MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 412 this week

A Midsummer Night's Dream (I) (1981)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy  |  13 December 1981 (UK)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 210 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 2 critic

The adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors, and their interactions with fairy inhabitants come to light in a moonlit forest.

Director:

Writer:

(play)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3309 titles
created 18 Oct 2011
 
a list of 100 titles
created 12 Nov 2011
 
list image
a list of 91 titles
created 06 Jan 2013
 
a list of 141 titles
created 13 May 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 23 Sep 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie 1981)

A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie 1981) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Tempest (TV Movie 1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Exiled Prospero lives on a desolate island with his daughter, Miranda. When Prospero's usurping brother sails by the island, Prospero conjures a storm that wrecks the ship and changes all of their lives.

Director: John Gorrie
Stars: Michael Hordern, Derek Godfrey, David Waller
Caesar and Claretta (TV Movie 1975)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Robert Hardy and Helen Mirren star as Benito Mussolini and his lover Claretta Petacci in this dramatization of their last night together, locked in a small peasant cottage. Having admired ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Whatham
Stars: Helen Mirren, Robert Hardy, Robin Scobey
Painted Lady (TV Movie 1997)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

From the Irish countryside to London to New York and back again, Maggie reenters the world as a countess and shady art dealer. With her panache and charisma, she finds more than an auction,... See full summary »

Director: Julian Jarrold
Stars: Helen Mirren, Iain Glen, Franco Nero
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (TV Movie 1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.

Director: Rodney Bennett
Stars: Derek Jacobi, Claire Bloom, Patrick Stewart
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

1908: Pascali, a spy for the Sultan, sends reports to Istanbul that nobody reads. His suspicions are roused when a British archeologist appears, who may not be quite what he seems.

Director: James Dearden
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Charles Dance, Kevork Malikyan
The Taming of the Shrew (TV Movie 1980)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The swaggering Petruchio, eager to wive it wealthily in Padua, agrees to marry the spitting hellcat, Katherine.

Director: Jonathan Miller
Stars: Simon Chandler, Anthony Pedley, John Franklyn-Robbins
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An elderly artist thinks he has become too stale and is past his prime. His friend (and agent) persuades him to go to an offshore island to try once more. On the island he re-discovers his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Powell
Stars: James Mason, Helen Mirren, Jack MacGowran
Cal (1984)
Drama | Thriller | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Cal, a young man on the fringes of the IRA, falls in love with Marcella, a Catholic woman whose husband, a Protestant policeman, was killed one year earlier by the IRA.

Director: Pat O'Connor
Stars: Helen Mirren, John Lynch, Donal McCann
Red Hot Shot (1970)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Frank è stato allontanato da un'indagine che conduceva su MacBrown, possessore di un'industria farmaceutica, ma sospettato di traffico di droga e di esperimenti illegali su adolescenti. ... See full summary »

Director: Piero Zuffi
Stars: Michael Reardon, Barbara Bouchet, Carmelo Bene
Miss Julie (TV Movie 1972)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Directors: John Glenister, Robin Phillips
Stars: Helen Mirren, Donal McCann, Heather Canning
A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie 1985)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Celestino Coronado
Stars: Lindsay Kemp, Manuela Vargas, Jack Birkett
A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie 1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Director: Peter Hall
Stars: Georgine Anderson, Stephanie Bidmead, Michael Blakemore
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Estelle Kohler ...
...
...
Geoffrey Lumsden ...
Pippa Guard ...
Nicky Henson ...
...
Cherith Mellor ...
...
Brian Glover ...
John Fowler ...
Don Estelle ...
Nat Jackley ...
Ray Mort ...
...
Edit

Storyline

The adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors, and their interactions with fairy inhabitants come to light in a moonlit forest.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 December 1981 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The second televised production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Helen Mirren in the cast, although this time in a different role (Titania). In the 1968 production, which was released to movie theatres in Europe, but premiered in the U.S. on CBS-TV, Ms. Mirren played Hermia. See more »

Quotes

Helena: I am amazed and know not what to say
See more »

Connections

Version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1985) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
a very disappointing production of a splendid play
9 December 2012 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

Most of the productions in the BBC's Shakespeare series range from good to excellent, but there are a few duds. This production falls into the latter category. It is perhaps the worst, and certainly one of the worst, in the whole series.

The shortcomings arise chiefly from the inept directorial job by Elijah Moshinsky (though Nigel Davenport doesn't help with some painfully bad acting -- or, rather, expressionless reciting in lieu of acting -- in Act I). The four actors who portray the young lovers deliver excellent performances, but their efforts are undermined in Act III.ii by the director's disastrously ill-advised decision to have them speak quite a few of their lines simultaneously. Equally bizarre is the director's tendency to chop up and rearrange portions of the dialogue and to delete other portions. (Contrary to what is stated in two of the other reviews on this site, it is certainly not the case that all the dialogue is included in this production. A few of the deletions are well judged, though most of them are at best pointless.) If a director has so little respect for Shakespeare's art, why would he take on the task of directing this play at all?!

The performance by Phil Daniels as Puck is quite good, but it could have been much better if a competent director had reined Daniels in when he became too brisk and shrill in his articulation of his lines. Directorial incompetence is even more woefully evident in Act V. The mechanicals' play within a play is grimly unfunny. Having seen 60-70 productions of "Dream" during the past quarter of a century, I have never come upon a worse rendering of the final Act.

Helen Mirren is superb, but Peter McEnery is far too fierce in his portrayal of Oberon. He is clearly an adept actor, but he was let down by the director; a competent director would have reminded him that "Dream" is a comedy and that he ought to be striving for more humor and less ferocity.

This production does not altogether obscure the magic of Shakespeare's wonderful play, but it is overall a sore disappointment.


3 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss A Midsummer Night's Dream (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page