August

Overview

Anthony Hopkins made his directorial debut with this adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, recasting the action in Hopkins' homeland of Wales. Ieuan Davies Anthony Hopkins has devoted most of his life to managing the estate of Professor Blathwaite Leslie Phillips; while he's generally been content with his lot in life, lately Ieuan feels he's thrown away his existence and wishes he'd done something with himself. The Professor spends only the summer at his estate, and brings along his second wife, Helen Kate ...
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Overview

Anthony Hopkins made his directorial debut with this adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, recasting the action in Hopkins' homeland of Wales. Ieuan Davies Anthony Hopkins has devoted most of his life to managing the estate of Professor Blathwaite Leslie Phillips; while he's generally been content with his lot in life, lately Ieuan feels he's thrown away his existence and wishes he'd done something with himself. The Professor spends only the summer at his estate, and brings along his second wife, Helen Kate Burton, whom Ieuan has long loved from afar; his frustrated love for her leads him to drink heavily and contemplate murder and suicide. Family friend Dr. Lloyd Gawn Grainger is also attracted to Helen, much to the dismay of Ieuan's niece, a plain woman in love with the good Doctor. In addition to directing and starring in August, Hopkins also composed the musical score.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Released a few years after Vanya on 42nd Street, August suffers mightily in comparison that far superior version of Uncle Vanya. But even on its own terms, August is at best a middling movie. Part of the problem is the screenplay; Julian Mitchell's stilted adaptation reduces Chekhov to bare bones, with the result that one of the classics of world theatre comes across as rather simple minded. A bigger problem, however, is Anthony Hopkins' direction. One of the screen's most gifted and powerful actors, he has no real point of view in his directing debut. Scenes meander without real purpose, beautiful images are captured to no effect, the camera is used to record rather than to observe, and while some of the performances have interesting individual moments, the members of the cast seem to be acting in different movies. Hopkins is much better as an actor than director; his performance does provide some glue to hold things together, and there are isolated wonderful moments. There are also, however, a number of over-the-top excesses that another director would not have allowed him. Kate Burton's icy, robotic performance is damaging, although one assumes the interpretation was guided by the director. August's attractive physical production is a plus, but overall the film is a disappointment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2011
  • UPC: 883904243953
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Source: Mgm Mod
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 46,764

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Ieuan Davies
Kate Burton Helen Blathwaite
Leslie Phillips Professor Alexander Blathwaite
Gawn Grainger Dr. Michael Lloyd
Rhian Morgan Sian Blathwaite
Hugh Lloyd Thomas (Pocky) Prosser
Beth Morris Church Woman
Rhoda Lewis Mair Davies
Susan Flynn Rhianon
Huw Garmon Dafydd Edwards
Rhys Ifans Griffiths
Ioan Meredith Quarry Foreman
Minstrel Dr Lloyd's Dog
Buddug Morgan Nesta
Victoria Pugh Housemaid
Hywel Richards Mr Jenkins
Morgan Ritchie Morgan Edwards
Terry Rowley Tom
Myfanwy Talog Church Woman
Dylan Thomas Groom
Jâms Thomas Quarryman
Simon Treves Quarryman
Menna Trussler Gwen
Technical Credits
Anthony Hopkins Director, Score Composer
Carolyn Bartlett Casting
Rudi Buckle Sound/Sound Designer
Wally Byatt Casting
Pippa Cross Producer
Janette Day Co-producer
Eileen Diss Production Designer
Guy East Executive Producer
Dany Everett Costumes/Costume Designer
Nick Heckstall-Smith Asst. Director
Edward Mansell Editor
Craig McNeil Producer
Julian Mitchell Screenwriter
Steve Morrison Executive Producer
Cheryl Nance Casting
Robin Vidgeon Cinematographer
June Wyndham-Davies Producer
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