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Brimstone And Treacle [DVD]

Sting , Benjamin Whitrow , Richard Loncraine    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sting, Benjamin Whitrow, Denholm Elliott, Dudley Sutton, Joan Plowright
  • Directors: Richard Loncraine
  • Producers: Herbert Solow
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JI0IE0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,616 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Evil conman Martin Taylor (Sting) charms his way into the house of a respectable family by claiming that he knew their catatonic daughter before her accident. He actually lusts after the daughter, but his obsession proves to be his undoing. A film remake of the Dennis Potter TV play, which was made but never screened due to its controversial subject matter.

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"Sting finds the right blend of sociability and evil for one who could be an angel and a devil." -- Daily Mail

"… fine, funny and ultimately moving performances …" -- Sunday Telegraph


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, yet touching movie. 29 Dec 2008
By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
A disturbing, but at times touching movie about the life of a woman who's devoted to caring for her brain damaged daughter who was the victim of a hit and run accident.

Joan Plowright plays the woman in question, whose life has become the monotony of caring for her daughter without any assistance, and with little results and no happiness or reward for herself. As a consequence, she 'succumbs' like a helpless butterfly within a net, to the charms of a clever and handsome young con man who enters her life in the guise of her disabled daughter's one-time boyfriend. The husband (played by the late great Denholm Elliott) appears to see through this, but has no luck in convincing his wife of the young man's real intentions of whiling his way into their home - perhaps only due to the sheer desperation of the mother needing such a 'knight in shining armour' to rescue her from her bleak and colourless life - at whatever the cost to others.

Sometimes the devil - others an angel in disguise, 'Martin' (played marvellously by the charismatic 'Sting' - lead vocalist of the pop group 'The Police') is still capable of creating some of the most heart-rending and touching scenes between he and the mother.

NOTE: My copy (unsure about this one) has not been re-mastered and the quality is not good in places - almost as bad as an old Video Tape copy. Movie appears even older than its twenty-seven years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing screenplay - Sting CAN act!! 15 Nov 2013
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Note: My copy of 'Brimstone and Treacle' is on the Prism Leisure label (you can see the copy I have via the 'customer image' feature on this page). I can't speak for any other releases of this film, but the quality of my copy is perfectly satisfactory for me, but it hasn't been restored for DVD, so.. be warned.

I'd seen Sting in the hit films, 'Quadrophenia', 'Stormy Monday' and 'Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels', so I always knew he could act, but I regard his leading role in 'Brimstone and Treacle' as one of his best performances. His character, the mysterious and dynamic Martin approaches the stuffy and cynical Tom Bates (Denholm Elliot), suggesting that they once knew each other. It is an attempt to get closer to him and his troubled family. Tom's wife (Joan Plowright) is confined to the home whilst looking after their beautiful daughter (Suzanna Hamilton), brain damaged since a hit and run accident.

At first Mr. Bates doesn't trust Martin, as indeed, neither does the audience, who are unable to decide whether he is an kindly angel or a devil from a mental institute. But, Mrs. Bates warms to him instantly and no one can deny that their daughter seems to be happy (and always wanting to speak) whenever he is around.

Very humourous and dark in equal measure, 'Brimstone and Treacle' is an excellent play by Dennis Potter. I didn't expect much judging by the rather cheap looking DVD, but you can't judge a book by it's over, especially not in this case.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Devil Take Me Now! 24 Nov 2001
By azindn
Format:DVD
An early Sting vehicle with outstanding supporting cast of Denholm Elliot and Joan Plowright, Brimstone and Treacle is deadly humorous. Sting is Martin, a seeming street hustler and pickpocket who targets curdmugeon Denholm Elliot as an easy mark. Lifting his wallet he finds his way to Elliot's home where he ingratiates himself to the family via tall tales of a relationship with the helpless and comatose daughter, Suzanna Hamilton. Her tragic hit-and-run accident has left her a vegetable and her parents embittered. Besides lying to the folks, Martin is up to no good when he offers to sit the brain damaged daughter while Mummsy trots off the the hair salon... Although suspicious of the unwanted guest, Elliots wife manages to find Martin's presence strangely comforting to their daughter -- but why? Brimstone and Treacle is a Dennis Potter treasure of black fun that pokes wicked humor at religion and good will towards all to the tunes of The Police, The Go-Go's and the melodeous trio of Elliot, Plowright and Sting! Not a film for younger audiences, this is still adult subject matter that taken with a grain of treacle is likely to make you wish all devils were as georgous as a very young and studly Sting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story... 5 April 2013
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One of Dennis Potters best stories turned into an enjoyable film, which to be honest I only went to see (way back when) because Sting was in it and I was a huge Police fan. Denholm Elliot and Joan Plowright shine in a creepy tale of lust, guilt and the supernatural. Sting is, er, less good but has moments. A film ripe for remake methinks...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, yet touching movie. 29 Dec 2008
By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
A disturbing, but at times touching movie about the life of a woman who's devoted to caring for her brain damaged daughter who was the victim of a hit and run accident.

Joan Plowright plays the woman in question, whose life has become the monotony of caring for her daughter without any assistance, and with little results and no happiness or reward for herself. As a consequence, she 'succumbs' like a helpless butterfly within a net, to the charms of a clever and handsome young con man who enters her life in the guise of her disabled daughter's one-time boyfriend. The husband (played by the late great Denholm Elliott) appears to see through this, but has no luck in convincing his wife of the young man's real intentions of whiling his way into their home - perhaps only due to the sheer desperation of the mother needing such a 'knight in shining armour' to rescue her from her bleak and colourless life - at whatever the cost to others.

Sometimes the devil - others an angel in disguise, 'Martin' (played marvellously by the charismatic 'Sting' - lead vocalist of the pop group 'The Police') is still capable of creating some of the most heart-rending and touching scenes between he and the mother.

NOTE: This has not been re-mastered and the quality is not good in places - almost as bad as an old Video Tape copy. Movie appears even older than its twenty-seven years.
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