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Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Arthur Sullivan
... Louis
Sukie Smith ... Clothilde
Roger Heathcott ... Stage Doorkeeper
Wendy Nottingham ... Helen Lenoir
Stefan Bednarczyk ... Frank Cellier
Geoffrey Hutchings ... Armourer
... Richard Temple
... Butt
... Cook
Adam Searle ... Shrimp
Martin Savage ... George Grossmith
... William Schwenck Gilbert
... Lucy Gilbert (Kitty)
Kate Doherty ... Mrs. Judd
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Storyline

After their production "Princess Ida" meets with less-than-stunning reviews, the relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan is strained to breaking. Their friends and associates attempt to get the two to work together again, which opens the way to "The Mikado," one of the duo's greatest successes. Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>

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Rated R for a scene of risque nudity | See all certifications »

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Budget:

£10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,718, 19 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,201,757, 21 May 2000
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Not only did all the actors do their own singing, but everyone in the cast, including the pit orchestra and the actors who play instruments in the film, actually played the music they are seen to play. See more »

Goofs

During the performance, Katisha's kimono is wrapped incorrectly. All Kimono wrap from the right side of the body to the left (i.e. the right side folds over the left), but her kimono wraps from left to right. Every other character has her/his kimono wrapped correctly. See more »

Quotes

[after extracting Gilbert's bad tooth]
Dentist: I must say, my wife and I did find "Princess Ida" rather too long, don't you know.
Gilbert: [mumbles indignantly around the gauze in his mouth]
Dentist: Try not to speak, old chap.
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Connections

Featured in Mike Leigh in Conversation (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

The Mikado Finale, Act Two
(1885)
from "The Mikado"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Performed by the entire cast
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Thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying.
1 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

This period film is unique in that the writer/director chose not to invent some contrived plot to push the movie along. It is as if we are simply witness at crucial points during normal goings on in the lives of Gilbert and Sullivan during the late 1800's. I found it fascinating and was not aware of the length (almost 3 hours) during the picture.

If you have ever been in a musical, have a love of theater, or have any interest in the 1800's, you must see this film. From the superb acting, to the set design (amazing accuracy), to the technique - this film is a gem to behold.


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