2012 Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer recreates his Tony Award-winning role in the film adaptation of BARRYMORE, directed & adapted by Érik Canuel, which will be theatrically released jointly by BY Experience and Image Entertainment beginning today, November 15 in New York and Los Angeles. BARRYMORE is based on the play by William Luce.
BARRYMORE will open in New York at the Village East and Los Angeles at Sundance Sunset. Additional US showings will take place from mid-November through early 2013 in San Francisco; Seattle; Phoenix; Evanston, IL; Memphis; Minneapolis, MN; Madison, WI; Sedona, AZ; the Boston, Cleveland, Dallas and Philadelphia areas; and many others. For a full list of participating venues, ticket on-sale information, and to view the trailer, visit www.barrymorethefilm.com.
In 1997, Luce’s play BARRYMORE premiered on Broadway in a celebrated production starring Plummer, who won the Tony for Best Actor in a Play for the role. For the film, Plummer recreated his performance for multiple high-definition cameras, filmed over seven days on location and on the stage at the Elgin Theater in Toronto. The film premiered to acclaim at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2011.
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 Christopher Plummer in the tour de force film performance of his career. The film also features John Plumpis in the role of “Frank, the Prompter.”
BARRYMORE is presented by New York-based alternative content distributors BY Experience and Executive Producers Steve Kalafer and Peter LeDonne, in association with Image Entertainment. The 90-minute film is produced by Garth H. Drabinsky.