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Michael Hoffman's film adaptation of Shakespeare's magical comedy of a love-tangled quadrangle shimmers with sumptuous cinematography and a truly stellar cast that includes Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stanley Tucci, Rupert Everett, Calista Flockhart, and Sam Rockwell. Relocated from Athens to an Italian villa, the film follows the romantic misadventures of four would-be lovers; at the beginning of the film Helena loves Demetrius who loves Hermia who loves Lysander, but all of that undergoes a change when the four young people chase each other into the woods and wander into the domain of Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the Fairies), and the mischievous magic of Puck who possesses a flower that causes people to fall in love with the first person they encounter. Into the hilarity and confusion stumble a hapless band of laborers rehearsing a play for the Duke's wedding. One of the band, Nick Bottom, a humble weaver, is given the head of donkey and then, through the power of the flower, wins the lov...
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CastChristian Bale, Dominic West, David Strathairn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Bill Irwin, Sam Rockwell, Stanley Tucci, Anna Friel, Sophie Marceau, Kevin Kline, Roger Rees, Bernard Hill, Calista Flockhart
DirectorMichael Hoffman
Genre:  Comedy
Release Date:  May 14, 1999
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
DVD Release Date:  August 05, 2008
Runtime:  1hr 56min
Studio:  20th Century Fox
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review by . June 13, 2009
            Rotten Tomatoes: 68% Fresh    Tania's Score: Magical and brilliant adaptation!    Directed By: Micheal Hoffman  Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Calista Flockhart, Rupert Everett, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci as Puck.    Synopsis: Michael Hoffman's film adaptation of Shakespeare's magical comedy of a love-tangled quadrangle shimmers with sumptuous cinematography …
review by . September 28, 2008
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First, the stars. No, not the astrologer's stars, the movie stars, goofy! Some of those high priced people can act! Of course, I'm in luck in that I see so few Hollywood movies that I don't recognize them, so it's easy to suspend disbelief. The one I did recognize was Stanley Tucci, the star of Big Night. Tucci was spectacular in the role of Puck; he stole every scene he appeared in. That guy Kevin Kline did a similar heist on all his scenes; he made Bottom the prime character of the story, with …
review by . December 30, 2002
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Pros: just a little magic     Cons: n/a     The Bottom Line: = =     A little sex, a little love, all on a summer night            This updated version of Shakespears classic wasn’t as hard to swallow as I thought I would be. After my initial surprise that I enjoyed Kiss Me Kate so much, which was adapted from Taming of the Shrew, I figured this couldn’t be all that bad.       …
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