Midsummer (1999)

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A girl must choose between an arranged marriage and a life of celibacy in this modern take on the Shakespeare classic.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce DuBose ...
Regan Kerwin ...
Helena (as Regan Poole)
Demetrius (as Travis Schult)
Renner St. John ...
Titania / Hippolyta (as Renner Wesolowski)
Big Skinny Brown ...
Troy Grant ...
Mathew Greer ...
P.J. Knopke ...
JuliaAnn Lewis ...
Bari Lynn ...


A complex love quadrangle develops between four young lovers in Elizabethan England when mischievous forest spirits decide to play Cupid. American adaptation of the Shakespeare classic. Written by Anonymous

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'Tis almost fairy time.


Short | Fantasy | Romance



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29 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Midsummer Night's Dream  »

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1.85 : 1
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Version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959) See more »


A Forest
Written by Smith/Tolhurst/Gallup/Hartley
Performed by The Cure
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A gem of a film
26 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

Oft-disparaged indie producers Kit Carson and Cynthia Hargrave have bucked their reputations and created a gem of a film here--certainly their finest since 1996's "Bottle Rocket" [also shot in Texas]. An invitation-only preview in Dallas revealed a modern, 20-something, MTV approach to the bard that's refreshingly hip--and intellectual--in today's market of mindnumbingly histrionic Shakespeare pictures. The remarkably foxy Domenica Scorsese makes a thoroughly nuanced and downright sultry Hermia [Scorsese can convey more with her suggestive gaze than, say, Calista Flockhart can do with two hours of melodramatic speechifying], and the writers' choice to centre the film around her and Lysander--as opposed to Bottom, for example--is inspired. Too-good-looking-to-be-true soap opera star Travis Schuldt rounds out the cast as a sadistic Demetrius. Some of the more esoteric references to mysticism and Tarot may be lost on the casual viewer, but it is hard not to appreciate a Shakespeare film with a soundtrack that's got a great combination of techno/ and retro/alterna bands like this. Best moment: The interpretation of "love in idleness" as a designer drug! My only complaint--it needs to be longer. Looking forward to the release of the full feature.

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