Sweeney Todd

2007

Benjamin Barker
a.k.a. Sweeney Todd

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MOVIE TRAILER


GENERAL INFORMATION

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton join forces again in a big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical thriller Sweeney Todd. 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 and Sacha Baron Cohen is a rival barber, the flamboyant Signor Adolfo Pirelli.

Director: Tim Burton

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

Awards & Nominations:

2008 ACADEMY AWARDS (OSCAR)
Best Achievement in Art Direction - Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo (Won)
Oscar Best Achievement in Costume Design - Colleen Atwood (Nominated)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Johnny Depp (Nominated)

2008 ACADEMY OF SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR FILMS(SATURN)
Award Best Costume - Colleen Atwood (Won)
Best Horror Film – (Nominated)
Best Actor - Johnny Depp (Nominated)
Best Actress - Helena Bonham Carter (Nominated)
Best Director - Tim Burton (Nominated)
Best Make-Up - Peter Owen, Ivana Primorac (Nominated)
Best Supporting Actor - Alan Rickman (Nominated)
Best Writing - John Logan (Nominated)

2008 AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS
Eddie Best Edited Feature Film in a Comedy or Musical - Chris Lebenzon (Won)

2008 ART DIRECTORS GUILD
Excellence in Production Design Award Feature Film in a Period Film - Dante Ferretti, Gary Freeman, David Warren, Guy Bradley, Peter Dorme (Nominated)

2008 BAFTA AWARDS
Best Costume Design - Colleen Atwood (Nominated)
Best Make Up & Hair - Ivana Primorac (Nominated)

2008 BROADCAST FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS
Award Best Acting Ensemble - (Nominated)
Best Actor - Johnny Depp (Nominated)
Best Director - Tim Burton (Nominated)
Best Picture - (Nominated)
Best Young Actor - Ed Sanders (Nominated)

2008 COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD AWARDS
Excellence in Costume Design for Period Film - Colleen Atwood (Won)

2009 EMPIRE AWARDS
Best Actor - Johnny Depp (Nominated)
Best Actress - Helena Bonham Carter (Nominated)
Best Director - Tim Burton (Nominated)
Best Horror - (Nominated)
Best Soundtrack - (Nominated)

2008 EVENING STANDARD BRITISH FILM AWARDS
Award Best Actress - Helena Bonham Carter (Won)

2008 GOLDEN GLOBES
Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy – (Won)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture in a Musical or Comedy - Johnny Depp (Won)
Golden Globe Best Director in a Motion Picture - Tim Burton (Nominated)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture in a Musical or Comedy - Helena Bonham Carter (Nominated)

2008 GOLDEN TRAILER AWARDS
Best International Poster - (Nominated)

2009 GRAMMY AWARDS
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media - (Nominated)

2008 KANAS CITY FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
Vincent Koehler Award for Outstanding Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film – (Won)

2007 LAS VEGAS FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS
Sierra Award Best Costume Design - Colleen Atwood (Won)
Youth in Film – Male - Ed Sanders (Won)

2008 LONDON CRITICS CIRCLE FILM AWARDS
British Actress of the Year - Helena Bonham Carter (Nominated)

2008 MTV MOVIE AWARDS
Best Villain - Johnny Depp (Won)

2008 MOTION PICTURE SOUND EDITORS
Best Sound Editing - Music in a Musical Feature Film - Michael Higham, Sam Southwick, John Warhurst (Nominated)

2007 NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW
Best Director - Tim Burton (Won)

2008 NATIONAL MOVIE AWARDS
Best Performance - Male - Johnny Depp (Won)
National Movie Award Best Musical - (Nominated)
Best Performance – Female - Helena Bonham Carter (Nominated)

2007 PHENIX FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS
Best Achievement in Costume Design - Colleen Atwood (Won)
Best Achievement in Production Design - Dante Ferretti (Won)
Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Male - Ed Sanders (Won)

