In the Bleak Midwinter (A Midwinter's Tale)

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When his professional career hits a lull, an actor attempts to revitalize his career by staging a production of Hamlet, directed by and starring himself. Director and star Kenneth Branagh would in fact release his own film version of Shakespeare's classic play a year later, but this comedy provides his fictional counterpart with far less in terms of production value. Lacking money and time, he recruits a rather motley group of drunks, incompetents, and oddballs, including a middle-aged female impersonator in the crucial role of Queen Gertrude. Given only three weeks of rehearsal, and an abandoned church in a remote town in the English countryside, this unlikely group nevertheless struggles valiantly to make theatrical magic. The film attempts to pay loving tribute to the madness that surrounds the staging of a play, with all of the backstage dramas, inevitable disasters, and unexpected triumphs, but the end result is often less amusing than it ought to be. The film was released in the United States under the title A Midwinter's Tale. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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Cast

Michael Maloney
as Joe Harper (Hamlet)
Richard Briers
as Henry Wakefield (Claudius the Ghost and the Player
Mark Hadfield
as Vernon Spatch (Polonius Marcellus and First Gravedi
Nicholas Farrell
as Tom Newman (Laertes Fortinbras and messengers)
Gerard Horan
as Carnforth Grevilly
John Sessions
as Terry Du Bois (Queen Gertrude)
Joan Collins
as Margaretta D'Arcy
Jennifer Saunders
as Nancy Crawford
Julia Sawalha
as Nina Raymond (Ophelia)
Robert Hines
as Mortimer
Allie Byrne
as Tap Dancer
Brian Pettifer
as Ventriloquist
Patrick Doyle
as Scotsman
Shaun Prendergast
as Mule Train Man
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  • Sep 15, 2007
    I loved it. I wish he'd filmed a version of Hamlet with this cast using these sets, etc. I liked his version of Hamlet, but I would have loved to see this cast's take on the play.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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