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Brimstone & Treacle (1982)

A strange young man has a sinister effect on the family of a middle-aged writer.

Director:

Richard Loncraine

Writers:

Dennis Potter (play), Dennis Potter (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sting ... Martin Taylor
Denholm Elliott ... Tom Bates
Joan Plowright ... Norma Bates
Suzanna Hamilton ... Patricia Bates
Benjamin Whitrow ... Businessman
Dudley Sutton ... Stroller
Mary MacLeod ... Valerie Holdsworth
Tim Preece Tim Preece ... Clergyman
Elizabeth Bradley Elizabeth Bradley ... Woman Passer By
Hugh Walters Hugh Walters ... Man
Christopher Fairbanks Christopher Fairbanks ... Drunk
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Storyline

This is a modern gothic tale about the evil that men do and the price that must be paid to make things right. This movie is a remake of Brimstone and Treacle (1976), which included Denholm Elliott in its original cast as Mr. Tom Bates. This movie also included an incredibly cool soundtrack of songs by artists like The Go-Go's, The Police, Squeeze, and an irreverently stylish 1930s little diddy called "Spread a Little Happiness", performed by Sting by himself. Written by Gerry Kissell <repdetect@yahoo.com>

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An intriguing fantasy of angelic innocence and devilish passion.

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brimstone See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The picture of Christ that Mrs. Norma Bates (Dame Joan Plowright) lingers at on her way to the kitchen, is William Holman-Hunt's "Light of the World". See more »

Quotes

Tom Bates: Miss Holdsworth, raise your skirt please.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are listed on the pages of a book floating on moving water. See more »

Connections

References A Kind of Loving (1962) See more »

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Brimstone & Treacle
Written and performed by Sting
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worth watching,forget the musical element
23 May 2006 | by VicTheDaddySee all my reviews

Dennis Potter never made a drama that never had a point,its just that his work was so deep the point of his dramas wasn't always obvious,in fact you felt you needed a high IQ level to get your head around his work.The important message of this film is that we shouldn't always be so trusting towards strangers,especially ones who seem so angelic they may have ulterior motives and in this case he did.How many cases have there been where the mentally handicapped have been abused by their carers,its not that often but its enough.Plus cases of the elderly go into nursing homes and end up being shoved about,i think he was making a very strong point.Stings character was a wolf in sheep's clothing,i think in the original version he was played by Micheal Kitchen,who i feel played the part better,the original version has only been on TV once as it had been banned,and may still be.The original version does put the point across better,i feel the remake lacks this, probably because Sting whose much more well known as a singer wasn't a good choice,it just made the film seem bizarre,people went to see this film purely to see what his acting was going to be like,so the point of the story sort of got lost.Dennis Potter was quiet ingenious, he never made a controversial film for the sake of being controversial,there was much more to him than that.Although i must admit its a pretty disturbing film,not one you would easily forget.


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