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A Midwinter's Tale (1995)

In the Bleak Midwinter (original title)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Wakefield (Claudius, the Ghost, and the Player King)
Hetta Charnley ...
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)
Nancy Crawford
Nina Raymond (Ophelia)
Terry Du Bois (Queen Gertrude)
Ann Davies ...
Mrs. Branch
James D. White ...
Robert Hines ...
Allie Byrne ...
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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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

16 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Midwinter's Tale  »

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Box Office


$346,839 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Michael Maloney (Joe Harper), Richard Briers (Henry Wakefield) and Nicholas Farrell (Tom Newman) all later appeared in Kenneth Branagh's version of Hamlet (1996). They played Laertes, Polonius and Horatio respectively. Furthermore, Maloney had previously played Rosencrantz in Franco Zeffirelli's version of Hamlet (1990) while Farrell provided the voice of Hamlet in Shakespeare: The Animated Tales: Hamlet (1992). See more »


Vernon Spatch: You're doing wonderfully well. Tell me, are your nipples hard?
Fadge: If they were any harder, Tom could do chin-ups from them.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Mule Train
Written by Johnny Lange, Hy Heath, Fred Glickman
Copyright © 1949 Bulls Eye Music Inc., USA
Used by permission of Campbell Connelly & Co. Ltd., London
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A great film to pick up your spirits

I selected this movie from the video shelf because the title seemed consonant with my mood. My girlfriend had just dumped me, my best friend had just broken off with me, and it was raining. The realisation that it was black and white throughout seemed to be perfect. Yet the story, of a struggling actor's frantic attempts to mount a benefit showing of Hamlet to save a church, along with Branagh's comedic editing, begins as a farce, sails along with Coward-like snippets of conversation (along with the use of Coward's song "The Show Must Go On") and develops facilely and elegantly into a moving portrait of the camaraderie of an acting company without one noticing. I didn't realise I wasn't unhappy and in love with all these people until the movie was over and I was beaming quite sunnily (who needs friends and girlfriends anyway when you've got movies?). Julie Sawalha's reading of the line "Let's face it, we're all depressed" may very well have saved my life.

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