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Barrymore (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 August 2012 (Australia)
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As John Barrymore reckons with the ravages of his life of excess, he rents an old theatre to rehearse for a backer's audition to raise money for a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph in Richard III.

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Erik Canuel

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Erik Canuel (screen adaptation), William Luce (originally written for the stage by)
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Christopher Plummer ... John Barrymore
John Plumpis ... Frank, The Prompter
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As John Barrymore reckons with the ravages of his life of excess, he rents an old theatre to rehearse for a backer's audition to raise money for a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph in Richard III.

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

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25 August 2012 (Australia) See more »

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CAD 3,000,000 (estimated)
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John Barrymore: I don't have to tell you that divorces are more expensive than marriages. But, goddammit, they're worth it!
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References Mighty Joe Young (1949) See more »

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Maestro
Composed by Craig Braginsky
Performed by Craig Wilde (Braginsky)
EU Edition only Courtesy BMP Records
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Not for everyone, but great for others.
8 June 2012 | by onumbersixSee all my reviews

Christopher Plummer, what a great actor, he is known mainly to the world as Capt. Von Trapp in the Sound of music. It seems as though he has heightened his acting skills on film since he has reached his early eighties, with a 2011 Oscar for Beginnings and his touching role in Millennium, among others. This filmed One man show gives him the opportunity to show us the scope of his titanesque talent. His subject: John Barrymore, from a family dynasty (his parents, his brother Lionel and his sister Ethel) that marked the classical theatre and cinema of the late 19th century through to today, with grand- daughter Drew. Plummer takes us along the route this person who tasted inaccessible glories and a proportionate decline. This is theatre on film. Definitely not for everyone. Excellent on the other hand, for those who have some knowledge of classical Shakespearian theatre and the golden age of American cinema.


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