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Barrymore -- Acclaimed American actor John Barrymore, a member of one of Hollywood's most well-known theatrical dynasties, looks back on the highs and lows of his stunning career and remarkable life.
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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Erik Canuel (screen adaptation)
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  (in credits order)

Christopher Plummer ... John Barrymore
John Plumpis ... Frank, The Prompter

Directed by
Erik Canuel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Erik Canuel  screen adaptation
William Luce  originally written for the stage by

Produced by
Kevin Albrecht .... executive producer
Garth H. Drabinsky .... producer
Steve Kalafer .... executive producer
Peter LeDonne .... executive producer
Christopher Plummer .... executive producer
Thom J. Pretak .... line producer
Gene Saks .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michel Corriveau 
Cinematography by
Bernard Couture (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jean-François Bergeron  (as Jean-Francois Bergeron)
Production Design by
Cameron Porteous 
Art Direction by
Bob Sher 
Set Decoration by
Nigel Hutchins 
Makeup Department
Gerry Altenburg .... based on the original hair design by
Gerry Altenburg .... based on the original makeup design by
Gerry Altenburg .... hair stylist
Gerry Altenburg .... makeup artist
Production Management
Don Finlayson .... production manager: for the theatrical production
Gregor Hutchison .... post-production supervisor
Dana Johnston .... production manager: theatre management
Allan Levine .... unit production manager: additional photography
Thom J. Pretak .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ross Clyde .... first assistant director
Richard Hirschfield .... third assistant director
Neil Huhta .... first assistant director: additional photography
Gene Saks .... originally directed on the stage by
Joanne Tickle .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gerry Fava .... property master
Debra Hanson .... scenic designer
Marilyn Hassen .... graphics designer
Cat Heaven .... set dresser
Celeste Koon .... art researcher
Santo Loquasto .... based on the original scenic design by
Kevin McCullagh .... construction coordinator
Pat O'Neil .... buyer
Brenda Powell .... set dresser
Mary Spyrakis .... props coordinator: for the theatrical production
Brian Mullin .... key scenic (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steve Baine .... foley artist
Jean Bot .... assistant sound editor
Jamie George .... sound board technician
Gina Gyles .... foley assistant (as Gina Wark)
Grant Hallam .... boom operator: additional photography
Michael LaCroix .... production sound mixer
Peter McBoyle .... based on the original sound design by
Jason Perreira .... sound re-recording mixer
Valentin Pricop .... sound recordist: additional photography
Daryl Purdy .... boom operator
Jill Purdy .... dialogue editor
David Rose .... additional sound effects editor
Jane Tattersall .... sound effects editor
Andrew Tay .... foley recordist
Andrew Tay .... sound re-recording mixer
Lana Marie Hattar .... assistant re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Pietro Gallo .... visual effects artist
Eric Myles .... visual effects artist
Nick Paulozza .... imaging supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Barnes .... best boy electric
Michael Battistone .... additional camera assistant (as Mike Battistone)
Brian Black .... remote head technician
Laurence Bortnick .... second assistant camera
Mark Cassidy .... electric
Muhamed Celik .... electric: additional photography (as Mihammed Celik)
Adam Craig .... second assistant camera
Josh Daniels .... grip: additional photography
Gyorgy Darvas .... additional camera assistant
Christopher Dean .... key grip
Eric Downer .... dmt operator: additional photography
Nigel Draper .... best boy electric: additional photography
Yanick Dubois .... mo-sys technician
John Duke .... dolly grip: additional photography
Antony Ellis .... camera operator
Roger Finlay .... camera operator
Burke Goldstein .... best boy grip: additional photography
Greg Grainger .... followspot operator
Michael Hall .... electric
Bob Harper .... crane operator
John Hobson .... first assistant camera
Mark Hoffman .... additional camera assistant
Warren Howard .... grip: additional photography
Chris Howell .... first assistant camera (as Christopher Howell)
Vanessa Ireson .... additional camera assistant
Natasha Katz .... based on the original lighting design by
Michael Kohne .... dolly grip
Philip Lanthier .... dolly grip (as Philipe Lanthier)
Doug Lawrance .... additional camera operator (as Doug Lawrence)
Jim MacCammon .... electric (as James 'Mac' McCammon)
Fabian MacDonald .... grip
Gerry McGonigle .... crane operator
Hugh McLean .... gaffer: additional photography
Edward Mikolic .... gaffer (as Edward 'Fast Eddy' Mikolic)
Juan Carlos Montalvo .... first assistant camera (as Juan Montalvo)
Sheena Munroe .... camera trainee
Frank Nemeth .... electric: additional photography (as Frank Nemith)
John Oliver .... best boy grip: additional photography
Sara Pickett .... additional camera assistant
Neil Piechatzek .... camera trainee
Daniel Rosenberg .... data management technician
Ron Schroeder .... key grip: additional photography
Rick Scott .... grip
Steve Sinclair .... generator operator: additional photography
Mike Smith .... camera operator
Frank Teunissen .... best boy grip
Lars Tilander .... head electrician
Bernard Van Speyk .... mo-sys technician
Nicholas Verlaine .... vtr operator: additional photography (as Nick Verlaine)
Casting Department
Roisin McGilly .... background casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Boulden .... assistant costume designer
Santo Loquasto .... based on the original costume design by
Sharon E. Secord .... dresser: Mr. Plummer
Mitchell Bloom .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Peter Armstrong .... digital intermediate producer
Kevin Downer .... digital intermediate assistant editor
Pietro Gallo .... digital intermediate editor
Guillaume Girard .... first assistant editor
Lee Hughes .... digital intermediate project manager
Tom Mayclim .... digital intermediate data wrangler
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate assistant editor
Eric Myles .... digital intermediate editor
Trevor Pickard .... digital intermediate data wrangler
Suelen Quon .... first assistant editor
Lorraine Samuel .... post-production coordinator
Chris Wallace .... digital intermediate colourist
Music Department
Kevin Banks .... music editor
Mark Camilleri .... conductor
Michel Corriveau .... orchestrator
Sylvain Lefebvre .... score mixer
Gregoire Morency .... music preparation
Michael Perlmutter .... music supervisor (as Michael A. Perlmutter)
Transportation Department
Ben Cekuta .... driver
Ben Cekuta .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Anne Allan .... senior executive
Jerald Banks .... legal services
Michael Bockner .... production coordinator: additional photography
Barry Burns .... assistant stage manager: for the theatrical production
Joshua Campbell .... location production assistant
Anthony Carpole .... office production assistant
Shaun Cengiz .... location production assistant
Casey Collins .... assistant to executive producer
Nadia Day .... assistant accountant
Derek Dresser .... housekeeping building operations manager: theatre management
Kelly Ebers .... assistant: Mr. rabinsky
Bill Fedun .... armour created from an original: South Tower Armouring Guild
Aubie Greenberg .... production executive: TMN
Jocelyn Hamilton .... production executive: Movie Central
Grant Hawkins .... production assistant: theatre management
Mark S. Hayes .... legal services: Hayes eLaw LLP
B.D. Hillis .... stage coordinator
Sara Holmes .... production accountant
Lisa Johnson .... publicity assistant
Richard Jones .... stand-in: Mr. Plummer
Sue Konynenburg .... company/stage manager: for the theatrical production
Adelaide Mitchell .... assistant: Mr. Drabinsky
Lena Polyvananaya .... administrative assistant: theatre management
Brett Randall .... theatre manager: theatre management
Angela Rauch .... assistant to executive producer
Moragh Robinson .... craft service
Daniela Saioni .... continuity supervisor
Ray Salverda .... technical director: for the theatrical production
Glenn Solomon .... legal services: Soloman Grosberg (as Glenn R. Soloman)
Melissa Warry-Smith .... location manager
Andrew Wolinsky .... producers asssistant: additional photography
Norman Zagier .... marketing and communications
Lucia Haliburton .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Nathalie Brunet .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Canada:83 min
Color (HDCAM)

