A Midwinter's Tale [DVD] [1995]

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In the Bleak Midwinter
When his professional career hits a lull, an actor attempts to revitalize his career by staging a production of Hamlet, directed by and starring himself. Director and star Kenneth Branagh would in fact release his own film version of Shakespeare's classic play a year later, but this comedy provides his fictional counterpart with far less in terms of production value. Lacking money and time, he recruits a rather motley group of drunks, incompetents, and oddballs, including a middle-aged female impersonator in the crucial role of Queen Gertrude. Given only three weeks of rehearsal, and an abandoned church in a remote town in the English countryside, this unlikely group nevertheless struggles valiantly to make theatrical magic. The film attempts to pay loving tribute to the madness that surrounds the staging of a play, with all of the backstage dramas, inevitable disasters, and unexpected triumphs, but the end result is often less amusing than it ought to be. The film was released in the United States under the title A Midwinter's Tale. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Michael Maloney
    Michael Maloney - Joe Harper (Hamlet)
  • Richard Briers
    Richard Briers - Henry Wakefield (Claudius, the Ghost, and the Player
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    Mark Hadfield - Vernon Spatch (Polonius, Marcellus, and First Gravedi
  • Nicholas Farrell
    Nicholas Farrell - Tom Newman (Laertes, Fortinbras, and messengers)
  • Gerard Horan
    Gerard Horan - Carnforth Grevilly

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