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Barrymore, set in 1942, follows acclaimed American actor John Barrymore, a member of one of Hollywood’s most well-known multi-generational theatrical dynasties.

No longer a leading box office star, the film finds Barrymore reckoning with the ravages of his life of excess. He has rented a grand, old theatre to rehearse for a backer’s audition to raise money for a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph in Richard III. It leads him to look back on the highs and lows of his stunning career and remarkable life. Directed, and adapted for the screen, by Érik Canuel (Bon Cop, Bad Cop), Barrymore stars Academy Award nominee Christopher Plummer (The  Sound of Music, 12 Monkeys, The Insider, A Beautiful Mind, Syriana, The Last Station, Beginners) in the tour de force film performance of his career. 

Backstage with Barrymore

Backstage with Barrymore is a documentary film about the re-creation of an incredible piece of theatre history. Our cameras were there from the very beginning of this wonderful journey; there as Luce, Saks and Plummer prepare Barrymore for the stage again; there as Loquasto and Katz make it all happen with designs, set models and stunning graphics. With complete access to the entire process and interviews with each and every one of the people responsible for this epic adventure in theatre and film, Backstage with Barrymore provides intimate and personal interaction with all those who contribute to both the stage production and the film version of Barrymore: The Legacy Performance.

And, with rare archival material from Christopher Plummer’s Broadway debut in Barrymore, stunning photographs from the production and even clips from some of John Barrymore’s classic films, this documentary will become the perfect addition to any film/stage lover’s library. And you’ll meet Plummer’s favorite leading ladies: Julie Andrews, Helen Mirren and Zoe Caldwell.


New York Observer

"Christopher Plummer really deserves a Best Actor Oscar for Barrymore… it’s the role—and the performance-- of a lifetime" - Rex Reed

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The New York Times

"A one man spectacle... From smile to sneer [Christopher Plummer] captures Barrymore’s majesty and grandiloquence, recites his triumphs and humiliations." - Manhola Dargis

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