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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)
Hetta Charnley ...
Molly
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Margaretta D'Arcy
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Tom Newman (Laertes, Fortinbras, and messengers)
Mark Hadfield ...
Vernon Spatch (Polonius, Marcellus, and First Gravedigger)
Gerard Horan ...
Carnforth Greville (Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Horatio, and Barnardo)
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Fadge
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Joe Harper (Hamlet)
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Nancy Crawford
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Nina Raymond (Ophelia)
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Terry Du Bois (Queen Gertrude)
Ann Davies ...
Mrs. Branch
James D. White ...
Tim
Robert Hines ...
Mortimer
Allie Byrne ...
Tap Dancer
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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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[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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Why Must The Show Go On
Written by Noel 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
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Wonderful Underrated Classic
7 May 2002 | by (Kent, UK) – See all my reviews

This was a film that I wanted to see from the very second that I heard about it. Unfortunately (for one reason and another) I missed it at the cinema and was forced to trawl the depths of video stores to find it. It is a beautifully shot, subtly hilarious piece of cinematic history. Anyone who has ever worked in theatres or have met "theatre types" will empathise with the characters immediately...and anyone who has never experienced the backstage "goings on" of theatres should watch this film to experience the endearing qualities of theatre in its extreme.

Quite simply this film is wonderful and has made me a huge fan of Kenneth Branagh's writing and direction.

My only complaint about this film is that it is impossible to find!! Why can't we buy it on DVD yet??!


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