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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 14 May 1999 (USA)
Lovers' lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and... love.

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Storyline

Shakespeare's intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start--Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, Hermia's father wants Demetrius for a son-in-law. On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the faeries) are having a spat over a servant boy. The plot twists up when Oberon's head mischief-maker, Puck, runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking. Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke's wedding (one of whom is given a donkey's head and Titania for a lover by Puck) and the complications become fantastically funny. Written by Lordship <lordship@juno.com>

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Hold on to Your Heart. Cupid is Armed and Dangerous. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,285,620, 16 May 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,071,990, 29 August 1999
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Trivia

This is Michelle Pfeiffer's first attempt at Shakespeare since her debut as an actress in a New York stage production of Twelfth Night. See more »

Goofs

In the play within a play scene, Bottom alternates between wearing and not wearing leggings. See more »

Quotes

Helena: I am your spaniel. And Demetrius, the more you beat me, I will fawn on you. Use me - but as your spaniel. Spurn me, strike me, neglect me, lose me, but give me leave, unworthy as I am, to follow you.
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Referenced in Game k n b?: Episode dated 29 November 2006 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Una furtiva lagrima
from the opera "L'elisir d'amore"
Composed by Gaetano Donizetti
Performed by Roberto Alagna
with the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon (as Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Lyon)
Conducted by Evelino Pidò
Courtesy of The Decca Record Company Limited, London
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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A True Gem
19 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

Having read other reviews of this film that whine about the scenery, Kevin Kline, etc., I have to say that I have no complaints.

Obviously they do not remember that the sets that are unreal are supposed to be unreal -- this is supposed to be the realm of the fairies.

The scenes that are supposed to be set in reality are VERY real -- and quite beautiful.

The scenes that are set in unreality are VERY unreal --and quite beautiful.

Calista Flockheart did an admirable job as the always forlorn Helena.

Stanley Tucci as Puck was an absolute delight.

Rupert Everett as the King of the Fairies..... well, it isn't exactly a stretch.

Kevin Kline did NOT steal the movie -- he was but a part of an ensemble.

With the exception of Michelle Pfeiffer every one in the cast knew what their lines meant and delivered them appropriately.

Titania's first speech is simply words being repeated by rote -- could have been better.

I truly enjoyed this film -- it is a good introduction to Shakespeare for those that are not familiar with him.

ENJOY!


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