7.6/10
647
22 user 4 critic

A Performance of Macbeth (1979)

| Drama | TV Movie
Macbeth is a daring member of the Scottish military who receives a revelation from three menacing sorceresses that he will someday become the King of Scotland. This information gives him a ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(conceived for television by), (play)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Macbeth (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Macbeth and his wife murder Duncan in order to gain his crown, but the bloodbath doesn't stop there, and things supernatural combine to bring the Macbeths down.

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: Brenda Bruce, Eileen Way, Anne Dyson
Edward II (TV Movie 1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The reign of Edward II, King of England, is troubled from the start when he brings his male lover, hated by the nobles, out of exile.

Directors: Richard Marquand, Toby Robertson
Stars: Ian McKellen, Timothy West, Diane Fletcher
Macbeth (1971)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

Director: Roman Polanski
Stars: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw
Macbeth (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish laird seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

Director: Jeremy Freeston
Stars: Jason Connery, Helen Baxendale, Graham McTavish
Macbeth (TV Movie 1961)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The Scottish lord Macbeth, chooses evil as the way to fulfill his ambition for power. He commits regicide to become king and then furthers his moral descent with a reign of murderous terror... See full summary »

Director: Paul Almond
Stars: Sean Connery, Zoe Caldwell, William Needles
Richard III (1995)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The classic Shakespearean play about a murderously scheming king staged in an alternative fascist England setting.

Director: Richard Loncraine
Stars: Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Following the banning and burning of his novel, "The Rainbow," D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, move to the United States, and then to Mexico. When Lawrence contracts tuberculosis, they ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Miles
Stars: Ian McKellen, Janet Suzman, Ava Gardner
Walter & June (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Ian McKellen, Sarah Miles, John Gordon Sinclair
Macbeth I (2006)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" set in the ganglands of Melbourne.

Director: Geoffrey Wright
Stars: Chloe Armstrong, Kate Bell, Miranda Nation
Macbeth (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In eleventh century Scotland, three witches foretell that Macbeth will become King, while Banquo will beget Kings. Macbeth accordingly has King Duncan slain, and is duly crowned in his place. But that's where his problems really begin.

Director: Eve Best
Stars: Moyo Akandé, Geoffrey Aymer, Bette Bourne
Tess (1979)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A strong-willed young peasant girl becomes the affection of two men.

Director: Roman Polanski
Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson
Hamlet I (TV Movie 1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: David Giles
Stars: Faith Brook, Susan Fleetwood, Ian McKellen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
John Bown ...
Susan Dury ...
Judith Harte ...
...
David Howey ...
...
Marie Kean ...
...
...
Duncan Preston ...
...
Zak Taylor ...
Stephen Warner ...
Young Macduff
Edit

Storyline

Macbeth is a daring member of the Scottish military who receives a revelation from three menacing sorceresses that he will someday become the King of Scotland. This information gives him a thirst for power, and with prompting from his wife, Lady Macbeth, he kills the current leader in order to take the throne. But he must continue to commit murders to keep his actions a secret, and soon, no one is safe. Written by Polly_Kat

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

Macbeth  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was filmed on a circular stage. See more »

Connections

Version of Macbeth (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Stunning
24 October 2004 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This is probably "Macbeth" as Shakespeare really saw it produced -- no fancy scenery, no elaborate sets, just stunning actors conveying everything Shakespeare intended to convey by the power of their own speech and actions.

The defining moment for me is the banquet scene, where McKellan manages to go from icily cynical schemer to stark raving maniac on seeing Banquo's ghost, and then back again to schemer and then yet back again to broken, frightened shadow of a man by the end of the scene, without for a moment over-acting and without us, the viewer, even seeing Banquo's ghost.

The only false note I think the production had was Judi Dench -- as others have said here, she is of course a splendid actress and her sleepwalking scene was wonderful. But part of what drives Macbeth in the play is Lady Macbeth's threat to withhold sexual favors and her denigration of his masculinity if Macbeth doesn't act more "like a man" and go through with the murder of Duncan (conveyed in this version by her avoiding Macbeth's attempted kiss in the "milk of human kindness" scene), and frankly in this production Dame Judi lacked the sex appeal that would make this viable.

Still, a bravura performance and certainly the best Macbeth I have seen filmed.


8 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
what does everyone think of this film ? FlorenceLawrence
trying to identify the music used vquinn-4
Discuss A Performance of Macbeth (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?