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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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 ...
Tap Dancer


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 »




Release Date:

16 February 1996 (USA)  »

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A Midwinter's Tale  »

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$346,839 (USA)

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This was the first film that Kenneth Branagh directed in which he did not appear. See more »


Joe Harper: It was late November, I think, and I was thinking about the whole Christmas thing: the birth of Christ, the Wizard of Oz, family murders, and quite frankly, I was depressed.
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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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