2007 SAN DIEGO FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS
Best Production Design - Dante Ferretti (Won)

2008 SATELLITE AWARDS
Best Overall DVD (Nominated)

2008 TEEN CHOICE AWARDS
Choice Movie Villain - Johnny Depp (Won)

2008 VISUAL EFFECTS SOCIETY AWARDS
Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture (For the Old Bailey) - Rafael Morant, Julian Gnass, Nakia McGlynn, Christine Wong For the Old Bailey (Nominated)

2007 WASHINGTON DC AREA FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATIN AWARDS
Best Art Direction - Dante Ferretti (Won)

2008 YOUNG ARTISTS AWARDS
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor in a Comedy or Musical - Ed Sanders (Nominated)


ABOUT THIS MOVIE

(Compiled by Ashley)

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"Well, having worked with sharp objects before, I thought everything was fine. Until I actually had to shave someone! That made me real nervous."
--Johnny Depp
-newsblaze.com

"I think I was probably more frightened than anyone. Tim didn't know if I could sing, and I didn't know if I could sing either. And I really didn't know if I could pull it off. So I did these demos in my friend's garage studio, because I didn't know if I'd be able to hit a note, to be honest. I really didn't. I started to record the songs to see if I could get over the initial fear of that type of exposure. But my instinct told me, it doesn't matter if you know how to sing. Just sing. So that's what I did."
--Johnny Depp
newsblaze.com

"[Sweeney’s look] was probably a combination. Early on, Tim and I spoke a lot about silent film. And the king of silent cinema, especially the horror genre, was Lon Chaney. So using him was a great inspiration. And Boris Karloff is one of the classic iconic images of these monsters. So is Peter Lorre, whom I love. And in terms of sound, it's hard to say. Iggy Pop, maybe. Iggy has a beautiful, deep quality. And he's a real crooner."
--Johnny Depp
newsblaze.com

"Ah, finally! It's a radical left turn, that's for sure. The difficulty and the challenge [was] taking a character like that and attempting to make people feel for him, at the same time that he's slashing people up. Not easy. But I certainly hope it came across that way."
--Johnny Depp (on Sweeney freaking out pre-pubescent girls)
Entertainment Weekly
November 9, 2007

"When I was finishing Pirates of the Caribbean, the third one, I had a good two-hour drive to work and a good two-hour drive back home, and that was what I did every day. I would listen to [the score] nonstop, just constantly. Various versions. And then just a musical version without any vocals. I saturated my noggin with it."
--Johnny Depp
Entertainment Weekly
November 9, 2007

"The idea was that he'd had this hideous trauma, from being sent away, locked away. That streak of white hair became the shock of that rage. It represented his rage over what had happened. It's certainly not the first time anyone's used it. But it's effective. It tells a story all by itself. My brother had a white spot growing up, and his son has this kind of shock of white in his hair."
--Johnny Depp
Entertainment Weekly
November 9, 2007

"I do love a great challenge. I did a musical in 1989 (Cry Baby), but they dubbed my voice…[Sondheim's melodies] were kind of a bugger to deal with, but I think we got there."
--Johnny Depp
Empire Magazine
October 2007

"There is always a moment on every movie where you go, 'Okay, this is that moment. I'm about to potentially fall flat on my face, and I might as well dive in and see what happens.' That's how it was when I started singing the songs for the first time. I just felt like an idiot. It was one of the most exposing, bizarre things that I've ever done. I mean, at forty-three years old, it's the first time I'd sung a song all the way through."
--Johnny Depp
Esquire Magazine
January 2008

"[Revenge] is a feeling that most people don't want to admit to. But I think we all have it, secretly. It's certainly in there. I'm a big fan of revenge, so I think it is a story of a man who, obviously, clearly, his obsession is to avenge the horror that happened to him… He is kind of cleansed at the end."
--Johnny Depp
Press Conference – Sweeney Todd DVD Extra
November 2007

