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16 February 1996 (USA) See more »
The drama. The passion. The intrigue... And the rehearsals haven't even started.
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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A great film to pick up your spirits See more (37 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Briers ... Henry Wakefield (Claudius, the Ghost, and the Player King)
Hetta Charnley ... Molly

Joan Collins ... Margaretta D'Arcy

Nicholas Farrell ... Tom Newman (Laertes, Fortinbras, and messengers)

Mark Hadfield ... Vernon Spatch (Polonius, Marcellus, and First Gravedigger)
Gerard Horan ... Carnforth Greville (Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Horatio, and Barnardo)

Celia Imrie ... Fadge

Michael Maloney ... Joe Harper (Hamlet)

Jennifer Saunders ... Nancy Crawford

Julia Sawalha ... Nina Raymond (Ophelia)

John Sessions ... Terry Du Bois (Queen Gertrude)
Ann Davies ... Mrs. Branch
James D. White ... Tim
Robert Hines ... Mortimer
Allie Byrne ... Tap Dancer

Adrian Scarborough ... Young Actor

Brian Pettifer ... Ventriloquist (as Brian Petifer)

Patrick Doyle ... Scotsman

Shaun Prendergast ... Mule Train Man
Carol Starks ... Audience Member

Edward Jewesbury ... Nina's Father
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katy Carmichael ... Mad Puppet Woman (uncredited)
Jessica Manley ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Kenneth Branagh 
Writing credits
Kenneth Branagh (written by)

Produced by
David Barron .... producer
Iona Price .... associate producer
Tamar Thomas .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jimmy Yuill 
Cinematography by
Roger Lanser 
Film Editing by
Neil Farrell 
Production Design by
Tim Harvey 
Costume Design by
Caroline Harris 
Makeup Department
Sally Harrison .... hair stylist: Ms. Collins
Joan Hills .... makeup artist: Ms. Saunders
Ivana Primorac .... makeup artist
Jenny Shircore .... hair stylist
Jenny Shircore .... makeup artist
Christine White .... makeup artist
Christine Whitney .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emma Griffiths .... third assistant director
Simon Moseley .... first assistant director
Matthew Penry-Davey .... third assistant director
Emma Pounds .... assistant director
Art Department
Frank Billington-Marks .... property master (as Frank Billington Marks)
Celia Bobak .... property buyer
Michael Cohen .... stagehand
Peter Grant .... stand-by property master
Peter Mounsey .... painter
Nic Pallace .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Kevin Ahern .... assistant dialogue editor
Ed Colyer .... foley artist
Richard Fettes .... sound editor
Clive Fleury .... boom operator
Peter Glossop .... production sound mixer
Tom Glossop .... sound assistant
Dominic Lester .... re-recording mixer
Gerard McCann .... foley editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... re-recording mixer
Jim Roddan .... dialogue editor
Melanie Viner-Cuneo .... assistant sound editor
Chrissy Monk .... stunts (as Chrissie Monk)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... still photographer
Marc Atherfold .... camera trainee
Trevor Coop .... camera operator
Michael Cuming .... grip assistant
John Curtis .... electrician
Simon Finney .... focus puller
Skip Margetts .... clapper loader
Billy Merrell .... best boy electric
Alf Newvell .... rigger
Tom O'Sullivan .... electrician
Nick Penn .... focus puller
Ken Pettigrew .... gaffer
Darren Quinn .... grip
Ian Rolfe .... rigger
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nicole Farhi .... costumes: Ms. Collins
Geraldine Geraghty .... wardrobe assistant
Betty Jackson .... costumes: Ms. Saunders
Caroline Kelly .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Jens Baylis .... editor trainee
Robbie Broughton .... second assistant editor
Dan Farrell .... first assistant editor (as Daniel Farrell)
Melanie Viner-Cuneo .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Tom White .... location manager
Music Department
Paul Hulme .... music engineer
Tom Meadows .... music engineer
Transportation Department
Mike Beaven .... unit driver
Paul Gamby .... unit driver
Terry Pritchard .... transportation captain
Other crew
Ray Adams .... laboratory supervisor
Anne Casey .... unit nurse
Alan Church .... title designer
Rebecca Ciallella .... production assistant
Simon Giles .... title designer
Nick Hall .... fight arranger
Nola Haynes .... skating coach
Sally Ross .... production assistant
John Sargent .... production accountant
Brian Shemmings .... health and safety
Anna Worley .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"In the Bleak Midwinter" - UK (original title)
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Rated R for some language
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Jimmy Yuill was offered a key role but had to pass because of his commitments to "Wycliffe" (1994).See more »
[Prepping Molly to play Hamlet]
Tom Newman:The fight! If it all goes wrong, drop the sword, take this off, and throw it at me. Then I say, "The boot! The boot was poisoned!" and die.
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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A great film to pick up your spirits, 22 September 1999

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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