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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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Some of the orchestral score is from Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's 1843 incidental music for this William Shakespeare play. It has also been used in Frederick Ashton's 1964 ballet adaptation of the play, "The Dream", and in George Balanchine's ballet version of the play. The 1935 film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) also used generous chunks of Mendelssohn's music. 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: I have had a most rare vision / I have had a dream / Past the wit of man to say what dream it was. / Man is but an ass if he go about to expound this dream. / Methought I was... / There's no man can tell what. / Methought I was... / Methought I had... / Man is but a patched fool if he will offer to say what I had.
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Version of Le songe d'une nuit d'été (1909) See more »


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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Charming Fairy Dust
14 May 1999 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Though some critics have dumped on this film, I was charmed by it. The movie literally sparkles. The settings are full of rich colors and magical lighting. The romantic classical music is all well chosen to help induce the hypnotic or dreamlike qualities. And the cast is an utter delight.

This is a fluffy cloud of fairy dust -- just as Shakespeare intended.

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