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Little Shop of Horrors (The Director’s Cut)

 

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Little Shop of Horrors (The Director’s Cut)

Frank Oz 1986
USA | English | Format: DCP | 103 minutes

Director Frank Oz, actress Ellen Greene, composer Alan Menken and film restorer Kurt Galvao in person!

Director Frank Oz’s ebullient film adaptation of the smash Off-Broadway musical—itself based on a 1960 Roger Corman quickie—developed an instant cult following for its gleefully macabre tale of star-crossed skid-row lovers (the incomparable Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene) brought together and nearly torn apart by a giant, man-eating plant from outer space. But the film that reached theaters differed from Oz and songwriters Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s original vision, chiefly in a newly invented happy ending added after test audiences rejected the stage version’s darker, apocalyptic finale. For years, that deleted footage was viewable only on a special edition DVD that went out of print (at the behest of producer David Geffen) nearly as soon as it hit stores—and then, only as degraded, black-and-white workprint footage. Now, three decades after its release, Little Shop of Horrors has been digitally restored to its original director’s cut, featuring 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage including the full original ending in glorious color! A Warner Home Video release.

Series: NYFF50: Masterworks

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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