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August (1996)

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Distinguished actor Sir Anthony Hopkins makes his debut as a full-blown auteur, having directed, starred and composed the score with this version of Chekov's enduring Uncle Vanya. Hopkins sets his Vanya in his beloved Wales, but keeps the rest of the story, as adapted by Julian Mitchell, largely intact. Ieuan Davis has spent most of his wasted life managing the highly respected Professor Blathwaite's estate. Ieuan's brother-in-law, Blathwaite only comes for the summer and this year brings his second wife along, someone that both Iuean and the normally impeccably principled Dr. Lloyd find irresistibly attractive. Up until that summer, Ieuan had been content to remain in life's shadows, but recently has undergone a bit of a life crisis as he looks back upon his lack of achievement. The presence of the wife, Helen, brings his resentment of Blathwaite to a head and during Iuean's frequent bouts of drinking and angry exhortation and an almost-confession of love to Helen, he contemplates both murder and suicide. Meanwhile, his homely niece Gwen continues her secret yearning for the good-doctor while Blathwaite's slightly-addled, but ever-loyal butler dotes on his master and the portly cook bemusedly observes the chaos around her.

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Cast

Leslie Phillips
as Professor Blathwaite
Gawn Grainger
as Dr. Lloyd
Rhian Morgan
as Sian Blathwaite
Hugh Lloyd
as Thomas `Pocky' Prosser
Rhoda Lewis
as Mair Davies
Susan Flynn
as Rhianon
Huw Garmon
as Dafydd Edwards
Rhys Ifans
as Griffiths
Ioan Meredith
as Quarry Foreman
Minstrel
as Dr Lloyd's Dog
Victoria Pugh
as Housemaid
Hywel Richards
as Mr Jenkins
Morgan Ritchie
as Morgan Edwards
Myfanwy Talog
as Church Woman
Jâms Thomas
as Quarryman
Simon Treves
as Quarryman
Beth Morris
as Church Woman
Anthony Hopkins
as Ieuan Davies, Leuan
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