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A Midwinter's Tale (1995)

In the Bleak Midwinter (original title)
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A group of theater actors plays 'Hamlet' in a provincial village, facing with their own temptations, disappointments and joys.

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Kenneth Branagh

Writer:

Kenneth Branagh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Briers ... Henry Wakefield (Claudius, the Ghost, and the Player King)
Hetta Charnley Hetta Charnley ... Molly
Joan Collins ... Margaretta D'Arcy
Nicholas Farrell ... Tom Newman (Laertes, Fortinbras, and messengers)
Mark Hadfield ... Vernon Spatch (Polonius, Marcellus, and First Gravedigger)
Gerard Horan Gerard Horan ... Carnforth Greville (Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Horatio, and Barnardo)
Celia Imrie ... Fadge
Michael Maloney ... Joe Harper (Hamlet)
Jennifer Saunders ... Nancy Crawford
Julia Sawalha ... Nina Raymond (Ophelia)
John Sessions ... Terry Du Bois (Queen Gertrude)
Ann Davies Ann Davies ... Mrs. Branch
James D. White James D. White ... Tim
Robert Hines Robert Hines ... Mortimer
Allie Byrne Allie Byrne ... Tap Dancer
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Storyline

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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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Midwinter's Tale See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Gross USA:

$346,839
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Nina Raymond: You've turned into an old sweetie, haven't you?
Henry Wakefield: No, I'm still a miserable git, and this is all a front to stop you from messing up my performance.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Mule Train
Written by Johnny Lange, Hy Heath, Fred Glickman
Copyright © 1949 Bulls Eye Music Inc., USA
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A perfect little movie to cheer our imperfect little lives
15 December 2003 | by ConalTaezaliSee all my reviews

A perfect little movie, this tale of provincial actors struggling to deliver a production of Hamlet is one that will cheer your Bleak Midwinter if you have any heart whatsoever. Definitely under-rated and one of Branagh's best, it is simply and effectively photographed in black and white, and features a witty, amusing, and at times, hilarious script performed by a stand-out ensemble cast. Although its tale of backstage trials and tribulations will not appeal to all tastes, there is a lot of subtlety and truthfulness to the gentle, genuine sentiment on offer here. Among very few false notes, only Jennifer Saunder's dire caricature as a Hollywood producer really disappoints. The rest of the cast are just terrific. Almost as good a Christmas movie as It's a Wonderful Life, I recommend it.


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