"Once I got over the initial fear [of singing], it was kind of enjoyable. Sondheim's melodies and lyrics are a real pleasure to sort of tromp around in. It is really beautiful stuff. Would I ever do it again? No, I doubt it very seriously."
--Johnny Depp
Press Conference – Sweeney Todd DVD Extra
November 2007

"The killing of everyone - that was the easy part. The most difficult bit was actually lathering them up and shaving them. That's the part that freaked me out most."
--Johnny Depp
Press Conference – Sweeney Todd DVD Extra
November 2007

"[The inspiration] was very different than most movies, than most characters, because the character actually kind of came out of the singing, out of the words, Sondheim's words, his melodies, the emotion that the arrangements kind of evoke. I heard him before I saw him." --Johnny Depp
Moviefone Unscripted Interview
2008

Quotes from others:

"No sense of your invading private territory. It's completely shared and open and you all work on this piece of work together, particularly with Johnny because he's very much a team player. You've just got problems to solve. So the vision and the imagination and the drive and the energy which is one thing."
--Alan Rickman
Press Junket
December 2007

"Weirdly not, maybe it should have been, but you know I was pretending. It is odd, I was being paid by my boyfriend to fall in love with his best friend. It was a strange situation."
--Helena Bonham Carter
Press Conference – Sweeney Todd DVD Extra
November 2007

"I had absolutely no idea if he could sing. He said, 'I thought I could do it.' I strangely had absolutely no fear of that whatsoever. I worry about a lot of things, but I strangely did not fear it at all. When I got beyond that I was - he exceeded my expectations. I was very lucky I didn't go through any angst of that at all."
--Tim Burton
thedeadbolt.com

"We always saw him as emotional. That's what Johnny brought to it. When Peter Lorre looked at you, you just see all sorts of things that are going through the guy's head, both positive and negative. But even for a monster there is a humanity that comes through. It's very interiorized, which was very interesting to try and do. That was the goal to mix all things together."
--Tim Burton
thedeadbolt.com

"Meeting him and the fact that he'd had a musical background... he came from a rock band even though he was not a lead singer, I knew he was musical just from that. And I also knew that he was intelligent enough from talking to him that he would not allow himself to play this part unless he thought he could handle it vocally. I knew he was not about to get up there and have to have his voiced dubbed or come off croaking. So Johnny Depp cast Johnny Depp - I trusted him entirely because I knew that he was no fool and he would only do it if he felt he could handle it. And he, I [instructed him] 'Listen to the score carefully and if you think you can handle it, fine by me.' And I was right."
--Stephen Sondheim
thedeadbolt.com

"[Johnny] has got an uncanny ability to make anything cool. He is a hip person, Johnny. His choices are always really clever. It makes my life so much better, because it's so much easier to pretend when you completely believe in the person opposite."
--Helena Bonham Carter
The Making of Sweeney Todd - Sweeney Todd DVD Extra

"He really sings from the gut. It's very sexy."
--Helena Bonham Carter
The Making of Sweeney Todd - Sweeney Todd DVD Extra

"[Johnny] said he wouldn't do it unless I helped. I think instead of going in front of someone with a piano and doing vocal warm-ups or whatever, he just wanted to go in with a friend that would be honest with him and say if he sucked or if he was great, and whether he should do it or shouldn't. So we went to my place, drank some wine and smoked a bunch of cigarettes, and then it was like, 'Are we going to do this or what?'"
--Bruce Witkin
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Mark Salisbury

"I was like 'Do you want the good news or the bad news?' Johnny goes, 'Well, give me the bad news.' And I said, 'The bad news is you're going to have to do this.'"
--Bruce Witkin (after hearing Johnny sing)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Mark Salisbury

"I went into Tim's office with great relief. We had the biggest smiles because we knew we had a great voice with Johnny Depp, who can really pull this off."
--Richard D. Zanuck (on hearing Johnny sing for the first time)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Mark Salisbury