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Brimstone and Treacle (1982)

Bizarre, unsavoury psychological thriller starring Sting (from the rock group The Police) who convincingly portrays Martin Taylor – a sinister young drifter who cons his way into the home of a middle-class English couple where he molests their handicapped and paralysed daughter.

Although the film is handsomely appointed and decently acted, the weird scenario leaves a sour aftertaste.

Forthright supporting work from Denholm Elliott and Joan Plowright as the perplexed husband and wife.

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The film also includes an incredibly cool soundtrack of songs by artists like The Go-Go’s, The Police, Squeeze and an irreverently stylish 1930’s little diddy called Spread A Little Happiness, performed by Sting.

Thomas Bates
Denholm Elliott
Martin Taylor
Sting (Gordon Sumner)
Patricia Bates
Suzanna Hamilton
Norma Bates
Joan Plowright
Miss Holdsworth
Mary Macleod

Richard Loncraine