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Mack the Knife (1989)

In nineteenth century London, a young girl falls for a famous womanizing criminal, and they decide to get married. Her family strongly disapproves, so her father, "the king of thieves", gets the gangster arrested.

Director:

Menahem Golan

Writer:

Menahem Golan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raul Julia ... MacHeath
Richard Harris ... Mr. Peachum
Julia Migenes ... Jenny Diver
Roger Daltrey ... Street Singer
Julie Walters ... Mrs. Peachum
Rachel Robertson Rachel Robertson ... Polly Peachum
Clive Revill ... Money Matthew
Bill Nighy ... Tiger Brown
Erin Donovan ... Lucy Brown
Julie T. Wallace ... Coaxer
Louise Plowright ... Dolly
Elizabeth Seal ... Molly
Chrissie Kendall Chrissie Kendall ... Betty
Miranda Garrison Miranda Garrison ... Esmeralda
Mark Northover ... Jimmy Jewels
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In nineteenth century London, a young girl falls for a famous womanizing criminal, and they decide to get married. Her family strongly disapproves, so her father, "the king of thieves", gets the gangster arrested.

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Scoundrel, liar, thief... They all loved him. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

Netherlands | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Koldusopera See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Julie Walters admittedly did the film to pay off her mortgage. See more »

Quotes

MacHeath: John is a goner and Jimmy is dead,
Tiger Brown: And George went crazy with the shooting.
MacHeath: But bloody is blood and red is bloody red,
Tiger Brown: And the Army goes on and on recruiting!
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Version of The Beggar's Opera (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Peachum's Morning Chorale (Morning Anthem)
Written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill with English lyrics by Marc Blitzstein
Performed Richard Harris
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A flat but passable version
13 September 2008 | by Figaro14See all my reviews

I remember when this version opened at the Chicago Film Festival. There was a reasonable about of excitement about it since there is no contemporary filmed version of Three Penny Opera at all. My conclusion after seeing it is that the big problem is that Three Penny Opera probably can't be successfully filmed at all and still capture the raw stage energy of the stage production. The very idea of the piece is the break the fourth wall between the actors and the audience. I think it's odd nonetheless that this version has never been transferred to DVD. I agree however that the criticisms of it are too harsh. Many a filmed musical from the 1980's and 1990's period has this same look and feel where all the energy of the stage version has been completely drained from the piece.


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