A Midsummer Night's Dream


Based on the romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, by William Shakespeare.
Hermia and Lysander flee deep into an Italian forest to escape Hermia's father who wishes his daughter to marry Demetrius. Helena loves Demetrius and persuades him to follow the elopers so she can try her luck with him. The foursome find themselves caught in the woods and in the midst of a quarrel between the king and queen of the fairies.


116 minutes.
All ages .
Comedy, Romance

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Credits

Cast
Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett, Stanley Tucci, Calista Flockhart, Anna Friel
Director
Michael Hoffman
ScreenplayMichael Hoffman
MusicSimon Boswell
CinematographyOliver Stapleton
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SA distributor Ster-Kinekor Pictures
Made in1999
Produced byFox Searchlight Pictures, Panoramica, Regency Enterprises

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

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Ian Douglas
11
Cape Argus
Derek Wilson
10
Cape Argus
Adrian Monteath
5
The Cape Times
Jean-Pierre Rossouw
15
The Star
Janet Maslin
10
Rapport
Barrie Hough
16
SA City Life
10
TV3 Screenplay
Barry Ronge
14
SAfm Saturday Wired
Alan Swerdlow
10
eye Weekly
Malene Arpe
15
Box Office
Melissa Morrison
13
Rough Cut
Christopher Brandon
6
Total Film
Debi Cochrane
10
Film Review
Alan Jones
5

What the People say

Internet
807 Netizens
13

Average .. 54%

11

Visitor Ratings

Scale (Max)20
Bruce Humphrey 14
Kelly-Ann Peel 20

Average .. 85%

17

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: I think William may have been on drugs when he wrote this. Or else he was poking fun at something which the people of his era knew about and we don't. The best bit is the play-within-a-play rip-off of Romeo and Juliet at the end. The rest is pretty silly. And yeah, Calista does her Ally routine in Shakespearean language. Pout and all. Nice music though.

Mic Francis: Very good - it seems to have captured what Shakespeare may have had in mind when he wrote it - maybe he wrote the play under duress, so churned out a 'receipe', and showed how silly the play-commander was? Kept the beautiful language, though.

Bruce Humphrey: Enchanting scenery with many well-known actors. It helps a lot if you know the convoluted story by the Bard in advance.






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