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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1985)

Theseus has defeated Hippolyta in battle, and now claims her as his bride. But before the nuptials begin, a pair of young lovers flee into the forest to be married, pursued by a pair of ... See full summary »

Director:

Emile Ardolino

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Venora ... Hippolyta
James Hurdle James Hurdle ... Theseus
Ricky Jay ... Philostrate
Ralph Drischell Ralph Drischell ... Egeus
Deborah Rush ... Hermia
Rick Lieberman Rick Lieberman ... Demetrius
Kevin Conroy ... Lysander
Christine Baranski ... Helena
Steve Vinovich ... Quince
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Bottom
Paul Bates ... Flute
J. Patrick O'Brien J. Patrick O'Brien ... Starveling
Andreas Katsulas ... Snout
Peter Crook Peter Crook ... Snug
Marcell Rosenblatt Marcell Rosenblatt ... Puck
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Theseus has defeated Hippolyta in battle, and now claims her as his bride. But before the nuptials begin, a pair of young lovers flee into the forest to be married, pursued by a pair of not-lovers. There, in the forest, live the fairies whose lives are in turmoil, due to the heated lovers' quarrels between their rulers, Oberon and Titania. Between the fairies, an ass's head, the lovers, a troupe of unsuspecting would-be actors, and a magic flower that can make people fall in love at first sight, it's a merry night of chaos and comedy until everything is put to rights. Written by Kathy Li

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1985 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Сън в лятна нощ See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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William Hurt's performance exceptional
1 August 2005 | by gmurphy-1See all my reviews

It's been a very long time since I saw this -- near the original airing, and that's the only time. I'd love to get it/see it again. What I remember most positively...beyond overall good quality, and the outdoor theatrical setting, which gave it the charm of a performance (vs. a movie)... is William Hurt's acting as Oberon. Particularly his diction...which (although this is a distant memory) was rather "otherwordly", and gave a dimension to the fairy character that I'd never seen (or heard). If I am recalling it right, he extended certain syllables and phrases, intoned words in unusual ways -- and as I said, the effect was of a truly alien character -- which makes perfect sense, since that's what a King of the Fairies would be. I know it's worth seeing again to confirm my remembrance -- just have to find it.


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