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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Leslie Phillips, Kate Burton, Gawn Grainger, Rhian Morgan
  • Directors: Anthony Hopkins
  • Writers: Anton Chekhov, Julian Mitchell
  • Producers: Pippa Cross, Janette Day, Guy East, Lars MacFarlane, Craig McNeil
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005E7SFF6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,533 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Set in 1890s North Wales over a long, hot August weekend, the Victorian calm of a household is suddenly upset with the arrival of a London couple who impose their city ways and thoughts on the more rurally based family. An adaptation of Anton Chekhov's play, "Uncle Vanya."

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This movie is as good as it gets.
R. B.
Every aspect of this film is perfect.
Hilary Bryant
Anthony Hopkins at his usual best!!
Kimberly Field

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 17, 2006
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Anton Chekhov's play 'Uncle Vanya' has been re-written and transplanted to turn of the century South Wales in this production, which is directed by Anthony Hopkins. For all of the many translations and rebirths of this 'comedy' by the great Chekhov, this one seems to work best. There really is very little linear storyline, but it is filled with the author's recurring themes of unfulfilled dreams, boredom, longing for an elusive future.

The plot (!) is really a discourse among the players: Ieuan Davies (Anthony Hopkins) is a bored older man who spends his days drinking and talking with his small family and servants on the country estate owned by Professor Alexander Blathwaite (Leslie Phillips) who comes for a stay with his beautiful wife Helen (Kate Burton) for whom Davies lusts and pines. A doctor (Gawn Grainger) visits, stirs discontent while mixing in family gossip and caring for the victim of a mine explosion. The bulk of the dialogue is centered on some fine expositions about women's rights, class inequality, and Davies' boredom with life, his aborted chances on having a significant life, and his longing for a future that seems as elusive as the summer breeze that fans the tea garden in this wistful, atmospheric setting.

To enjoy 'August' the viewer must be in the mood for conversation, wit, banter, and ensemble acting, and given those prerequisites, this film is a joy. Hopkins gives a magnificent performance, loathable and lovable, and the entire cast is so polished that the play becomes chamber music. Hopkins not only stars but also directs (not always successfully attending to the small details of action), and also provides the musical score - no mean feat! Not a film of action this, but rather a summer reverie piqued by subtle comedy. Grady Harp, February 06
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Hilary Bryant on March 22, 2001
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Sir Anthony gives this gift to the world. Every aspect of this film is perfect. Not just a couple of actors or a couple of scenes-- but in its entirety, this film is brilliant. I was completely bowled over. Hopkin's touch as a director is as a wizard-- it is a story that could have dragged out, been heavy and melodramatic. Hopkins releases the story from that with his instinctive ability to allow the story to unfold the way the sun first appears on the eastern horizon...lightly, quietly, softly leading up to the crescendo of full morning light. Yes. This movie is like watching a magnificent dawn. I watched it three times in a row and cried and laughed each time as if it were the first time through. My god. Hopkins, you are a gift to this plane of existence....thank you for sharing yourself with all of us!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Colvin on June 12, 2008
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I believe Hopkins even did the music on this one! Chekovs Uncle Vanya, transposed to turn-of-the-century North Wales, where the peace and tranquillity of a country house is disturbed by the arrival of the estates tyrannical owner and his American wife. Written by Jonathan Broxton {j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk}
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By Kimberly Field on February 24, 2014
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Beautiful setting, excellent actors, heartfelt story about aging, lost love, loyalty & family. Charming. Anthony Hopkins at his usual best!!
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This is probably fun for an Englishman, or a Welsh, but for me it was a bit tough to sit through. Anthony Hopkins is one of my favorites, and he was brilliant. The location was wonderful, but the story line got a bit tiresome after a bit. Maybe it was just me, but I couldn't recommend it or watch it again.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KerrLines on April 24, 2008
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"August" IS Anton Chekhov's Russian Classic "Uncle Vanya" set in Victorian Wales. If you like Chekhov's works you will more than likely enjoy this Hallmark production. I loathe Chekhov and I admit that I have no feeling for his writings or his characters having had to read his works and having seen his plays, AND (perhaps because I work FOR the rich and grow tired of their bitching about "How bored they are!")....so I admit I am biased. That said, at least this production set to film is allowed to breathe beyond the stuffy and dark drawing room of the stage versions, and we are treated to glimpses of the Welsh countryside and some daylight. The soundtrack, composed by Anthony Hopkins, who also directs and stars as "Uncle Ioean" also helps to somewhat lift the self-admitted boredom of the characters. If you enjoy characters who sit and moan about their lot in life as wealthy people, and love the words "tedious" and "boredom" over and over again from their lips, by all means have a go at "August."
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Terrific perfomances by Anthony Hopkins and Leslie Philips. Kate Burton's performance was good, as the femme fatale Helen, but wasn't quite up to the task. Had it been, this would have been a five-star movie. As it is, it was most enjoyable.
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I can't say this one is an all time great. However, watching Anthony Hopkins deliver lines is always amazing to me. How he gets that much dialogue down and delivers it seamlessly is a feat in itself!
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