearly hit a C#2 (C sharp in the 2nd octave), which is apparently a rather low note even for a baritone (which is the vocal register for Sweeney Todd's character). This was good news as far as Johnny being able to handle the deep vocals required for the role!



 Cast:                                                            Other Credits:


Johnny Depp Sweeney Todd Tim Burton Director
Helena Bonham Carter Mrs. Lovett Stephen Sondheim Music And Lyrics
Jamie Campbell Bower Anthony Hope Hugh Wheeler Book
Jayne Wisener Johanna Stephen Sondheim Musical Book
Alan Rickman Judge Turpin Christopher Bond Play
Timothy Spall Beadle Bamford  John Logan Screenplay
Laura Michelle Kelly Beggar Woman Francesca Jaynes Choreographer
Sacha Baron Cohen Pirelli Jonathan Tunick Orchestrator
Ed Sanders Tobias Ragg Paul Gemignani Musical Supervisor

Richard D. Zanuck
Walter Parkes
Laurie MacDonald
John Logan
Producers

For the complete cast and crew, see IMDb
   



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