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Truly great movie

by Jacwyman@aol.com on 9/26/2002

Excellent acting by Thompson, great sets and editing. Handles a most difficult subject with great care. Read More

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on 2/24/2005

bought this because I enjoy Emma Thompson's performances. Did not expect the quiet power of the scrip/message. I will be passing this one around but with a warning that Ms Thompson and Mr Nichols have a "bite" and you had better have Kleenex and joy in your heart. Both my husband and I were in tears! Truly excellent piece!!! Read More

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Product Overview

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.

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Studio HBO
SKU 40156970
UPC 026359178122
UPC 14 00026359178122
Format DVD
Rating NR
Keywords
Cable Original
Death
Poetry
Editors Note
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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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
Directors
Mike Nichols
Actors
Eileen Atkins
Emma Thompson
Christopher Lloyd
Cast & Crew
Audra McDonald - Actor
Christopher Lloyd - Actor
Eileen Atkins - Actor
Emma Thompson - Actor
Margaret Edson - Based On Play By
Mike Nichols - Director
Seamus McGarvey - Director of Photography
Simon Bosanquet, et al. - Producer
Mike Nichols - Writer
Emma Thompson - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
Catalog ID 91781
UPC 00026359178122
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Awards
Emmy (2001) Emma Thompson, Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie,Audra McDonald, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie
Reviews
ReviewSource EBERT AND ROEPER
Review One of the best 10 films of the year. Two Thumbs Up!
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Review "Four Stars! A movie to cherish."
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ReviewSource PEOPLE
Review "One of the finest films in recent years, on big screen or small."
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ReviewSource NEW YORK TIMES
Review "If you miss this, you miss a rare experience."
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Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Thompson,Emma
Label HBO Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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People Magazine One of the finest films...in recent years, on big screen or small.
Ebert & Roeper And The Movies It reminded me just how strong movies can be.
Los Angeles Times Fractures the funny bone, then the heart. It triumphs on every level.

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