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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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Carnforth Greville (Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Horatio, and Barnardo)
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Nancy Crawford
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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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According to Kenneth Branagh "one of the greatest pleasures I has 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 Frankenstein, 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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Joe Harper: You know the way doctors say that nervous breakdowns can happen very fast and dramatically, sort of a big bang, or there are the other kind which happen very slowly over a period of time. I was thirty-three years old, and this one had started when I was seven months and had just begun to take hold.
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Intellectually genial comedy - a must-see for the cinephile

A marvelous comedy concerning a troupe of oddball, misfit actors who travel to a small village to stage a production of "Hamlet". Director Branagh serves up some wonderfully heartwarming sentiments while managing to keep us laugh and on our toes. His excellent direction, a witty script, and stellar acting -absolutely stellar - by the ensemble, add up to an gratifying cinematic experience! Despite a few minor flaws, the film works about 75% of the time, and when it does, it's downright hilarious. Pay close attention to the dialogue - it's venomously funny; and the black and white cinematography, and the sets, are magnificent. Two special treats for the cinema connoisseur - a brilliant Joan Collins, and a surprise cameo from Jennifer Saunders.


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