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The Cherry Orchard (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 January 2000 (France)
Madame Ranevskaya (Charlotte Rampling) is a spoiled aging aristocratic lady, who returns from a trip to Paris to face the loss of her magnificent Cherry Orchard estate after a default on ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Cacoyannis

Writers:

Anton Chekhov (play), Michael Cacoyannis (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Rampling ... Ranyevskaya
Alan Bates ... Gayev
Katrin Cartlidge ... Varya
Owen Teale ... Lopahin
Tushka Bergen ... Anya
Xander Berkeley ... Yepihodov
Gerard Butler ... Yasha (as Gerald Butler)
Andrew Howard ... Trofimov
Melanie Lynskey ... Dunyasha
Ian McNeice ... Pishchik
Frances de la Tour ... Charlotte Ivanovna
Michael Gough ... Feers
Simeon Viktorov ... Doridanov (as Simeon Victorov)
Itschak Fintzi ... Stranger (as Itzhak Finzi)
Ivan Pangelov Ivan Pangelov ... French priest
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Storyline

Madame Ranevskaya (Charlotte Rampling) is a spoiled aging aristocratic lady, who returns from a trip to Paris to face the loss of her magnificent Cherry Orchard estate after a default on the mortgage. In denial, she continues living in the past, deluding herself and her family, while the beautiful cherry trees are being axed down by the re-possessor Lopakhin (Owen Teale), her former serf, who has his own agenda. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Greece | France | Cyprus

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

12 January 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El jardín de los cerezos See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,738, 24 February 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$135,280
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Dame Helen Mirren was supposed to play the part of Ranyevskaya. She was involved with the project from the beginning, and even attended the rehearsals. But when Director Michael Cacoyannis announced that no one was to leave Bulgaria during the three months of filming, she pulled out. See more »

Connections

Version of Der Kirschgarten (1959) See more »

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String Quartet No 3
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
Conducted by Misha Rachlevsky
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Tedious cinematic experience.
24 July 2008 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

In this era of gratuitous special effects and uneven, even shoddy, production, one cannot depend on Hollywood to successfully transfer a stage play to the screen. This movie is partially the exception, as the movie amazingly pulls itself together in midstream to become a commendable work of art. The first part of this movie is a cinematic disaster. It's boring, slow, and muddled, with a terrible first ten minutes which is supposed to provide some background information about some of the main characters but which is totally disconnected from the main body of the story itself which takes place in a completely different venue. Then as this movie is heading toward a complete cinematic breakdown it amazingly recovers its strength and vitality and becomes crisp, sharp, focused and coherent, conveying a poignant story about torment and suffering in time of change. From that point on all the performances are great, especially that of Michael Gough, Alan Bates and the beautiful Charlotte Rampling who succeeds in capturing the essence of the woman whose whole world is being turned upside down. But despite the strong finish, that one first has to endure a truly bad start before getting to the good part makes this movie a tedious cinematic experience.


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