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Never Say Macbeth -- Danny, a science teacher, tries to reunite with his ex-girlfriend Ruth, who has dumped him to become an actress in Hollywood. Stumbling into an LA theater during auditions asking: "Is this the audition for Macbeth?" he starts a series of unfortunate events that not only curse the production, but his ex-girlfriend as well, all but ruining his chance for love. NEVER SAY MACBETH is a high-spirited no holds barred comedy about the biggest taboo in theater. Macbeth is believed to be cursed because it is the only Shakespeare play based on black magic and witchcraft, which is why this film, NEVER SAY MACBETH, is also cursed.
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Tammy Caplan ... Jeni

John Combs ... The Porter
Scott Conte ... Vinnie
Bayard Crawley ... Doug
Linnea Liu Dakin ... Major General's Daughter
Erika Davis-Marsh ... Major General's Daughter

Luis de Amechazurra ... Gordon

Mark Deklin ... Scott
Alexander Enberg ... Jason

Michael Gabiano ... Algernon

Tania Getty ... Tamara

Gregory Gifford Giles ... Chuck (as Gregory Giles)

Joe Tyler Gold ... Danny
Diane Hurley ... Ghost Witch
Ian Kerr ... Major General

Jonathan Levit ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Mercedes Martinez ... Monique

Velvet Rhodes ... Madame Betrovka

Andrea Ruth ... Gwendolen
Ruth Silveira ... Ghost Witch
Melodee Spevack ... Ghost Witch

Ilana Turner ... Ruth (as Ilana Kira)
Richard Williamson ... Robert

Sam Zeller ... Pirate King

Directed by
Christopher J. Prouty 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joe Tyler Gold 

Produced by
Tammy Caplan .... producer
Joe Tyler Gold .... producer
Jun Teppang .... co-producer
Original Music by
Tim Labor 
Cinematography by
Michael Millikan 
Film Editing by
Bill Butler 
Stephen Butler 
Christopher J. Prouty 
Art Direction by
Shauna Schurman 
Costume Design by
Cynthia Herteg 
Makeup Department
Laura Blackburn .... makeup artist
Rochelle Kneisley-Fisher .... makeup artist (as Rochelle Kneisley)
Judi Lewin .... key hair stylist
Judi Lewin .... key makeup artist
Florence Previtali .... makeup artist
Dennis Ramirez .... makeup artist
Production Management
Elizabeth Greene .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ashley Contino .... second assistant director
Chris Hall .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Benjamin Mahoney .... assistant sound editor
Antonio Moncada .... sound mixer
Jeff G. Peters .... additional sound editor
Matt Rose .... boom operator
Jason Viera .... boom operator
Jonathan Wareham .... sound editor
Gerald B. Wolfe .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Alexander Enberg .... special effects
Chris Mabli .... special effects: props
Mark Deklin .... fight choreographer
Melodee Spevack .... fight choreographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jesse Crusing .... gaffer
Justin DeNino .... key grip
Gene Fereaud .... gaffer
James Graham .... still photographer (as Jamie Graham)
Jonathan Joy .... grip
Stephanie Koutrakos .... first assistant camera
Dean Lent .... camera operator
Animation Department
Tom Sito .... animator: main title animation
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Todd Silver .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Tammy Caplan .... additional editor
Ben Edwards .... on-line editor
Alexander Enberg .... additional editor
Joe Tyler Gold .... additional editor
Allen Kelly .... colorist
Music Department
Agnes Gottschewski .... musician: violin
Martin St. Pierre .... composer: additional music
Jonathan Westerberg .... musician: guitar
Other crew
Tony Clark .... magic consultant
John Mazza .... script supervisor
Shara Moradi .... production assistant
Peter Rowan .... consultant
Pilar Alessandra .... special thanks
Doug Chamberlin .... special thanks
Paula Ficara .... special thanks
Caroline Roche .... special thanks
Stephen Wastell .... special thanks

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USA:86 min


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What a good basic idea! What a pity as it turned out!, 19 March 2012
Author: eschetic-2 from Bolton, Ct./Jersey City, NJ; United States

No, unfortunately, the film isn't very good despite a bright core idea and a better than average cast (oh, for a first tier script, director and cinematographer!), but it is a fair goof for a Saturday afternoon - not the SLINGS AND ARROWS that it badly wanted to be, but undemanding (VERY undemanding) fun in a few of its best moments.

The biggest disappointment for me was that the film makers simply started with a little knowledge and proved how dangerous that could be. They knew of the "curse" but had only a high school freshman's impression of that the curse was all about and didn't bother going any deeper.

The Curse of the Scottish Play *actually* started when Shakespeare's acting company put on the Bard's script in honor of their new monarch, James Stuart (the Ist of England, the VIth of Scotland), a man who BELIEVED in witches and ghosts (he'd even written a respected text on the subject) and spent a fortune on the lavish tartans and other costumes for the new production. Shakespeare, in covering the well known bit of Scottish history *did* include a bevy of witches and curses, but that was not the problem - the problem was the scene showing the WITCHES prophesying Banquo's heirs (James traced his lineage to Banquo) reigning on in Scotland - essentially demonic involvement in the founding of James' house! THAT was a problem for a man who believed in witches. James *hated* the production which seemed to him to be a direct attack on his legitimacy, and in no small part as a result, the production flopped. With the fortune spent on the lavish new costumes lost, OF COURSE the acting company viewed the play as under a curse and took to not speaking of it or quoting from it in the playhouse. In fact, it would be 150 years before the play would enter the regular canon of Shakespeare's performed work with James long gone and the merits of an actually very good play rising to the surface.

Why the play is STILL considered cursed is another story entirely (if just as easy to understand): so many actors keep getting injured during performances. MANY of Shakespeare's plays have fencing and/or sword fights in them - but only The Scottish Play uses big 26lb., hard to choreograph broad swords rather than light rapiers. One slip and an actor loses a finger or two. Then there the other "special effects" that usually accompany the witches' entrances - I'll never forget when Alan Minnie overloaded the "flashpots" in the college production I was in and we blew Julia Lover's eyebrows off as the elevator raised the witches behind them. Any wonder actors still like to think of the play as cursed?

What a movie - comic farce or horror story - someone could make out of all that without this film's passionate cast of three play repertory ghosts (lost in a supposed theatre fire while rotating in The Scottish Play, Oscar Wilde's IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and Gilbert & Sullivan's PIRATES OF PENZANCE) which this little Independent (ego production?) tries to hang much of its "entertainment" on. Yes, the silly juxtaposition of lines from all three productions in the film's production of the Scottish Play is good for a few cheap laughs, but it really doesn't have anything to do with the concept the film tries to sell.

If you go with it, stick around for the sing-along lyrics for G&S's "Modern Major General" during the final credits and the "ghost" telling the audience to "go home" as if he lost the part in FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF to Matthew Broderick and never got over that either. They are as much fun as anything else in the film.

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