83 minutes – Stage performance, biography
Release date: May 23, 2012
A film adaptation of playwright William Luce’s “Barrymore” that depicts actor John Barrymore (Christopher Plummer) as he prepares for a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph in “Richard III.” The year is 1942 and Barrymore is far past his prime. It appears he has booked the theater simply to perform alone, while he drinks and reminisces about his family and the profession of acting. Meanwhile, a stage manager stands in the wings, prompting Barrymore with Shakespeare’s dialogue, but the actor appears to be otherwise distracted.
Barrymore, the play, opened at the Stratford Festival in 1996 before moving to Broadway, where Christopher Plummer won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor.