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Little Shop of Horrors

Rick Moranis  Actor Ellen Greene  Actor Vincent Gardenia  Actor Steve Martin  Actor Levi Stubbs  Actor


MPAA Rating: PG13
Contains:Adult Situations,Questionable for Children,Adult Language

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Little Shop of Horrors

Theatrical Release Date: 1986 12 19 (USA)

UPC: 085391832522

Studio: Warner Home Video

MPAA Rating: PG13   Contains:[Adult Situations, Questionable for Children, Adult Language]

Summary: It started as a 1960 Roger Corman horror comedy, filmed in two days; it then inspired a lavish 1982 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Finally in 1986, Little Shop of Horrors (1960) graduated into a multimillion-dollar, all-star film musical. Rick Moranis plays nebbishy Seymour Krelborn, who works in a rundown flower shop on Skid Row. While his boss (Vincent Gardenia) bemoans the lack of business, Seymour seeks a way of bringing the shop -- and himself -- fame and fortune. He purchases a strange plant from an even stranger oriental street vendor (Vincent Wong), naming the plant after his girlfriend Audrey (Ellen Greene, one of the few carry-overs from the Broadway version). Gradually, Seymour learns to his horror that "Audrey II" (given the voice of R&B performer Levi Stubbs) craves blood and flesh. With each of Audrey II's "FEEED MEEE"s, Seymour must scare up human food to satisfy the plant's appetite. One such victim is dentist Steve Martin, a leather-jacketed Elvis type (the dentist's ultra-masochistic patient played by Jack Nicholson in the 1960 original is here impersonated by Bill Murray). The lighthearted tone of the film darkens as Audrey II grows in monstrosity, but the unhappy ending of the Broadway version is avoided herein. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: Comedy

Awards: Best Picture - Musical or Comedy – null Best Song – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture - Musical or Comedy – Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Features: Feature-length commentary by director Frank Oz
Outtakes and gags
Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
Interactive menus
Production notes
2 theatrical trailers
Scene access
Language & subtitles: English, Français, Español

Little Shop of Horrors

Format: DVD

Release Date: 05/23/2000

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Theatre Wide-Screen

Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, 2 PCM stereo, 1 USA & territories, Canada

Runtime: 94 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Prologue: Little Shop Of Horrors [6:09]
2. Skid Row (Downtown) [4:26]
3. Strange And Interesting Plant [2:07]
4. Da-Doo [1:20]
5. "Twice as many!" [2:10]
6. Grow For Me [4:43]
7. Wink Wilkinson's Weirrrrrd World [3:58]
8. Somewhere That's Green [4:24]
9. Some Fun Now [1:35]
10. A Low Self-Image [2:14]
11. Dentist! [2:32]
12. Orin Scrivello, DDS [3:14]
13. Feed Me (Git It) [5:55]
14. "A long, slow root canal." [7:38]
15. Feeding The Plant [5:54]
16. Suddenly, Seymour [4:16]
17. Suppertime I [4:02]
18. The Meek Shall Inherit [4:01]
19. Suppertime II; Suddenly, Seymour Reprise; A Proposition [:30]
20. Mean Green Mother From Outer Space [8:37]
21. End Credits [7:29]

Perry Seibert

This very entertaining film may be the only movie musical to contain an Elvis-inspired number that celebrates a dentist's sadism. This song, shocking, funny, and very catchy, neatly summarizes the charms of this simultaneously light and dark movie musical. The major share of the film's success belongs to lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken. Their songs straddle the line between joy and satire. Musically they invoke recognizable styles ('50s doo-wop, saccharine Broadway love song), but the pointed, comical lyrics constantly collide with the music's sensibilities and the contrast produces continuously entertaining results. Director Frank Oz, arguably the finest puppeteer of his generation, does a spectacular job bringing the gigantic Audrey II to life. Former Four Tops singer Levi Stubbs gives a superb vocal performance as the cannibalistic plant. The rest of the case finds the absolute right level of outrageousness to match the cartoonish art direction. Steve Martin, playing the sadistic dentist, and Bill Murray, a masochistic patient, have a comedic scene that matches the songs for perversity and hilariousness. Ashman and Menken would go on to even greater success, penning the songs in Disney's The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Howard Ashman  Screenwriter 
David Geffen  Producer 
Miles Goodman  Composer (Music Score) 
Alan Menken  Composer (Music Score) 
Frank Oz  Director 
William S. Gilmore  Producer 
Rick Moranis  Actor 
Ellen Greene  Actor 
Vincent Gardenia  Actor 
Steve Martin  Actor 
Levi Stubbs  Actor 
Tichina Arnold  Actor 
Tisha Campbell  Actor 
Michelle Weeks  Actor 
John Candy  Actor 
James Belushi  Actor 
Christopher Guest  Actor 
Bill Murray  Actor 
Paul Dooley  Actor 
Stan Jones  Actor 
Bertice Reading  Actor 
Ed Wiley  Actor 
Alan Tilvern  Actor 
John Scott Martin  Actor 
Vincent Wong  Actor 
Mak Wilson  Actor 
Danny Cunningham  Actor 
Danny John-Jules  Actor 
Gary Palmer  Actor 
Paul Swaby  Actor 
Mildred Shay  Actor 
Melissa Wiltsie  Actor 
Kevin Scott  Actor 
Barbara Rosenblat  Actor 
Adeen Fogle  Actor 
Kelly Huntley  Actor 
Paul Reynolds  Actor 
Miriam Margolyes  Actor 
Abbie Dabner  Actor 
Frank Dux  Actor 
Peter Whitman  Actor 
Heather Henson  Actor 
Judith Morse  Actor 
Bob Sherman  Actor 
Doreen Hermitage  Actor 
Kerry Shale  Actor 
Robert Arden  Actor 
Stephen Hoye  Actor 
Bob Sessions  Actor 
Michael J. Shannon  Actor 
Christine Norden  Actor 

Country: USA