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A Midwinter's Tale (1995)

In the Bleak Midwinter (original title)
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Out of work actor Joe volunteers to help try and save his sister's local church for the community by putting on a Christmas production of Hamlet, somewhat against the advice of his agent ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Henry Wakefield (Claudius, the Ghost, and the Player King)
Hetta Charnley ... Molly
... Margaretta D'Arcy
... Tom Newman (Laertes, Fortinbras, and messengers)
... Vernon Spatch (Polonius, Marcellus, and First Gravedigger)
Gerard Horan ... Carnforth Greville (Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Horatio, and Barnardo)
... Fadge
... Joe Harper (Hamlet)
... Nancy Crawford
... Nina Raymond (Ophelia)
... Terry Du Bois (Queen Gertrude)
Ann Davies ... Mrs. Branch
James D. White ... Tim
Robert Hines ... Mortimer
Allie Byrne ... Tap Dancer
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Out of work actor Joe volunteers to help try and save his sister's local church for the community by putting on a Christmas production of Hamlet, somewhat against the advice of his agent Margaretta. As the cast he assembles are still available even at Christmas and are prepared to do it on a 'profit sharing' basis (that is, they may not get paid anything) he cannot expect - and does not get - the cream of the cream. But although they all bring their own problems and foibles along, something bigger starts to emerge in the perhaps aptly named village of Hope. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The drama. The passion. The intrigue... And the rehearsals haven't even started.

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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16 February 1996 (USA)  »

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$346,839
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This was the first film that Kenneth Branagh directed in which he did not appear. See more »

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Molly: What is the show, anyway? My brother wouldn't even tell me. Oh, I hope it's something Christmasy, a comedy.
Joe: It's Hamlet.
Molly: Great. "Hello kids. Do stop watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and come and watch a four hundred year old play about a depressed aristocrat."
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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In The Bleak Midwinter
Written by Gustav Holst
Arranged by Jimmy Yuill
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A great film to pick up your spirits
22 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

I selected this movie from the video shelf because the title seemed consonant with my mood. My girlfriend had just dumped me, my best friend had just broken off with me, and it was raining. The realisation that it was black and white throughout seemed to be perfect. Yet the story, of a struggling actor's frantic attempts to mount a benefit showing of Hamlet to save a church, along with Branagh's comedic editing, begins as a farce, sails along with Coward-like snippets of conversation (along with the use of Coward's song "The Show Must Go On") and develops facilely and elegantly into a moving portrait of the camaraderie of an acting company without one noticing. I didn't realise I wasn't unhappy and in love with all these people until the movie was over and I was beaming quite sunnily (who needs friends and girlfriends anyway when you've got movies?). Julie Sawalha's reading of the line "Let's face it, we're all depressed" may very well have saved my life.


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