The fashion is way too anachronistic for 1800.
Since when were musicals supposed to be historically accurate?
I bet that the real French revolutionaries never fake-marched in a perfect V-formation, but that doesn't make Les Mis any less of a good show.
Geez, Dan, you can pull up a map of London online in about three seconds. The answer is yes, St. Paul's is upstream from Tower Bridge.
At the time the movie was set, I think there was only one bridge across the Thames, London Bridge, the original medieval one, not the one that's there now or even the John Rennie replacement, which might have been in construction then -- maybe THAT'S what they meant?
No, I see that Westminster Bridge would have been built by then. Again, not the one that's there now.
I suppose next you're going to tell us johnny depp isnt english. the travesty!
Also--and brace yourselves for this one--chipmunks do not sing!
In any case, it's somewhat unlikely that a fully-rigged sailing ship would have ventured quite that far up the Thames, since the main dockyards for London were located a little more than a mile downriver at Wapping.
I've always wanted to comment in the goofs section of movies like Harry Potter, saying "Magic doesn't exist." I don't really see how different that is from an anachronism - don't people randomly and publicly burst into song in this movie?
Yikes. Yes, that's true. Couldn't get past the bridges.
@5--if you squeeze them hard enough, they'll sing.
Hey, they pulled the ad with Big Ben in it, they didn't say, "Hey, this is a musical, people!" So... I thought I'd point this out.
C'mon, Big Ben is the name of the main bell inside the clock tower, it's NOT the name of the tower itself.
I thought it was Big Sven...!
@11 As a fellow Pedant, I can only say "Thank You"
Further search reveals a plethora of information about Sweeney Todd both in fiction and non-. Enjoy. As for anachronisms, watches and sunglasses were noted in the throngs of Romans attending the chariot race in "Ben-Hur" - so Big Ben /Clock Tower - not so much...
Dan, that could be the first of the errors section at IMDB.com.
The trivia is already pretty good
my expertise lies north of the humber
As the costumes and production design indicate, this film obviously isn't set in 1800...more likely it's set sometime in the late 1840s or early 1850s.
(Sweeney Todd as we know him is largely a fictional creation, popularized in 1846 publication entitled "The String of Pearls: A Romance"...the movie seems to reflect this version of the character).
All in all, it was fairly good.
Still a wonderful film, deserving of its many nominations.
This is Tim Burton. It's all about the look. To hell with everything else, e.g coherent stories, compelling plots, etc.
Yeah, I'll see it. Hopefully it won't suck *ss as bad as PLANET OF THE APES did.
Have to admit I chuckled as well to see such an attempt at pendantry (if you will allow the word) foiled by it's own inaccuracy. Big Ben != Clock Tower.
BTW: Not to be repetitive, but rumor has it that S. Toddd *did not exist at all*. And if he did, there is no evidence that he routinely burst into song.
These revelations should be sufficient to undermine any plans educators have for using *Sweeney Todd* as a historical text.
Damn you, JayHoytt!
I haven't seen the images of the ship in question, but tall ships couldn't sail up the Thames as far as the Bridge. There are smallish waterfalls (probably gone, now) that impede their passage. The closest they could get was Rotherhithe, which in 1800 was outside the city.
Are you sure? The direction of the Thames changes with the tide. I've seen it with my own eyes.
Also, a whale recently got lost up in it and was seen near the tower "formerly known as Big Ben". How'd that bloody whale make it up the waterfalls?
yeah and people keep breaking out into song? what's up with that man? did people even DO that in the 1800's??
Good point, Cale. People in the 1800s broke out in OPEN SORES.
None of this matters.....It's only the best musical ever written.....I absolutely can't wait.
I saw the recent Broadway staging twice (once in New York and this past fall in SF) and it was once again amazing.
I've always thought that it was probably set in the 1830s or 40s, when London was the largest and filthiest city in Europe (and maybe the world).....
As a singer eons ago, I have to say being in this show was the highlight of my experience in theater. My voice never sounded better before or after that show (in 1983!) Sondheim does not write music that is easy.
As a resident of the city where Stephen Sondheim sent Sweeney, I would like to chime in (pun intended) with some information to assist in this discussion. Transportation to the colony of New South Wales was officially abolished on 1 October 1850.
Sweeney would have to have been sent here prior to that (ie soimetime in the mid 1830s at the very latest).
I have seen it twice in the Sydney Opera House, which is not too far from where the (entirely fictional) Benjamin Barker would have been disembarked in irons.
Thats it... no Oscar for you.
huh? I think Sondheim's Sweeney Todd is set in mid Victorian London and is told in the style of the penny dreadfuls of the period.
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