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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 29 November 1996 (UK)
A boy dreams the play. Authority in Athens is shaky: Hermia rejects her father's choice, the Duke backs her father, and the Duchess sides with Hermia. Dad's choice, Demetrius, pursues ... See full summary »

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Adrian Noble

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William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Duncan ... Hippolyta / Titania
Alex Jennings ... Theseus / Oberon
Desmond Barrit ... Nick Bottom
Finbar Lynch ... Philostrate / Puck (as Barry Lynch)
Monica Dolan ... Hermia
Kevin Doyle ... Demetrius
Daniel Evans ... Lysander
Emily Raymond Emily Raymond ... Helena
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Egeus
Howard Crossley Howard Crossley ... Tom Snout / Fairy
Robert Gillespie ... Robin Starveling / Cobweb
John Kane ... Peter Quince / Mustardseed
Mark Letheren Mark Letheren ... Francis Flute / Peaseblossom
Kenn Sabberton Kenn Sabberton ... Snug
Ann Hasson Ann Hasson ... First Fairy
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A boy dreams the play. Authority in Athens is shaky: Hermia rejects her father's choice, the Duke backs her father, and the Duchess sides with Hermia. Dad's choice, Demetrius, pursues Hermia but is loved by Helena. When Hermia and her lover meet in the woods the next night, Helena tells Demetrius in hopes she can follow and change his mind. Also in the woods are craftsmen preparing a play, plus the fairies: the fairy rulers, Oberon and Titania, are at odds, so Oberon conjures a spell and Titania falls for a craftsman bewitched with the ears of an ass. Oberon's sprite, Puck, also tries to bring the four young lovers into compatible couples but makes an error before all is right. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1996 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

En skærsommernats drøm See more »

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Delightfully Surprised!
8 December 2005 | by SylSee all my reviews

The little boy in the movie has read William Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream. Like the title, he has a dream where he goes to different worlds and sees them act out the comedy. While it can get confusing, I prefer this film version because the little boy can be the audience. Not everybody who is going to see it is going to relate to the film. Shakespeare's Comedy is fantasy as well with fairies and an underworld all on its own. The boy may not grasp the language neither can most of the audience. But he does see what going on. Just like a title, it is his dream. Dreams can have fairies and be weird on its own. I like the fact that the director tried to do something different. After watching other versions, I like this quirky film for its pure hearted attempt to get people involved in Shakespeare. Like our dreams, they don't make sense a lot of the time. The acting here is average. You can't compare these actors to the other versions. They are not as seasoned as them but that's not the point. The Royal Shakespeare Company should be commended and applauded for taking a daring chance at bringing this play to a mainstream audience. If you want the old fashioned film, watch the 1968 version with Dame Diana Rigg, Dame Judi Dench, and Dame Helen Mirren. If you don't want that, you will enjoy and open your mind to Shakespeare's play without the bloodshed of his tragedies. By the way, since I am going to become an English teacher. I like this version because of the little boy.


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