Playwright William Luce's biographical Broadway play Barrymore comes to the screen in this feature-film version that finds celebrated actor Christopher Plummer reprising his Tony Award-winning role as the legendary John Barrymore, who passionately endeavors to make a late-career comeback with a return to his astonishing performance in Richard III. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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I loved the acting and was fascinated by the story. There were many funny lines. The language was often profane and vulgar. This is not a film for children or teens. It was about John Barrymore and I thought when I rented it that it was about Lionel. I'm glad to have seen it. I don't know how faithful to history this film is. I can't comprehend how BlkBstr can give this film just 2 stars.
Back in the late 1990s, I was lucky to see Christopher Plummer give a live performance of "Barrymore." I loved it. What a treat it is to see it again on DVD, as revived in Toronto with a few tweaks here and there, plus comments from his fellow thespians. Plummer is a magnificent actor--can't see him too often, in my view.
Well, I really liked it, but I may be partial because I've studied and read about the Barrymore's and Christopher Plummer is a dandy actor. Also I played the part of John in a similar play called "Barrymore's Ghost". If you like stage and talent and an engrossing over the top character then rent and enjoy.