Little Shop of Horrors

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Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

In the basement of Mushnik’s Skid Row florist’s, weedy shop-boy Seymour pines for bubbly-blonde shop-girl Audrey. But the basement is also home to a strange and unusual plant, a growing, bloodthirsty demon determined to devour mankind. It’s hard to pinpoint just what makes this surreal saga such a delight. There’s the music, a wonderful doowop score from the off-Broadway hit based on Corman’s 1960 cult classic. There’s the antics of Second City veteran comedians (Murray, Candy, Belushi). There’s Steve Martin as ‘The Dentist’, Audrey’s biker-boyfriend, a happy-go-lucky sadist who nearly steals the show. And finally there's the plant, a 50-ft jiving, root-stomping, vegetable from whose 49-ft lips comes the voice of Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops. Though Frank Oz will be damned for changing the play’s original ending—let them eat carrots—this wild and witty musical is great fun.

Release details

Rated: PG-13
Release date: Friday December 19 1986
Duration: 93 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Frank Oz
Screenwriter: Howard Ashman
Cast: John Candy
Bill Murray
Christopher Guest
Miriam Margolyes
Ellen Greene
Steve Martin
Rick Moranis
Tisha Campbell
Michelle Weeks
Vincent Gardenia
Tichina Arnold
James Belushi
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