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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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Henry Wakefield (Claudius, the Ghost, and the Player King)
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Molly
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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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Fadge
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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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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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16 February 1996 (USA)  »

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$346,839 (USA)
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According to Kenneth Branagh "one of the greatest pleasures I had 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 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), 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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Fadge: [after watching Nina rub what she thinks to be lotion on her face] Why are you rubbing low calorie mayonnaise on your face?
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Featured in To Be on Camera: A History with Hamlet (1997) See more »

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In The Bleak Midwinter
Written by Gustav Holst
Arranged by Jimmy Yuill
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Gets ya where ya least expect it
26 March 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that will make you see that when things look their bleakest, as in midwinter, you have to push on. The characters undergo a long journey from strange actor-folk and emerge as people who are near and dear to us at the end. They are the light at the end of the tunnel. Anyone who's been involved with a difficult stage production will identify with this movie. I loved it! "Dear Hamlet, cast thy coloured nightie off..." -D


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