• The Cherry Orchard (1999)

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Release Date: February 22nd, 2002

DVD Release Date: February 25th, 2003

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 21 min

Plot Summary
Set in Russia at the turn of the century, "The Cherry Orchard" chronicles a noblewoman's return to her family estate after a five-year absence to escape troubling memories her son's death. Lyubov Ranevskaya (Charlotte Rampling) arrives home to find the cherry orchard in full bloom, but the finances of the estate on the verge of ruin. Lyubov and her brother, Gaev (Alan Bates), find themselves scrambling to retain a vision of gentility amidst a climate of huge social and economic transition.

Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates, Katrin Cartlidge, Owen Teale, Frances de la Tour, Michael Gough, Tushka Bergen, Xander Berkeley

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Onassis Foundation, Melanda Film Productions

Distributors: Kino Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • There are affecting scenes, and not all of Cacoyannis' additions to the Chekhov text detract from the effect of its moving brilliance. show more

  • Any Chekhov is better than no Chekhov, but it would be a shame if this was your introduction to one of the greatest plays of the last 100 years. show more

  • While Cacoyannis' film may not be totally faithful to the master's pen, for literature students and theater lovers, this Cherry Orchard is a rare treat. show more

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