7.3/10
1,988
36 user 25 critic

A Midwinter's Tale (1995)

In the Bleak Midwinter (original title)
Trailer
1:32 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $14.99 on Amazon Video

Out of work actor Joe volunteers to help try and save his sister's local church for the community by putting on a Christmas production of Hamlet, somewhat against the advice of his agent ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Romance | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An update of the classic Shakespeare story, director Kenneth Branagh shot this movie like a classic 30s musical. The film tells the story of four best friends who swear off love.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Alessandro Nivola, Alicia Silverstone, Natascha McElhone
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Six former college friends, with two new friends, gather for a New Year's Eve weekend reunion at a large English countryside manor after ten years to reminisce about the good times now long gone.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During World War I, in an unnamed country, a soldier named Tamino is sent by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the supposedly evil Sarastro. But all is not as it seems.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Joseph Kaiser, Amy Carson, René Pape
Dead Man's Folly (TV Movie 1986)
Crime | Mystery | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

During a murder hunt game at a country house, to which Hercule Poirot is invited as an "expert", a real murder occurs.

Director: Clive Donner
Stars: Peter Ustinov, Jean Stapleton, Constance Cummings
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

At a reception for a fading film star making a screen comeback, a gushing, pushy fan is poisoned by a drink apparently meant for the actress.

Director: Norman Stone
Stars: Joan Hickson, Claire Bloom, Barry Newman
Dead Again (1991)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An amnesiac and a private eye find they might have a past life connection.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Andy Garcia
Henry V (1989)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In the midst of the Hundred Years' War in 1415, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Simon Shepherd
Hamlet (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi
Miami Ink (2005–2008)
Documentary | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

5 tattoo artists move to South Beach to open up a tattoo shop.

Stars: Katherine von Drachenberg, Darren Brass, Yojiro Harada
Drama | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Rosalind, the daughter of Duke Senior (the banished duke), is raised at the court of Duke Frederick (who is younger brother to Duke Senior and took over his dukedom), with her cousin Celia ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Takuya Shimada, Brian Blessed, Richard Clifford
Santa Baby (TV Movie 2006)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Mary Class is a highly successful business executive - who just happens to be the daughter of Santa Claus. But when her father falls ill, Mary returns to the North Pole and the life she ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Underwood
Stars: Jenny McCarthy, Ivan Sergei, George Wendt
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Henry Wakefield (Claudius, the Ghost, and the Player King)
Hetta Charnley ...
Molly
...
Margaretta D'Arcy
...
Tom Newman (Laertes, Fortinbras, and messengers)
Mark Hadfield ...
Vernon Spatch (Polonius, Marcellus, and First Gravedigger)
Gerard Horan ...
Carnforth Greville (Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Horatio, and Barnardo)
...
Fadge
...
...
Nancy Crawford
...
Nina Raymond (Ophelia)
...
Terry Du Bois (Queen Gertrude)
Ann Davies ...
Mrs. Branch
James D. White ...
Tim
Robert Hines ...
Mortimer
Allie Byrne ...
Tap Dancer
Edit

Storyline

Out of work actor Joe volunteers to help try and save his sister's local church for the community by putting on a Christmas production of Hamlet, somewhat against the advice of his agent Margaretta. As the cast he assembles are still available even at Christmas and are prepared to do it on a 'profit sharing' basis (that is, they may not get paid anything) he cannot expect - and does not get - the cream of the cream. But although they all bring their own problems and foibles along, something bigger starts to emerge in the perhaps aptly named village of Hope. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The drama. The passion. The intrigue... And the rehearsals haven't even started.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Midwinter's Tale  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$346,839 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the first film that Kenneth Branagh directed in which he did not appear. See more »

Quotes

[Prepping Molly to play Hamlet]
Tom Newman: The fight! If it all goes wrong, drop the sword, take this off, and throw it at me. Then I say, "The boot! The boot was poisoned!" and die.
See more »

Connections

References Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Must The Show Go On
Written by Noël Coward
© Chappell Music Ltd
by kind permission of Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
Recording courtesy of Sony Records
by Arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
Performance cleared by American Federation of Musicians
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Masterpiece...and it hits so close to home!
28 October 1999 | by (Pa.) – See all my reviews



My wife and I saw this film a week after we completed a production of A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS.( I directed and she was Meg). We had experienced the disasters of Actors who couldn't remember lines,Tech problems, an Vain Egotist causing problems etc. What A joy it was to enter the theatre as see this Branagh gem. the script,acting and Direction were all flawless. ( for those who said the characters were cliche' youve obviously never delt with actors!) the high marks were scored by Richard Briers as the older no-nonsense character actor, John Sessions as the "queen" gertrude , and the Highly underated Michael Maloney in the lead. Maloney has long been a favorite supporting actor of mine and its good to see him as the protaganist for a change. I cannot speak high enough of this film...and to answer Noel Coward's question "why must the show go on?" because if it didn't we would be robbed of this films suberbly directed ending! BRAVO BRANAGH, BRAVO!!


17 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Finally, a year and a half late, on DVD 12/7/10 luckard
Directors Cameo? scary-man
Ooooh Ken! Why aren't you writing more like this...?? braavhart
Coming on Television chicken_bok
Sequel, Anyone??? beryl10001
On DVD at last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!! luckard
Discuss A Midwinter's Tale (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?