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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 9 February 1969 (USA)
The adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with fairies come to light in a moonlit forest.


Peter Hall


William Shakespeare (play)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Godfrey Derek Godfrey ... Theseus
Barbara Jefford ... Hippolyta
Nicholas Selby Nicholas Selby ... Egeus
Hugh Sullivan Hugh Sullivan ... Philostrate
David Warner ... Lysander
Diana Rigg ... Helena
Michael Jayston ... Demetrius
Helen Mirren ... Hermia
Paul Rogers ... Bottom
Sebastian Shaw ... Quince
Bill Travers ... Snout
Clive Swift ... Snug
Donald Eccles ... Starveling
John Normington ... Flute
Ian Richardson ... Oberon


The adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with fairies come to light in a moonlit forest.

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9 February 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le songe d'une nuit d'été See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.33 : 1
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During filming of Oberon (Ian Richardson) and Titania (Judi Dench) against a raining backdrop, one of the young men operating the hoses (to simulate rain) was so distracted by the nearly nude beauty of Judi Dench, that he lost track of his hose, which blasted Ms. Dench and Richardson into the adjacent lake, from which they had to be rescued by the crew. See more »


Lysander: The course of true love never did run smooth.
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Version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959) See more »

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Great Actors, Bad Cinema
6 May 2005 | by Bologna KingSee all my reviews

This movie looks like it was hastily committed to film by high school students. The lighting changes constantly so one is never sure whether the scene is intended to be at night or during the day. The fairies appear to be various shades of green at different times. The lovers get muddier and muddier as the story progresses, and the stains migrate around their clothes and faces. The sound is exactly the same wherever the action is. There is a frequent use of jerky stop action to move the scene from place to place and to show fairies moving at the speed of light. The dreadful music is earnestly trying to be avante-garde and succeeding in being cacophonous and out-of-place. The costumes were trendy then but look rather silly now.

The virtually uncut script, an advantage for students, has the disadvantage of occasionally slowing the action to a near stop.

It's a pity because these are great performances by an amazingly talented cast. Helen Mirren's Hermia, less strident than most, Ian Holm's doglike Puck and Judi Dench's near naked Titania are standouts certainly. Best of all for me was Derek Godfrey as Theseus. He brings a lot of dignity and urbanity to a part often played as a pompous bore or a chump. Theseus is given a lot of lines, sadly cut in many productions, which comment on literature and drama. "The best of this kind are but shadows, and the worst no worse, if imagination amend it." You need a fair bit of imagination to amend the shortfalls of this film, but the effort is well worth it.

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