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Starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, John Candy and Steve Martin
Directed by Frank Oz
“A hothouse full of laughs.” – Chicago Tribune
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Meek flower shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) pines for co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene). During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After a feeding accident gone wrong, Seymour must come up with more creative ways to feed the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.
The 1986 film has a surprisingly complex history; it began as a short story, then became a low-budget film, before turning into an Off-Broadway play, when finally Frank Oz and his team created this quirky, dark screen version. Many fans do not know that this adaptation originally had a far more sinister ending…
Photo: Courtesy Swank Motion Pictures
Earlier in his career Frank Oz was known for his creative collaborations with the famed Jim Henson performing many Muppet characters, including Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Animal, as well as Bert, Grover, and Cookie Monster. Some of the projects Henson and Oz worked together on included Sesame Street, Saturday Night Live, and The Muppet Show. He has also performed the unforgettable Jedi Master, Yoda, in all of the Star Wars films.
Oz has directed The Dark Crystal (With Jim Henson), The Muppets Take Manhattan, Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Housesitter, What About Bob, Indian in the Cupboard, In and Out, The Score, Bowfinger, Stepford Wives, and Death at a Funeral.
Among his many honors, Oz has been the recipient of four Emmy® Awards, two George Foster Peabody awards, The American Comedy Awards’ Creative Achievement Award, The Art Director’s Guild award, three gold and two platinum records, and other awards and honors.