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Little Shop of Horrors DVD 1986 / Directed by Frank Oz / Starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, James Belushi / Most Outrageous Musical Comedy in Years

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Little Shop of Horrors DVD 1986 / Directed by Frank Oz / Starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, James Belushi / Most Outrageous Musical Comedy in Years

UPC 7321900183253

REGION 2 PAL DVD  

MADE IN GERMANY

AUDIO: English 5.1, French 2.0, Italian mono

SUBTITLES: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, English HOH, Italian HOH

Playtime: 90 minutes

 

English Summary:

Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 American sci-fi comedy musical film directed by Frank Oz. It is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, which in turn was based on the 1960 film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman, about a geeky florist shop worker who finds out his Venus flytrap can speak. The film stars Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, and Levi Stubbs as the voice of Audrey II. The film also featured special appearances by Jim Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest and Bill Murray. It was produced by David Geffen through The Geffen Company and released by Warner Bros. on December 19, 1986. 

In the early 1960s, a three-girl "Greek chorus"—Crystal, Ronnette, and Chiffon—introduce the film, warning the audience that some horror is coming their way ("Prologue: Little Shop of Horrors"). Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis) and his colleague, Audrey (Ellen Greene), work at Mushnik's Flower Shop in a run-down, rough neighborhood in New York City referred to as "Skid Row". They lament that they cannot escape the neighborhood ("Skid Row (Downtown)"). Struggling from a lack of customers, Mr. Mushnik (Vincent Gardenia) decides to close the store, but Audrey suggests he may have more success by displaying an unusual plant that Seymour owns. Immediately attracting a customer, Seymour explains he bought the plant—which he dubbed "Audrey II", from a Chinese flower shop during a solar eclipse ("Da-Doo"). Attracting business to Mushnik's shop, the plant soon starts to wither. Seymour accidentally pricks his finger, and discovers that Audrey II needs human blood to thrive ("Grow for Me").

 

Cast

  • Rick Moranis as Seymour Krelborn, a nerdy florist who loves "strange and interesting" plants. He is nice and well-intentioned, but is easily influenced: the plant, Audrey II, tricks him into feeding it humans.
  • Ellen Greene as Audrey, a kind, shy, friendly, and awkward coworker who is the object of Seymour's affections, but who is dating the sadistic Orin Scrivello.
  • Vincent Gardenia as Mr. Mushnik, the grumpy, stingy owner of Mushnik's Flower Shop.
  • Steve Martin as Orin Scrivello, DDS, a sadistic, nitrous oxide-addicted dentist and Audrey's violent, abusive boyfriend.
  • Levi Stubbs as the voice of Audrey II, an evil and boisterous flytrap-like extraterrestrial plant with plans to take over the planet.
  • Tichina Arnold, Michelle Weeks, and Tisha Campbell as Crystal, Ronette, and Chiffon, the three mysterious girls who act as a Greek chorus and often provide back-up to the songs throughout the film.
  • Jim Belushi as Patrick Martin, a Licensing and Marketing executive from World Botanical Enterprises who offers Seymour a proposal to sell Audrey IIs worldwide. Belushi appears in the theatrical release after re-shoots, as actor Paul Dooley (who played Martin in the original ending) was unavailable to reprise his scenes for the re-shoots.
  • John Candy as Wink Wilkinson, the DJ for WSKID who puts on a radio show about "weird stuff" called "Wink Wilkinson's Weird World".
  • Christopher Guest as The First Customer, the first customer to enter the flower shop and notice Audrey II.
  • Bill Murray as Arthur Denton, a hyperactive masochist who visits Orin the dentist for "a long, slow root canal."
  • Miriam Margolyes as a Dental Nurse, Orin's cynical nurse/secretary who Orin frequently appears to enjoy hurting.
  • Stanley Jones as the Narrator, whose voice is heard reading the opening words.
  • Mak Wilson, Danny John-Jules, Danny Cunningham, Gary Palmer, and Paul Swaby as the doo-wop backup singers.
  • Heather Henson (daughter of Jim Henson) cameos as one of Orin's patients.
  • Vincent Wong as the Chinese Florist
  • Kerry Shale as Life magazine assistant
  • Audrey II was operated by Anthony Asbury, Brian Henson, Mak Wilson, Robert Tygner, Sue Dacre, David Barclay, Marcus Clarke, Paul Springer, David Greenaway, Toby Philpott, Michael Bayliss, Michael Barclay, Don Austen, Chris Leith, William Todd-Jones, Terry Lee, Ian Tregonning, John Alexander, Michael Quinn, James Barton, and Graham Fletcher

 

Directed by Frank Oz
Produced by David Geffen
Screenplay by Howard Ashman
Based on Little Shop of Horrors
by Howard Ashman
The Little Shop of Horrors
by Roger Corman
Charles B. Griffith
Starring
  • Rick Moranis
  • Ellen Greene
  • Vincent Gardenia
  • Steve Martin
  • James Belushi
  • John Candy
  • Christopher Guest
  • Bill Murray
Music by Miles Goodman (score)
Alan Menken (songs)
Cinematography Robert Paynter
Edited by John Jympson
Production
company
The Geffen Company
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • December 19, 1986
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

 

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