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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance  |  14 May 1999 (USA)
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Lovers' lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and... love.



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Shakespeare's intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start--Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, Hermia's father wants Demetrius for a son-in-law. On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the faeries) are having a spat over a servant boy. The plot twists up when Oberon's head mischief-maker, Puck, runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking. Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke's wedding (one of whom is given a donkey's head and Titania for a lover by Puck) and the complications become fantastically funny. Written by Lordship <lordship@juno.com>

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Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,285,620 (USA) (14 May 1999)


£1,183,531 (UK) (15 October 1999)

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Take a look at what some of the other performers are rehearsing while the Mechanicals are waiting for word from the Duke. One group of players are rehearsing Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and another pair of players are rehearsing a scene from William Shakespeare's play Othello. See more »


After calling Hermia a "dwarf", Lysander has a lot less mud on his face in the next shot. See more »


Bottom the Weaver: The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen; Man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was.
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Casta diva
from the opera "Norma"
Composed by Vincenzo Bellini
Performed by Renée Fleming
Conducted by Terry Davies
with the London Voices, directed by Terry Edwards
Courtesy of The Decca Record Company Limited, London
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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A True Gem
19 May 1999 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

Having read other reviews of this film that whine about the scenery, Kevin Kline, etc., I have to say that I have no complaints.

Obviously they do not remember that the sets that are unreal are supposed to be unreal -- this is supposed to be the realm of the fairies.

The scenes that are supposed to be set in reality are VERY real -- and quite beautiful.

The scenes that are set in unreality are VERY unreal --and quite beautiful.

Calista Flockheart did an admirable job as the always forlorn Helena.

Stanley Tucci as Puck was an absolute delight.

Rupert Everett as the King of the Fairies..... well, it isn't exactly a stretch.

Kevin Kline did NOT steal the movie -- he was but a part of an ensemble.

With the exception of Michelle Pfeiffer every one in the cast knew what their lines meant and delivered them appropriately.

Titania's first speech is simply words being repeated by rote -- could have been better.

I truly enjoyed this film -- it is a good introduction to Shakespeare for those that are not familiar with him.


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