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TV Review; 'Sweeney Todd' Trips on Script
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Television programs
Author: Miller, Daryl
Date: Apr 18, 1998
Start Page: 21
Section: Calendar; PART-F; Entertainment Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

The movie that tells of her unholy alliance with a vengeful barber/butcher--"The Tale of Sweeney Todd," debuting Sunday on Showtime--is just the opposite. It is made of seemingly high-quality elements: John Schlesinger ("Midnight Cowboy") directing Ben Kingsley ("Gandhi"), Joanna Lumley ("Absolutely Fabulous") and Campbell Scott (CBS' recent "The Love Letter"). Yet it falls flat because of an ill-conceived script and directorial miscalculation.

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