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Timon of Athens (1981)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 16 April 1981
Timon loves to give parties and objects to friends, but when he cannot pay his creditors, his "friends" refuse to help him, and he becomes a misanthropic hermit.

Director:

Jonathan Miller

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Fortune ... Poet
John Bird John Bird ... Painter
Tony Jay ... Merchant
David Kinsey David Kinsey ... Jeweller
Jonathan Pryce ... Timon
John Welsh ... Flavius
Sebastian Shaw ... Old Athenian
Max Arthur Max Arthur ... Lucilius
Norman Rodway ... Apemantus
Geoffrey Collins Geoffrey Collins ... Flaminius
Terence McGinity Terence McGinity ... Servilius
John Shrapnel ... Alcibiades
Hugh Thomas Hugh Thomas ... Lucius
James Cossins ... Lucullus
Donald Gee Donald Gee ... Ventidius
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Timon loves to give parties and objects to friends, but when he cannot pay his creditors, his "friends" refuse to help him, and he becomes a misanthropic hermit.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

16 April 1981 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Timon of Athens See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

For the scene when Timon loses his temper after the second banquet, Jonathan Pryce didn't know how he wanted to play the scene, so Jonathan Miller simply told him to improvise. This necessitated cameraman Jim Atkinson having to keep Pryce in shot without knowing beforehand where Pryce was going to go or what he was going to do. Only once, when Pryce seems as if he is about to bend over but then suddenly stops, did Atkinson lose Pryce from centre frame. See more »

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Version of Timon of Athens (2009) See more »

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Poor piece of Shakespeare
27 April 2014 | by connor_105See all my reviews

I know that Timon of Athens is not the best of Shakespeare plays, and I would rank it near the bottom of his list.

This version of Timon of Athens lacked many things; pace, energy and most of all Shakespearian techniques. There was a clear lack of orchestration from all members of the cast, the use of pause was found all over the place and the rhythm of the pentameter was non existent. I had hoped that this was to be a good piece of Shakespearian drama, especially having seen the cast list and yet I found it very disappointing and would not recommend to anyone, especially not fans of Shakespeare.


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