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Format: DVD
Sku: 40156970
UPC: 026359178122
UPC 14: 00026359178122
Category Keywords: Cable Original  Death  Poetry
Rating: NR
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It appears to be a matter of life and death.
Vivian bearing is a disciplined english professor who finds her rational approach to live overturned when she is diagnosed with cancer. No longer a teacher, but a subject for others to study, vivian is about to discover a fine line between life and death that can only be walked with wit.

"One of the finest films...in recent years, on big screen or small.  People Magazine
"It reminded me just how strong movies can be.  Ebert & Roeper And The Movies
"Fractures the funny bone, then the heart. It triumphs on every level.  Los Angeles Times

Editor's Note
Margaret Edson's Pulitzer-winning script is faithfully adapted to the small screen by director Mike Nichols and star Emma Thompson in this HBO special. Thompson plays Vivian Bearing, a professor of 17th Century poetry specializing in "the Holy Sonnets of John Donne." The intellect is everything to Vivian--which is why, when she is diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer--"there is no stage five"--she agrees to undergo aggressive chemotherapy in the name of cancer research. "You must be very tough," her doctor tells her, and Vivian is nothing if not tough--a tough professor who is tough on her students. Yet as her treatment--and her cancer--progresses, Vivian finds that what she needs most isn't the cold rationality with which she's lived her whole life and which is amply evidenced by the hospital staff attending her, but the simple human kindness shown by her primary nurse and her former mentor. This beautiful meditation on death and humanity is shot in close-ups that linger on Emma Thompson's spare, emotionally naked performance. Nichols's sure-handed direction brings out both the script's own wit and its poignancy.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: HBO
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/1/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 99 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2001
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 91781
Video UPC UPC: 00026359178122
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Audra McDonald
Video Cast Info Christopher Lloyd
Video Cast Info Eileen Atkins
Video Cast Info Emma Thompson
Video Cast Info Margaret Edson - Based On Play By
Video Cast Info Mike Nichols - Director
Video Cast Info Seamus McGarvey - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Simon Bosanquet, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Mike Nichols - Writer
Video Cast Info Emma Thompson - Writer

Awards


Emmy (2001)
   Video Award Name Emma Thompson, Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie
   Video Award Name Audra McDonald, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...The Thompson-Nichols script is full of ironies and droll asides, delivered, of course, by an actress with few betters when it comes to delivering the gently mordant dialogue..." 09/14/2001 p.8E

EBERT AND ROEPER 0 of 10
One of the best 10 films of the year. Two Thumbs Up!

USA TODAY 0 of 10
"Four Stars! A movie to cherish."

PEOPLE 0 of 10
"One of the finest films in recent years, on big screen or small."

NEW YORK TIMES 0 of 10
"If you miss this, you miss a rare experience."

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Thompson,Emma
Product attributeLabel:   HBO Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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