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Barrymore -- As John Barrymore reckons with the ravages of his life of excess, he rents an old theatre to rehearse for a backer's audition to raise money for a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph in Richard III.


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  (in credits order)

Christopher Plummer ... John Barrymore
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Plumpis ... Frank

Directed by
Erik Canuel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Erik Canuel  screen adaptation
William Luce  play

Produced by
Kevin Albrecht .... executive producer
Garth H. Drabinsky .... producer
Steve Kalafer .... executive producer
Peter LeDonne .... executive producer
Christopher Plummer .... executive producer
Gene Saks .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michel Corriveau 
Cinematography by
Bernard Couture 
Film Editing by
Jean-François Bergeron 
Production Design by
Cameron Porteous 
Production Management
Gregor Hutchison .... post-production supervisor
Allan Levine .... production manager (additional photography)
Thom J. Pretak .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ross Clyde .... first assistant director
Joanne Tickle .... second assistant director
Art Department
Debra Hanson .... scenic designer
Brian Mullin .... key scenic
Sound Department
Steve Baine .... foley artist
Lana Marie Hattar .... assistant re-recording mixer
Michael LaCroix .... sound mixer
Sylvain Lefebvre .... sound mixer
Peter McBoyle .... original stage sound
Jason Perreira .... sound re-recording mixer
Jill Purdy .... dialogue editor
David Rose .... sound effects editor
Andrew Tay .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Barnes .... best boy electric
Adam Craig .... assistant camera
Antony Ellis .... a camera operator
Roger Finlay .... "b" camera operator
Daniel Rosenberg .... data management technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mitchell Bloom .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate assistant editor
Lorraine Samuel .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Kevin Banks .... music editor
Sylvain Lefebvre .... score mixer: score recordist
Transportation Department
Ben Cekuta .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Kelly Ebers .... producer's assistant
Lucia Haliburton .... production coordinator (as Lucia Hamilton)
Daniela Saioni .... script supervisor
Andrew Wolinsky .... producers asssistant
Nathalie Brunet .... special thanks

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Canada:83 min
Color (HDCAM)


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Christopher Plummer is brilliant, 9 February 2014
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Christopher Plummer is "Barrymore" in this 2014 filming of the two-person play by William Luce, which was first performed by Plummer in 1996.

In the play, Barrymore has rented a theater in order to rehearse for a backers audition of a Richard III revival. The play had been one of his great triumphs in the theater. He can't remember his lines and is drunk, so he needs the rehearsal. Offstage is a prompter, Frank (John Plumpis) who feeds him lines and puts up with the erratic actor throughout.

During rehearsal, Barrymore confronts his growing up, his marriages, his brother and sister, his friends, his successes and his failures, every once in a while coming out with something that's actually from Richard III, with some other Shakespeare thrown in.

Christopher Plummer is phenomenal. He sounds just like Barrymore, and he is superb at bringing out the humor and pathos of the script, as well as reciting some of the beautiful Shakespearian speeches.

I realize some people didn't care for this, and probably seeing this on stage is a different experience. One poster mentioned that this is "dated material and a subject long forgotten." The name Barrymore is not forgotten, and there's nothing dated about Shakespeare. John Barrymore was a fascinating person, an important part of theater, and a presence in films. And Christopher Plummer is a treasure.

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