Don’t miss Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) in his most astonishing performance ever! This captured-live stage production of the Tony Award-winning play Barrymore can now be experienced in stunning High Definition!
"It's the role of a lifetime, and Plummer plays every color, nuance, mood and variety of vocal power in his enormous range. The artistry leaves you with your mouth wide open." - Rex Reed, New York Observer
"It's undeniably a delicious turn: one legendary actor playing another while spitting out delicious bons mots." - David Fear, Time Out New York
"Riveting ... blessed with a script that is witty, insightful to the workings of the narcissistic Hollywood psyche, and often wonderfully bitchy." - Eric Canuel, Village Voice
Barrymore is an unforgettable portrayal of legendary actor John Barrymore, a man of colossal talent and contradictions and one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of all time. Set in 1942, the final year of John Barrymore's life, Barrymore takes place on the stage of a Broadway theatre, where the actor is struggling to recreate his performance in the title role of Shakespeare's Richard III. It leads him to look back on the highs and lows of his stunning career and remarkable life. Directed, and adapted for the screen, by Genie Award® winner Erik Canuel, with scintillating wit, humor, irreverence and poignancy, Barrymore stars Christopher Plummer in the tour de force performance of his career, a role for which he won the Tony Award for Best Actor.
This presentation of Barrymore also includes a special bonus feature: Backstage with Barrymore, a never-before-seen “making of” documentary featuring Helen Mirren, Julie Andrews, and Zoe Caldwell.
(Barrymore running time: 84 min.; Backstage with Barrymore running time: 45 min.; Total program running time: 129 min.) HD Digital Presentation