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

R  |   |  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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Terry Du Bois (Queen Gertrude)
Ann Davies ...
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James D. White ...
Tim
Robert Hines ...
Mortimer
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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Kenneth Branagh wrote the screenplay with Michael Maloney in mind for the lead. 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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In The Bleak Midwinter
Written by Gustav Holst
Arranged by Jimmy Yuill
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Englishfolks play Hamlet. Hamlet loses.
17 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

Cliches be damned, this is a wonderful movie, all about transformations, change, and deciding what is really important. Everyone in this movie becomes a real person, moving away from the stereotypes presented in the beginning, and the comic timing is impeccable. (Don't buy the hype that Jennifer Saunders is a star of this movie, though; she's in it for maybe five minutes. Spend your time watching Richard Sessions' magnificently funny performance instead.) Branagh's Hamlet is dull, dull, dull; Branagh's movie -about- making Hamlet is another shade of wonderful entirely.


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