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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)
William Luce (play)
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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
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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Additional Details

Canada:83 min
Color (HDCAM)


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8 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Broadway DUD, 1 December 2011
Author: ronlax556 from United States

I saw this at TIFF last Fall and was very disappointed. Although Plummer was wonderful, the film is an overproduced mess that never gets past its bad writing. The choice of director was wrong versus some one that had the biopic chops. The use of flashbacks and added film montages makes the film look cheap and takes away from Plummer. My sense is that this film will not find a distributor as it is sadly boring, slow and dull. This was a case of leave a good Broadway one off alone. Why Plummer would do this is puzzling. He won the Tony and now this is a sluggish tarnished effort. I wanted to like the film given Plummer's ability to command a stage but would bogs the film down is the pacing and cliché dialog. The other problem is that approach and art direction looks like they threw anything they had from the "theatre warehouse" at the film. Producer Garth Drabinsky (now in jail)has the theatrical chops but his return to the dated material and a subject long forgotten was a bad mistake.

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