Brimstone and Treacle

Brimstone and Treacle

Director: Richard Loncraine Cast: Sting, Denholm Elliott, Joan Plowright



The arrival of a mysterious stranger disrupts the lives of the members of a British family in this dark, psychological thriller. The stranger is one Martin Taylor (Sting), a dangerous charmer who ingratiates himself with the Bateses, a dignified, older couple (Denholm Elliott and Joan Plowright). The couple becomes especially fond of Martin after he demonstrates a strong, caring rapport with their daughter, a disabled invalid. It is only when he has become a part of the household, unofficially serving as the daughter's caretaker, that Martin's true, potentially demonic nature begins to show itself. Based on a script by Dennis Potter, the creator of the brilliant British television miniseries Pennies from Heaven and The Singing Detective, the film layers its already charged situation with hints of the supernatural, aspiring to be both disturbing family drama and provocatively ambiguous morality play. Some moments of MTV-like stylization threaten to diminish the mood of slow suspense and unhealthy obsession, but Potter's distinctly warped sensibility and the solid performances generally carry the film over its rough patches.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2003
UPC: 0027616895318
Original Release: 1982
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 1:27:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English stereo surround; English, French & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sting Martin Taylor
Denholm Elliott Thomas Bates
Joan Plowright Norma Bates
Suzanna Hamilton Patricia Bates
Benjamin Whitrow Businessman
Dudley Sutton Stroller
Tim Preece Clergyman
Elizabeth Bradley Passerby
Christopher Fairbanks Drunk
Mary McLeod Valerie Holdsworth
Hugh Walters Man

Technical Credits
Richard Loncraine Director
Millie Burns Production Designer
Norman Garwood Production Designer
Paul Green Editor
Peter Hannan Cinematographer
Shuna Harwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Jackson Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Nyman Score Composer
Dennis Potter Screenwriter
Herbert F. Solow Producer
Sting Score Composer
Kenith Trodd Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/The Innocents [5:59]
2. Preying on Mr. Bates [5:34]
3. Something Wicked [7:50]
4. Stolen Property [4:13]
5. To Be His Bride [8:22]
6. Night Terrors [4:38]
7. Morning Has Broken [3:41]
8. A Day in the Life [5:42]
9. Left Alone [4:05]
10. "Love Conq\uers All" [4:23]
11. The Power and the Might [4:49]
12. All the More Reason [11:23]
13. Autumn Leaves [2:00]
14. "Happy Household" [4:38]
15. Burning Desires [4:23]
16. London Fog/End Credits [5:35]

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