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The Man Who Came to Dinner (2000)

An eccentric, cantankerous theatre critic gets stranded at the home of a Midwestern factory owner and turns the lives of everyone in the vicinity upside-down.

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Moss Hart (play), George S. Kaufman (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Lane ... Sheridan Whiteside
Jean Smart ... Lorraine Sheldon
Harriet Sansom Harris ... Maggie Cutler (as Harriet Harris)
Lewis J. Stadlen Lewis J. Stadlen ... Banjo
Hank Stratton ... Bert Jefferson
Byron Jennings ... Beverly Carlton
Linda Stephens Linda Stephens ... Mrs. Stanley
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Mr. Stanley
William Duell William Duell ... Dr. Bradley
Mary Catherine Wright Mary Catherine Wright ... Miss Preen
Stephen DeRosa ... Professor Metz
Ruby Holbrook Ruby Holbrook ... Harriet Stanley
Julie Boyd Julie Boyd ... Sarah
Jeff Hayenga Jeff Hayenga ... John (as Jeffrey Hayenga)
Mary Catherine Garrison ... June Stanley
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Storyline

Broadcast of a live performance of the Roundabout Theater Company's 2000 New York revival of the classic Kaufman-Hart comedy, about a famous (and famously acid-tongued) theater critic who is forced to stay in a Midwestern couple's home and the havoc that ensues. Written by Tommy Peter

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the cast members returned to The Roundabout Theatre for a One-Night-Only Reunion reading of the play on December 7, 2015. See more »

Quotes

Lorraine Sheldon: Don't argue with me, you French bitch!
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Version of The Man Who Came to Dinner (1947) See more »

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What Am I To Do
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Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Byron Jennings
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Scene stealing performance by Byron Jennings
5 August 2004 | by schwartznatashaSee all my reviews

I gave this DVD version of the play a 10 simply for the scene stealing performance by Byron Jennings. He is truly amazing as Beverley Carlton. This is not to be missed by anyone who appreciates uncommonly gifted acting.

Nathan Lane as Sheridan Whiteside is the perfect foil for him. His line about the Lindbergh baby is hilarious, and Byron Jennings' reaction is well in tune with Nathan Lane's humor. It's rare to watch actors who are so much in sync with each other. Too often a film or play will feature great talent playing opposite mediocre talent. Speaking of which, the actress who plays Sheridan Whiteside's secretary is not of their caliber and detracts from their performance.

The play's greatest weakness is that Mr. Jennings appears in just one scene.

Still, it's amazing enough to be worth the cost of purchase.

It's so unfortunate that American film and theater productions place greater value on perfectly photogenic looks, rather than exceptional talent. If only film and theater goers were able to recognize and value substance and depth of character, they would be able to look beyond the shallowness and one dimensional "acting" that is foisted on us.


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