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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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Erik Canuel (screen adaptation)
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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. | Add synopsis »
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Christopher Plummer ... John Barrymore
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John Plumpis ... Frank
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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
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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Additional Details

Canada:83 min
Color (HDCAM)


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5 out of 8 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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