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A Performance of Macbeth (1979)

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Macbeth is a daring member of the Scottish military who receives a revelation from three menacing sorceresses that he will someday become the King of Scotland. This information gives him a ... See full summary »

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Philip Casson

Writers:

Trevor Nunn (conceived for television by), William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McKellen ... Macbeth
Judi Dench ... Lady Macbeth
John Bown John Bown ... Lennox
Susan Dury Susan Dury ... 3rd Witch / Lady Macduff
Judith Harte Judith Harte ... 2nd Witch / Gentlewoman
Greg Hicks ... Donalbain / Seyton
David Howey ... Sergeant / 1st Murderer / Doctor
Griffith Jones ... Duncan
Marie Kean ... 1st Witch
Ian McDiarmid ... The Porter / Ross
Bob Peck ... Macduff
Duncan Preston Duncan Preston ... Angus
Roger Rees ... Malcolm
Zak Taylor Zak Taylor ... Fleance / Messenger
Stephen Warner Stephen Warner ... Young Macduff
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Macbeth is a daring member of the Scottish military who receives a revelation from three menacing sorceresses that he will someday become the King of Scotland. This information gives him a thirst for power, and with prompting from his wife, Lady Macbeth, he kills the current leader in order to take the throne. But he must continue to commit murders to keep his actions a secret, and soon, no one is safe. Written by Polly_Kat

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Version of Macbeth the Movie (2009) See more »

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23 July 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Ian MacKellen is quite possibly the greatest Macbeth ever to appear on film. He is absolutely brilliant in this record of the RSC's Other Place production, which chops up the text and does magical things with it. He knows when to use the verse Shakespeare gave him, and what to do with it. Perfectly complementing him is Judi Dench (great in the sleepwalking scene), a small and fragile she-devil. John Woodvine is a majestical Banquo - you truly believe he is the head of a long line of kings - while Ian MacDiarmid is a memorable Porter/Ross. Roger Rees is good value as Malcolm (despite the awful pullover), and Bob Peck is a calm Macduff, only stirred into action by his personal tragedy.

We can get under the skin of these characters, we believe in them. Although this is sourced from a stage production, it uses film to a great advantage and adds layers of atmosphere in its simple and effective setting. Highly recommended.


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