• Released
  • February 22, 2002
  • 2 hr 21 min
  • Drama
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The Cherry Orchard Synopsis
A family of Russian aristocrats finds that their privileged world has changed forever.

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
It's naturalistic, briskly paced and never overreverential. It's not a bit stagy, yet it manages to be dazzling theater.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
An exquisite performance by Charlotte Rampling, whose work as Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya, the matriarch of the great estate the cherry...
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L.A. Weekly

Cacoyannis lays on the atmosphere a bit thick with multiple repetitions of a lyrical Tchaikovsky motif underscoring unrequited love, one...
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Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
While Cacoyannis' film may not be totally faithful to the master's pen, for literature students and theater lovers, this Cherry Orchard is...
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Boston Globe

As Ranevskaya, the film's focal point and one of its only sources of vitality, Rampling is an enigmatic treasure.
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New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
There are affecting scenes, and not all of Cacoyannis' additions to the Chekhov text detract from the effect of its moving brilliance.
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Chicago Tribune

By John Petrakis
Any Chekhov is better than no Chekhov, but it would be a shame if this was your introduction to one of the greatest plays of the last 100...
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
As thrilling as they can be on stage, Chekhov's plays have never been the stuff of great movies -- there's simply nothing cinematic about...
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The film medium allows us to witness a most ravishing cherry orchard. But the grand cast is given to emoting as if they were playing to the...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Alan Bates and Charlotte Rampling are the brave stars of this pretty but sterile adaptation of the Anton Chekhov stage classic.
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