After their production "Princess Ida" meets with less-than-stunning reviews, the relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan is strained to breaking. Their friends and associates attempt to get the two to work together again, which opens the way to "The Mikado," one of the duo's greatest successes.
|Release Date||:||September 3, 1999|
|Genres||:||Comedy, Drama, Music|
|Production Company||:||Newmarket Capital Group, Goldwyn Films, The Greenlight Fund, Thin Man Films|
|Production Countries||:||United Kingdom, United States of America|
|Casts||:||Allan Corduner, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall, Dexter Fletcher, Shirley Henderson, Lesley Manville, Ron Cook, Andy Serkis, Wendy Nottingham, Kevin McKidd, Martin Savage, Vincent Franklin, Nicholas Woodeson, Eleanor David, Sam Kelly, Alison Steadman, Kenneth Hadley, Sukie Smith, Jonathan Aris, Charles Simon, Francis Lee, Katrin Cartlidge, Julia Rayner, Dorothy Atkinson, Theresa Watson, Lavinia Bertram, Eve Pearce, Togo Igawa, Naoko Mori, Michael Simkins, Cathy Sara, Angela Curran, Mia Soteriou, Julian Bleach, Neil Salvage, Brid Brennan, Ashley Jensen, Richard Coyle, Kacey Ainsworth, Debbie Chazen, Rosie Cavaliero, Monica Dolan, Mark Benton, Steve Speirs, Mary Roscoe|
|Plot Keywords||:||prostitute, musical, biography, telephone call, cigar smoking, drink, gilbert and sullivan, gilbert and sullivan's princess ida, piano duet, lyricist, exhibition|
This period film is unique in that the writer/director chose not to invent some contrived plot to push the movie along. It is as if we are simply witness at crucial points during normal goings on in the lives of Gilbert and Sullivan during the late 1800's. I found it fascinating and was not aware of the length (almost 3 hours) during the picture.
If you have ever been in a musical, have a love of theater, or have any interest in the 1800's, you must see this film. From the superb acting, to the set design (amazing accuracy), to the technique - this film is a gem to behold.