(Broadway 1979, West end 1980, Movie adaptation 2007)
They all deserve to die. Tell you why, Mrs. Lovett, tell you why! Because in all of the whole human race, Mrs. Lovett, there are two kinds of men and only two. There’s the one staying put in his proper place and one with his foot in the other one’s face. Look at me, Mrs Lovett! Look at you! No, we all deserve to die… Even you, Mrs Lovett, even I! Because the lives of the wicked should be made brief. For the rest of us death will be a relief. We all deserve to die… And I’ll never see Johanna, no I’ll never hug my girl to me… FINISHED!
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (2007)
Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin…
Judge Turpin is the reigning magistrate of London.
Judge Turpin arrested and exiled Benjamin Barker to Australia, due to his infatuation with Barker’s wife, Lucy.
Lucy is heartbroken, and becomes a recluse, never coming down from her home.
At his house, during a masque ball, he drugs and then rapes Lucy, who
tries to kill herself by drinking poison; she survives, but is driven
insane and reduced to begging in the street.
Turpin then takes Barker’s infant daughter, Johanna, and raises her as
his ward. He keeps her locked away from the world and spies on her
through a peep-hole in her wall. When Johanna turns 15, Turpin offers
her his hand in marriage. She refuses, to which he seems baffled. When
he spots Anthony Hope with Johanna, he threatens to kill him if he ever
“‘Tis now the very witching hour of night, When churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out Contagion to this world: now could I drink hot blood, And do such bitter business as the day Would quake to look on.”