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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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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Michael Cacoyannis' final movie. See more »

Connections

Version of El jardín de los cerezos (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet No 3
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
Conducted by Misha Rachlevsky
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Re: I bloody loved it!
7 July 2005 | by shicovianistaSee all my reviews

From the previous reviews I gather that this is where the elite meet to bleat. I wish those who are so afflicted by nearly everything in this lovely film could spell a bit better. I have seen several stage versions of this play, and I have read the play, so I was prepared to see the film. I agree with whoever it was who said it would appeal best to those who had seen or read the play and that is true. Not every film is for the popcorn crowd. I loved the atmosphere and that is something you cannot get in a stage play. How can acres of cherry trees in blossom be offensive to anyone? That falling-down hunting lodge seemed just right for that decaying family. The costumes were beautiful. There is not a single character in the story whom anyone could actually like, it's true, but by the end of the story you have been told so many things about them, if you pay attention, you can believe in them, which is better at times than merely being able to 'like' them. I believe Chekhov would have approved it.


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