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A Midwinter's Tale (1995)
"In the Bleak Midwinter" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  16 February 1996 (USA)
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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 »

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Henry Wakefield (Claudius, the Ghost, and the Player King)
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Margaretta D'Arcy
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Tom Newman (Laertes, Fortinbras, and messengers)
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Vernon Spatch (Polonius, Marcellus, and First Gravedigger)
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Carnforth Greville (Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Horatio, and Barnardo)
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Nancy Crawford
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Nina Raymond (Ophelia)
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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}

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

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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According to Kenneth Branagh "one of the greatest pleasures I has was when we had a screening on a Sunday morning in the West End. And most of the crew and cast came, including Joan Collins. I'd paid for the film myself with the money I made from Frankenstein, and we sold it at a profit. The books were completely open. And as they left the cinema that morning, we had all the envelopes laid out and we gave everybody a cheque - including Joan Collins, who nearly fell over. She said, 'I've been in the business for quite a long time, and this has never happened.' She opened it and she said, 'F**king hell!' Because it was not inconsiderable." See more »

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[Severely depressed, Joe wonders what makes life worth living]
Vernon Spatch: Rachmaninoff. That bit in Brief Encounter. And Brief Encounter, actually. That makes life worth living. I'll buy you the video for Christmas.
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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!!


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