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The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 5 August 1960 (USA)
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A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it.

Directors:

Roger Corman, Charles B. Griffith (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writer:

Charles B. Griffith (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jonathan Haze ... Seymour Krelborn
Jackie Joseph ... Audrey Fulquard
Mel Welles ... Gravis Mushnick
Dick Miller ... Fouch
Myrtle Vail ... Winifred Krelborn
Karyn Kupcinet ... Shirley (as Tammy Windsor)
Toby Michaels ... Shirley's Friend
Leola Wendorff ... Mrs. Shiva
Lynn Storey Lynn Storey ... Mrs. Hortense Feuchtwanger
Wally Campo ... Sgt. Joe Fink / Narrator
Jack Warford ... Detective Frank Stoolie
Meri Welles ... Leonora Clyde (as Merri Welles)
John Herman Shaner John Herman Shaner ... Dr. Phoebus Farb (as John Shaner)
Jack Nicholson ... Wilbur Force
Dodie Drake Dodie Drake ... Waitress
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Storyline

When the clumsy Seymour Krelboyne spoils two flowers of a client, the owner of a small florist shop Gravis Mushnick is ready to fire him. However Seymour tells that he has mixed two plants of different breeds at home and created a hybrid named Audrey Jr. and Mushnick decides to give another chance to his employee. On the next day, Seymour brings Audrey Jr. that becomes the pride and joy of Mushnick, his other employee Audrey Fulquard and clients. Out of the blue, the flower seems to be dying and Seymour accidentally learns that she likes blood. One day, Seymour is upset since he does not know how to feed the flower and he walks along a railroad. When he throws a stone near a railroad track, he accidentally hits the head of a man that falls on the track and is a train runs over him. Seymour brings the pieces of the man to the shop and finds that the plant likes flesh. On the next morning, Audrey Jr. has grown and become the attraction of the shop. But how will Seymour feed his plant ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

The flowers that kill in the Spring TRA-LA See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Passionate People Eater See more »

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Budget:

$27,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dick Miller was originally offered the role of Seymour Krelboin, but declined it in favor of the flower-eating Mr. Fouch instead. See more »

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Mel Welles' character name is spelled as "Mushnik" in the end credits, but appears as "Mushnick" on the sign outside his shop. See more »

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Sgt. Joe Fink: [voiceover over a panning shot of a drawing of a sleazy neighbourhood] My name is Sergeant Joe Fink, working the 24-hour shift out of homicide. And this is my workshop. The part of town that everybody knows about, but that nobody wants to see - where the tragedies are deeper, the ecstasy's wilder and the crime rate consistently higher than anywhere else. Skid Row... my beat.
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The Filmgroup Inc. opening logo is cut from some prints. See more »

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Referenced in Tiny Toon Adventures: You Asked for It: Part 2 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
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Words by Robert Burns
Sung off-screen and a cappella by Jonathan Haze
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I lurve this movie!
3 April 2004 | by Ben_CheshireSee all my reviews

Funny, sexy black comedy shot by "King of the B's" Roger Corman on a landmark budget of 27 000 and in landmark time of only 2 days! Its the funniest movie i've seen from 1960 or before, and between this fact, the fact that it is black comedy, and the fact that it has the charm and lack of pretension of a cheaply made horror movie, its no wonder it has such a huge cult following.

It has the incredibly sexy Jackie Joseph, one of the most buxom lasses i've ever seen, and many risque scenes, which, along with the jazzy soundtrack and black humour, give this a much freer feel than any studio picture of the era, or any picture before. Its humour hasn't aged a bit - and feels quite modern compared to most humour of the day.

As an added curio, this features Jack Nicholson in his first ever appearance in a feature film (he was in one short film before it), as the nerdy, masochistic patient who squeals with delight when the dentist is drilling holes in his mouth and pulling teeth. Though its only a five minute part, its a great part.

The movie is filled with an edgy humour that the remakes (including the broadway musical, which the 1986 film was based on) are too conservative for. I thoroughly recommend it to you.

Corman went on to become one of the most important producers of the century, since he provided opportunities to many young filmmakers in the 70's, whose projects the major studios would never have invested in, and so we would have been deprived of the talents of Peter Bogdanovich, Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now), Martin Scorcese (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) and many others. Corman taught them how to just go out and make a good movie, and make it cheaply - and his major qualification to be able to teach them this, in my opinion, is that he made Little Shop of Horrors.


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