GenreComedy, Crime, Musical Music directorKurt Weill Duration LanguageEnglish
WriterMenahem Golan (screenplay) Release dateNovember 17, 1989 (1989-11-17) (Chicago)
February 2, 1990 (1990-02-02) (United States) Based onThe Threepenny Opera
by Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weill CastRichard Harris (Mr. Peachum), Raúl Juliá (MacHeath), Roger Daltrey (Street Singer), Mark Northover (Jimmy Jewels), Julia Migenes (Jenny Diver), Julie Walters (Mrs. Peachum) Similar moviesThe Most Dangerous Woman Alive, Snake Island, Django Unchained, Sexual Chronicles of a French Family, Laser Mission, Forrest Gump
TaglineSmooth. Sharp. Deadly.
Mack the knife trailer 1989
Mack the Knife is a 1989 New Zealand romantic comedy musical film written and directed by Menahem Golan and starring Raúl Juliá, Richard Harris, Julia Migenes, Roger Daltrey and Julie Walters. It is a film adaptation of the 1928 Brecht/Weill musical The Threepenny Opera.
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In 19th century London, young Polly Peachum falls for the famous womanizing criminal Macheath and they decide to get married, but because of her family's disapproval, her father ("the king of thieves") has MacHeath arrested.
Raúl Juliá as Macheath
Richard Harris as Mr. Peachum
Julia Migenes as Jenny Diver
Roger Daltrey as The Street Singer
Julie Walters as Mrs. Peachum
Bill Nighy as Tiger Brown
Rachel Robertson as Polly Peachum
Clive Revill as Money Matthew
Erin Donovan as Lucy Brown
Louise Plowright as Dolly
Elizabeth Seal as Molly
Chrissie Kendall as Betty
Mark Northover as Jimmy Jewels
Juliá reprises the role of Macheath which won him a Tony nomination for a 1976 revival on Broadway. The film shows obvious signs of last minute editing, including several musical numbers that appear on the soundtrack album but are not in the final cut.
The film has never been released on DVD and as of April 2012, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has yet to announce any plans for a DVD release.