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Mack the Knife (1989)

In nineteenth century London, a young girl falls for a famous womanizing criminal, and they decide to get married. Her family strongly disapproves, so her father, "the king of thieves", gets the gangster arrested.

Director:

Menahem Golan

Writer:

Menahem Golan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raul Julia ... MacHeath
Richard Harris ... Mr. Peachum
Julia Migenes ... Jenny Diver
Roger Daltrey ... Street Singer
Julie Walters ... Mrs. Peachum
Rachel Robertson Rachel Robertson ... Polly Peachum
Clive Revill ... Money Matthew
Bill Nighy ... Tiger Brown
Erin Donovan ... Lucy Brown
Julie T. Wallace ... Coaxer
Louise Plowright ... Dolly
Elizabeth Seal ... Molly
Chrissie Kendall Chrissie Kendall ... Betty
Miranda Garrison Miranda Garrison ... Esmeralda
Mark Northover ... Jimmy Jewels
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Storyline

In nineteenth century London, a young girl falls for a famous womanizing criminal, and they decide to get married. Her family strongly disapproves, so her father, "the king of thieves", gets the gangster arrested.

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Taglines:

Scoundrel, liar, thief... They all loved him. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Netherlands | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Koldusopera See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Julie Walters admittedly did the film to pay off her mortgage. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Street Singer: Happy endings, nice and tidy, its a rule I, Learnt in school. Just get your money every Friday, happy endings are the rule. Keep on smiling, go home singing, and remember, that in life; you can love him, or you can hate him, but they'll always be Mack the Knife!
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Connections

Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Polly's Song
Written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill with English lyrics by Marc Blitzstein
Performed by Raul Julia, Rachel Robertson and Roger Daltrey
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Not as bad as its reputation.
15 October 1999 | by peachamSee all my reviews

Out of the three film versions of this Brecht classic this is by far the best. No, its not perfect. First it uses the watered down Blitztien translation on most songs and there is too much dancing in the film.The main problem with the film is that the editor hacked it up. I have the soundtrack and no less than 6 songs were omitted after filming, including "What Keeps Mankind Alive", the theme of the play! What we are left with though is well done, Raul Julia excels as Mackie, charming, smooth and dangerous and with a great singing voice. Richard Harris is a delight as J.J. Peacham, king of the beggars and is well matched by Julie Walters as his wife. Bill Nighy makes a wonderful;ly confused Tiger Brown and the Jealousy duet performed by Rachel Robertson and Erin Donovan is the musical high point. Not great but a big improvement over the German film and the dull 1960 film with Curt Jergens.


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