Mack the Knife (film)

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Mack the Knife
Mack the Knife (film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Menahem Golan
Produced by Stanley Chase
Screenplay by Menahem Golan
Based on The Threepenny Opera
by Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weill
Starring Raúl Juliá
Richard Harris
Julia Migenes
Roger Daltrey
Julie Walters
Music by Kurt Weill
Cinematography Elemér Ragályi
Edited by Alain Jakubowicz
Henry Richardson
Distributed by 21st Century Film Corporation
Release date
  • 17 November 1989 (1989-11-17) (Chicago)
  • 2 February 1990 (1990-02-02) (United States)
Running time
120 minutes
Country Netherlands
Language English
Budget USD$9 million

Mack the Knife is a 1989 film adaptation of the 1928 Brecht/Weill musical The Threepenny Opera.[1][2][3][4]


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.



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.[original research?]

Home media[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "Mack The Knife Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for Mack ... - T". Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet. "Mack the Knife (1989)". Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mack the Knife (1989)". Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "MACK THE KNIFE". Retrieved 15 March 2014. 

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