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A Midwinter's Tale

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In Kenneth Branagh's loving tribute to actors and the theater, a London actor named Joe (Michael Maloney) finds himself in a rut. His career is going nowhere, his life seems on hold, and he's beginning to lose touch with the reasons he became an actor in the first place. Faced with the prospect of spending a miserable Christmas season alone and unemployed, Joe has a flash of inspiration: He vows to produce, direct, and star in the production of HAMLET he's long dreamed about. Assembling a ragtag cast mostly made up of actors who also couldn't find work, Joe finds himself with only a few days to mount the greatest play in the English language in an empty church. Along the way, Joe and the cast rediscover the joy in performing live theater that is often lost in the cynicism of trying to forge a career. Now they have only one question: Will they be able to find an audience?
  • Credits
    Michael Maloney, Richard Briers, Joan Collins, Gerard Horan, Jennifer Saunders, John Sessions, Julia Sawalha
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[A] warmly comic tale....It's funny and touching to watch Branagh cheer these humble players..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Shot in black-and-white, the movie is trim and very neat..."
    USA Today

    "...Theater buffs and fans of English humor will eat up this modest helping of ham acting." -- Rating: B
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Bits of roughhewn comedy heaven..."
    Film Comment

    "...This is the kind of movie you can settle down with..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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