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Mostly for select audiences., 14 May 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Unless you have seen John Barrymore perform, then you probably won't want to see this one. That's because today, very few even know exactly who Barrymore was. Practically everyone who saw him on stage has since died and unless you are an old movie fiend (like me), then you've probably not seen him in films. As for me, I am very familiar with him and his life--so it was natural that I'd get this DVD. But for the average person, I just can't see it being of a lot of interest.

Christopher Plummer plays the great actor in this film. As to the style, it really looks like a one-man play (with a second person offstage speaking a few lines) that has been filmed and released on DVD--and that's exactly what it is. Back in 1997, Plummer starred in the play "Barrymore" and he received the Tony Award for this performance. The play is set just before Barrymore's attempted comeback in 1942--the same year he died from the effects of alcohol.

As to whether or not this seems like John Barrymore, Plummer really doesn't look much like Barrymore. However, he does act like him--with some of the same mannerisms as well as the ability to play a genial drunk--which was what Barrymore generally was. But it's also very sad seeing a man playing a guy who WAS a great actor but who is only a step away from the grave due to his heavy drinking. Memory lapses, an inability to function without liquor and many reminiscences, this is basically what you'll see.

So is it any good? Well, if the film was about 30 or even 45 minutes, it would have been excellent. However, seeing a ruined, drunken wreck of a man talk and talk for 83 minutes is simply too much--even for a John Barrymore or Christopher Plummer fan. It becomes depressing and a bit tedious after a while. Worth seeing for the right person but difficult at the same time due to the subject matter. It's really a shame--Plummer is great in the role and should be commended for his performance.

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