November 15, 2012
Studio: Experience, Image Entertainment
Director: Erik Canuel
MPAA Rating: N/A
Starring: Christopher Plummer, John Plumpis
Copyright Holder: N/A
Official website: Barrymorethefilm.com
In 1997, William Luce’s play "Barrymore" premiered on Broadway in a celebrated production starring Plummer, who won the Tony for Best Actor in a Play for the role. For the film, Plummer recreated his performance for multiple high-definition cameras, filmed over seven days on location and on the stage at the Elgin Theater in Toronto. Set in 1942, follows acclaimed American actor John Barrymore, a member of one of Hollywood’s most well known multi-generational theatrical dynasties. No longer a leading box office star, the film finds Barrymore reckoning with the ravages of his life of excess. He has rented a grand, old theatre to rehearse for a backer’s audition to raise money for a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph in Richard III. It leads him to look back on the highs and lows of his stunning career and remarkable life.