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A filmed play of Christopher Plummer in his Tony Award winning performance as iconic stage and screen idol John Barrymore. At the height of his remarkable career, John Barrymore was the most celebrated entertainer of his generation. The reigning king of both Broadway and Hollywood, his decline and fall from grace was the tragic result of a self-destructive spiral into vice and excess. And now, with his career in tatters, he makes one final attempt to reclaim his former glory on the stage in this powerful, heartbreaking, humorous and compassionate portrait of a tortured soul and living legend.
Publisher: Chatsworth, Calif. : Distributed by RLJ Entertainment, 2013.
Edition: DVD edition Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: 791.4365 BARRYMORE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Mar 19, 2021

Brilliant actor in a brilliant part. He commands the stage in a virtuoso performance.

Feb 14, 2021

a formidable Christopher Plummer in a play utterly equal to his talent - may he rest in peace

Mar 19, 2016

This is a filmed version of Broafway play "Barrymore" directed by Erik Canuel, originally released as a motion picture in 2011.
"Barrymore" is a play by William Luce which depicts John Barrymore a few months before his death in 1942 as he is rehearsing a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph as Richard III.
Barrymore's attempted revival of his Richard III never actually took place, but it served as a dramatic framework for the actor to reminisce about various episodes in his life and about his career downslide due to alcoholism.
Though classified as a one-person play, the film actually makes frequent use of a second character, Frank the stage manager, who interacts with Barrymore over the theatre loudspeaker.
Although the director tries to refine the play in a film format, it doesn't seem to create more impressive effects.

Apr 18, 2015

How rare it is in film that one legendary stage and screen actor successfully portrays the life of another...and how appropriate that Barrymore was a phenomenal success on the stage before this movie was filmed.
John Barrymore, was arguably the greatest stage actor this country ever produced. His Richard III and Hamlet were certainly the greatest of his day, and classics for all time. Christopher Plummer perfectly captures his personality, pain and downfall in this great production. And, big surprise, both Plummer and Barrymore were from an age where stage and film actors enunciated their words so the audience was easily able to understand. Compare the way this great actor speaks with the (non) diction of millennials...

Dec 11, 2014

amazing performance.

Nov 28, 2013

Christopher Plummer is in fine form in his tour-de-force portrayal of John Barrymore rehearsing Richard III on stage for a comeback. The special feature Backstage with Barrymore is a delightful behind the scenes look at the play and the film.

Sep 07, 2013


Aug 13, 2013

I didn't care much about the character of Barrymore, but Plummer was excellent in this role.

Jun 10, 2013

WOW. Brilliant performance by such a brilliant actor.

May 28, 2013

Magnificent!!! Hilarious, highly enjoyable and also very moving. You get two brilliant actors at the same time: Christopher Plummer's masterful depiction of John Barrymore in his last days, and Plummer's Barrymore, too, reciting Shakespeare and decrying the burdens of being a Barrymore.

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