The Cherry Orchard (2000)

The Cherry Orchard



Critic Consensus: This adaptation of The Cherry Orchard is too tedious to hold interest.

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Renowned Greek filmmaker Michael Cacoyannis wrote and directed this adaptation of the classic final drama by playwright Anton Chekhov, set in 1900. Lyubov Ranevskaya (Charlotte Rampling) left Russia to escape troubling memories of the death of her son. Now her family is riddled with debt and Lyubov and her teenaged daughter Anya (Tushka Bergen) have come home to the family estate, looking for a way to pay their bills. Much to their dismay, the Ranevskayas are forced to sell their land to … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Mihalis Kakogiannis, Anton Chekhov
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On DVD: Feb 25, 2003
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as Lyuba Ranevsky

as Leonid Gaev

as Varya Ranevsky

as Yermolay Lopakhin

as Anya Ranevsky

as Dunyasha

as Peter Trofimov
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Critic Reviews for The Cherry Orchard

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (13)

In capturing the understated comedic agony of an ever-ruminating, genteel yet decadent aristocracy that can no longer pay its bills, the film could just as well be addressing the turn of the 20th century into the 21st.

Full Review… | February 24, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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While Cacoyannis' film may not be totally faithful to the master's pen, for literature students and theater lovers, this Cherry Orchard is a rare treat.

Full Review… | September 13, 2002
Miami Herald
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Ms. Rampling, still beautiful well into her 50s, has an earth-bound weariness and lively spirit that convey a life fully and tragically lived.

Full Review… | June 20, 2002
Dallas Morning News
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Cacoyannis is perhaps too effective in creating an atmosphere of dust-caked stagnation and labored gentility.

Full Review… | May 31, 2002
Boston Globe
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Drags along in a dazed and enervated, drenched-in-the- past numbness.

Full Review… | April 26, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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Scrupulously acted (in English), visually perfected and skillfully complemented with Tchaikovsky piano music.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for The Cherry Orchard

Charlotte Rampling is a wonderful actress and Alan Bates was a great actor but this adaptation of Chekhov moves at a crawl and just isn't compelling.

jay nixon

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Gerry plays such a silly part and I don't think I enjoyed this movie as much as I thought I would. Would I see it again? Not too sure.

Joanna Peters

Take my favorite author (Chekhov) and my favorite play (Cherry Orchard) and one of my favorite actresses (Rampling) and ruin the whole thing by missing Chekhov's humor. Such a shame.

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