Brimstone and Treacle details
|Starring:||Denholm Elliott, Sting, Joan Plowright, Suzanna Hamilton|
|Studio:||4 FRONT VIDEO|
Brimstone and Treacle
|Run time:||1 hour 24 minutes|
|Rental release:||14 Apr 2003|
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Policeman Should Have Been ArrestedBy mywifenow from Surbiton , 01 Jun 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]It's long been accepted that Sting is an appalling actor and, despite a fluke of a performance in 'Quadrophenia' (and a hugely illustrious musical career), this Dennis Potter offering does nothing to cause this widespread opinion to waver.
Quite why Potter deigned to cast Sting alongside such acting illuminaries as Denholm Elliott and Joan Plowright is an utter mystery. This film plods along, agonisingly dragging the audience and the (largely) talented cast in its wake.
On this film's initial release, I recall there being much ado in the media about how shocking its subject matter was - well, if Sting had suddenly put in a convincing performance as an actor, now THAT would have been shocking!
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Brimstone and Treacle (1982)By a customer from UK , 26 Feb 2009If you want a cult classic and don't mind cringing at the obligatory corniness, you may enjoy this.
Superb acting from Elliott and Plowright and an extremely strange performance by Sting, especially when he does his 'bionic eyes' close-up near the beginning.
While it seems dated now, it still has a shock factor and the subject of the film is horrid.
Wrong FilmBy a customer from Cornwall , 09 Jan 2009Beware love film has sent me the wrong version of this film FOUR TIMES this is NOT the Sting version as listed but the wartered down BBC version.
Brimstone and TreacleBy Catherine (9 reviews) from London , 18 Oct 2008This was originally screened as The Play for Today (my parents' generation, I think) and, despite being a little dated, is an excellent film though it does feel as though one is watching a play most of the time.
Michael Kitchen, who plays the lead, does so with disturbing control and Denham Elliot, who plays the girl's father, is also very convincing.
This is a very good film of an excellent Dennis Potter play.
Not to be missedBy Trionon (103 reviews) from London , 30 Jun 2008Excellent performances, especially from a young Michael Kitchen, dark storyline, plenty to think about and highly watchable despite its age.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008Dennis Potter's 1976 contribution to the BBC's 'Play for Today' series was famously banned for eleven years. A young Michael Kitchen plays the part of a demon seeking sport in the streets of London. He inveigles himself, by trickery and manipulation, into the home of Denholm Elliot, the father of a badly disabled girl. Kitchen's obsequious interloper in places echoes Tim Curry's role in the "Rocky Horror Show", without resorting to anything camp or over-stylised.
Potter describes the play as a parable. Evil can be unctuous - it is not obviously evil, but can seem to be kindness and generosity, can seem logical, an worm its way into the hearts and minds of people. Religion, he feels, has been reduced to a sanctimonious function - too many people use religion to justify actions and beliefs which are truly evil. And this is Potter in the 1970's! Little has changed.
The play is a dissection of white, middle class values - of the whitened sepulchre image of suburbia. But the banning of the play was not because of its cynical take on religion or its gentle chiding of the middle classes. Rather, the play involves the rape of a disabled woman by the demon - it's implied rather than seen, there's nothing graphic or salacious.
The DVD offers some interesting extras: when the play was eventually shown some eleven years later, a discussion programme was aired on the subject of its banning - you get to see this, with contributions from Potter. Interestingly, by the time it was shown a film of the play (starring Sting) had already been made and released. An absorbing production, a reminder that television drama used to be risky and low budget, not slick and hyped up. Well worth watching.
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