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A Midsummer Night's Dream -- Miramax Home Entertainment invites you to enjoy this playful interpretation of William Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy! A rich man's daughter has a difficult choice to make: do her duty and accept an arranged marriage... or follow her heart to her one true love!


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29 November 1996 (UK) See more »
A boy dreams the play. Authority in Athens is shaky: Hermia rejects her father's choice, the Duke backs her father... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Lindsay Duncan ... Hippolyta / Titania

Alex Jennings ... Theseus / Oberon
Desmond Barrit ... Nick Bottom
Finbar Lynch ... Philostrate / Puck (as Barry Lynch)

Monica Dolan ... Hermia

Kevin Doyle ... Demetrius
Daniel Evans ... Lysander
Emily Raymond ... Helena
Alfred Burke ... Egeus

Howard Crossley ... Tom Snout / Fairy
Robert Gillespie ... Robin Starveling / Cobweb

John Kane ... Peter Quince / Mustardseed
Mark Letheren ... Francis Flute / Peaseblossom
Kenn Sabberton ... Snug
Ann Hasson ... First Fairy
Emily Button ... Principal Fairy / Courtier
Jane Colenutt ... Principal Fairy / Courtier
Tim Griggs ... Principal Fairy / Courtier
Darren Roberts ... Principal Fairy / Courtier
Gemma Aston ... Fairy / Courtier
John Baxter ... Fairy / Courtier
Guy Hargreaves ... Fairy / Courtier
Michelle Jordan ... Fairy / Courtier
Sarah Kruger ... Fairy / Courtier
Nicola McRoy ... Fairy / Courtier
Joseph Morton ... Fairy / Courtier

Matt Patresi ... Fairy / Courtier
Oscar Pearce ... Fairy / Courtier
Dominique Poulter ... Fairy / Courtier
Osheen Jones ... The Boy

Directed by
Adrian Noble 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Shakespeare  play

Produced by
Paul Arnott .... producer
Ian Scaife .... line producer
Original Music by
Howard Blake 
Cinematography by
Ian Wilson 
Film Editing by
Paul Hodgson 
Peter Hollywood 
Casting by
Alison Chard 
Production Design by
Anthony Ward 
Art Direction by
John Fenner (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Peter James 
Costume Design by
Anthony Ward 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francesco Reidy .... assistant director
Toni Staples .... third assistant director
Art Department
Temple Clark .... storyboard artist
Andy Evans .... construction manager
José Luis Moya .... construction assistant
Ramón Moya .... construction manager
Sound Department
Ian Morgan .... sound editor
Chris Munro .... sound mixer
Adrian Rhodes .... re-recording mixer
Adrian Rhodes .... sound
Peter Gleaves .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jon Bowen .... 3D animator
Chas Cash .... 3D animator
Dave Child .... 3D animator
Alan Church .... digital effects producer
Cliff Culley .... special photographic effects
Neil Culley .... special photographic effects
Martin Hobbs .... digital effects coordinator: Cinesite
Steve Hubbard .... digital compositor
Kat Szuminska .... digital compositor
Courtney Vanderslice .... head of production: Cinesite
Niki Wakefield .... digital compositor: Cinesite (as Nicki Wakefield)
Aviv Yaron .... Compositor: Cinesite
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Cross .... best boy
Michael Green .... focus puller 'a' camera
Mike House .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William Steggle .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Liz Green .... first assistant editor: film
David Hamme .... assistant colorist
Mark Harris .... first assistant editor
Brad Watson .... assistant editor
Other crew
Marcus Stevenson .... production assistant
Richard Turner .... production accountant

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Singapore:105 min

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Magical and funny!, 15 February 2002
Author: Olga Levina from Moscow, Russia

Why this film is so underestimated? May be, because the same production looked better on the stage? Well, I've never seen it on the stage and am totally satisfied with the screen version. It is a wonderful mixture of a fair-tale dream and amusing comedy of characters and situations. The most startling thing about the film is the settings, which are colourful, imaginative, and picturesque, with magic lights. Costumes are also fascinating – artfully invented type of dressing for heroes of English boy's dream. I think that introduction of the boy is very clever and helpful in a film. The movie is beautiful and superbly performed. Alex Jennings and Lindsay Duncan act splendidly, and so does Finbar Lynch. But I especially like the love-quadrangle of Lysander-Hermia-Demetrius-Helena. Young actors are very spirited. Shakespearean text wasn't unnecessary edited and RSC actors speak it brilliantly. There is also a lot of fun. The production of that absurd Athenian troupe is just as ridiculous as it was meant to be, I think. I find plenty of things to enjoy about the movie; highly recommend it to everybody. P.S. Englishmen are extraordinary lucky to have the opportunity of enjoying RSC productions on the stage. What the rest of world would do without films?

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