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Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

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A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Director:

Frank Oz

Writers:

Howard Ashman (screenplay by), Howard Ashman (based on the musical play "Little Shop of Horrors") | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Levi Stubbs ... Audrey II (voice)
Rick Moranis ... Seymour Krelborn
Ellen Greene ... Audrey
Vincent Gardenia ... Mushnik
Steve Martin ... Orin Scrivello - D.D.S.
Tichina Arnold ... Crystal
Michelle Weeks ... Ronette
Tisha Campbell-Martin ... Chiffon (as Tisha Campbell)
Jim Belushi ... Patrick Martin (as James Belushi)
John Candy ... Wink Wilkinson
Christopher Guest ... The First Customer
Bill Murray ... Arthur Denton
Stan Jones ... Narrator (voice) (as Stanley Jones)
Bertice Reading ... 'Downtown' Old Woman
Ed Wiley ... 'Downtown' Bum #1
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Storyline

Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey's sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey's ex. Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it? Written by HannahMontaniwitz

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plant | florist | shop | eclipse | dentist | See All (76) »

Taglines:

A Singing Plant. A Daring Hero. A Sweet Girl. A Demented Dentist. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including comic horror violence, substance abuse, language and sex references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der kleine Horrorladen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,659,884, 21 December 1986

Gross USA:

$38,982,260

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,982,260
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Geffen Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Levi Stubbs voiced a talking carnivorous plant in an episode of the cartoon "Visonaries: Knights of the Magical Light". "Honor Among Thieves" (#1.11) See more »

Goofs

In the "Somewhere That's Green" number, they show two scenes from "I Love Lucy". The first scene has her spitting all the chocolate into her chef's hat and the second scene has her having a chocolate fight with a co-worker. In actuality, the chocolate fight scene came early in the episode and the chocolate in the chef's hat came at the end of the show. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: On the twenty-third day of the month of September, in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence. And this terrifying enemy surfaced, as such enemies often do, in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places...
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Crazy Credits

"Special Thanks" are given to Paul Dooley, because his scenes as Patrick Martin were cut and re-cast with Jim Belushi. Dooley's scenes are restored for the Director's cut, and consequently Belushi gets the "Special Thanks" instead. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original colorized copy of the film's original ending was thought to be lost in a studio fire. However, as David Geffen didn't find out after the original DVD version was recalled, no such copy had ever existed. The ending remained lost, until director Frank Oz held a Q&A session during a Jim Henson-themed exhibit at the Museum of The Moving Image in Queens, NY that Warner Bros was in fact would release a restored edition of the film with the original ending for a future Blu-Ray and DVD release. Warner used re-discovered color negatives and production notes from Oz and the film's creative team to complete a Director's Cut with the original ending restored. The Blu-Ray and DVD were released on October 9th, 2012, and screened as part of a "Masterworks" screening (with "Richard III" and "Heaven's Gate") at the 50th New York Film Festival. Originally subtitled, "The intended Cut", the name was changed to "The Director's Cut", when Oz began to support the release. See more »


Soundtracks

Prologue (Little Shop of Horrors)
Written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Arranged and Adapted by Bob Gaudio and Robby Merkin
Produced by Bob Gaudio
Performed by Michelle Weeks, Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell-Martin with Bill Mitchell
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Loving homage to B movie ideals
7 January 1999 | by djfosterSee all my reviews

One of the most unappreciated films of the eighties, the songs, performances, and especially the affectionate screenplay all harken back to the cheap old days of Roger Corman and his B movie compatriots. From Steve Martin's sadistic Elvis-inspired dentist to the early girl-group rock score, "Little Shop" moves with an appropriately cheesy style that lets you in on the joke, yet never insults you for loving those poverty row movies.


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