The Three Sisters (1974)





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Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's three upper-class Prozorov sisters -- Masha, Olga, and Irina -- come no closer to their dream of returning to Moscow in director Laurence Olivier's 1970 film version of Three Sisters than they did in Chekhov's original 1900 play. This melancholy classic about shattered dreams, self-delusion, and compromise was directed by Olivier for Britain's National Theatre in 1967. The film, a literal record of Olivier's stage version, was produced in order to raise money for the ever-imperiled National. Olivier, who'd just recovered from a serious illness, plays the mischievous army doctor Chebutikin, while Olivier's wife, Joan Plowright, essays the major role of Masha, the snobbish general's daughter who tries to escape the stultifying banality of her provincial marriage by having an affair. Three Sisters was released in the U.S. in 1974 as part of the American Film Theatre series. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Louise Pumell
as Irina Prosorov
Derek Jacobi
as Andrei Prosorov
Harry Lomax
as Ferrapont
Frank Wylie
as Solloni
Alan Bates
as Vershinin
Richard Kay
as Fedotik
David Belcher
as Lt. Bode
George Selway
as Orderly
Daphne Heard
as Anfissa
Ronald Pickup
as Baron Tusenbach
Sheila Reid
as Natasha
Leonid Gallis
as Kulygin
Laurence Olivier
as Ivan Chebutikin
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Pity there aren't more adaptations of Chekhov' work, but this one is pretty decent. It's a kick to watch Laurence Olivier as doctor Chebutykin.

Manny Casillas
Manny Casillas

This was very boring. The play/book was much better.

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