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Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's three upper-class Prozorov sisters -- Masha, Olga, and Irina -- come no closer to their dream of returning to Moscow in director Laurence Olivier's 1970 film version of Three Sisters than they did in Chekhov's original 1900 play. This melancholy classic about shattered dreams, self-delusion, and compromise was directed by Olivier for Britain's National Theatre in 1967. The film, a literal record of Olivier's stage version, was produced in order to raise money for the ever-imperiled National. Olivier, who'd just recovered from a serious illness, plays the mischievous army doctor Chebutikin, while Olivier's wife, Joan Plowright, essays the major role of Masha, the snobbish general's daughter who tries to escape the stultifying banality of her provincial marriage by having an affair. Three Sisters was released in the U.S. in 1974 as part of the American Film Theatre series. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Jeanne Watts
as Olga
Joan Plowright
as Masha
Derek Jacobi
as Andrei Prosorov
Harry Lomax
as Ferrapont
Frank Wylie
as Solloni
Alan Bates
as Vershinin
David Belcher
as Lt. Bode
Ronald Pickup
as Baron Tusenbach
David Munro
Laurence Olivier
as Ivan Chebutikin
Robert Walker, Jr.
as Officer
Leonid Gallis
as Kulygin
George Selway
as Orderly
Sheila Reid
as Natasha

Crew

Laurence Olivier
Director
John Sichel
Director
Ely Landau
Producer
Timothy Burrill
Producer
Laurence Olivier
Producer
James C. Katz
Producer
John Goldstone
Producer
Moura Budberg
Screenwriter
Anton Chekhov
Play Author
Geoffrey Unsworth
Cinematographer
William Walton
Composer (Music Score)
Marc Wilkinson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Harris
Editor
Bill Hutchinson
Art Director
Simon Relph
Associate Producer
Timothy Burrill
Associate Producer
Beatrice Dawson
Costume Designer
Phil Leakey
Makeup
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