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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 9 February 1969 (USA)
A film adaptation of William Shakespeare's famous play in which four lovers sort out their problems with the help of fairies at midnight in the forest of Athens.

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Derek Godfrey ...
Theseus
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Hippolyta
Nicholas Selby ...
Egeus
Hugh Sullivan ...
Philostrate
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Helena
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Demetrius
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Hermia
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Quince
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Snout
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Snug
Donald Eccles ...
Starveling
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Flute
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Oberon
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A film adaptation of William Shakespeare's famous play in which four lovers sort out their problems with the help of fairies at midnight in the forest of Athens.

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Le songe d'une nuit d'été  »

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During filming of Oberon (Ian Richardson) and Titania (Judi Dench) against a raining backdrop, one of the young men operating the hoses (to simulate rain) was so distracted by the nearly nude beauty of Judi Dench, that he lost track of his hose, which blasted Ms. Dench and Richardson into the adjacent lake, from which they had to be rescued by the crew. See more »

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Lysander: The course of true love never did run smooth.
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Fond memory of childhood.
1 October 2003 | by (Greater Milwaukee) – See all my reviews

I only saw this during the single showing CBS gave it way back when. I had no idea what the play was about but as a Diana Rigg fan, I was curious what she had been up since abruptly leaving The Avengers. I only saw it on a 19' BW TV. I had no idea that some of the Faerie were green.... The things you learn at this site!

Decades later, looking at the cast list, I'm really eager for a chance to see this again! This is one of those productions where everyone was unknown then and famous now. I'm also curious about the relationship of CLARE DENCH and EMMA DENCH to the now-world-famous Judi Dench (I'm guessing nieces).

Postscript, April 2007-- Last November I finally got a chance to see this nearly-forgotten flick. The film quality is a bit off, with some noticeable color shifting. But what the heck! It's probably the only version available....

It's a very, very dated production. Hippolyta wears a classic mid-60s Mod outfit and some of the outfits struck me as very Hippie era. This may be the effect they wanted, a sort of psychedelic Shakespeare.

Oh man, what a cast! So many future stars a decade before they would finally hit it big-- Ian Holm, David Warner, Helen Mirren as an ingénue, Judi Dench in the nude?!?!?!

Hopefully the BBC saved the negative or at least a decent copy of this so that someday they release a decent copy of this.


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