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The Man Who Came to Dinner (2000)

An eccentric, cantankerous theatre critic gets stranded at the home of a Midwestern factory owner and turns the lives of everyone in the vicinity upside-down.

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Moss Hart (play), George S. Kaufman (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Lane ... Sheridan Whiteside
Jean Smart ... Lorraine Sheldon
Harriet Sansom Harris ... Maggie Cutler (as Harriet Harris)
Lewis J. Stadlen ... Banjo
Hank Stratton ... Bert Jefferson
Byron Jennings ... Beverly Carlton
Linda Stephens Linda Stephens ... Mrs. Stanley
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Mr. Stanley
William Duell William Duell ... Dr. Bradley
Mary Catherine Wright Mary Catherine Wright ... Miss Preen
Stephen DeRosa ... Professor Metz
Ruby Holbrook Ruby Holbrook ... Harriet Stanley
Julie Boyd Julie Boyd ... Sarah
Jeff Hayenga Jeff Hayenga ... John (as Jeffrey Hayenga)
Mary Catherine Garrison ... June Stanley
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Storyline

Broadcast of a live performance of the Roundabout Theater Company's 2000 New York revival of the classic Kaufman-Hart comedy, about a famous (and famously acid-tongued) theater critic who is forced to stay in a Midwestern couple's home and the havoc that ensues. Written by Tommy Peter

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the cast members returned to The Roundabout Theatre for a One-Night-Only Reunion reading of the play on December 7, 2015. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Stanley: [entering and pointing to the sarcophagus in his living room] Five minutes, Mr. Whiteside! Including that!
Lorraine Sheldon: What was all that about? Who is that man?
Sheridan Whiteside: He announces the time every few minutes. I pay him a small sum.
Lorraine Sheldon: But what on earth for, Sherry?
Sheridan Whiteside: I lost my watch!
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Version of The Man Who Came to Dinner (1972) See more »

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What Am I To Do
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Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Byron Jennings
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Good entertainment, but a bit forced
2 August 2007 | by BruceUllmSee all my reviews

I enjoyed the taped stage play setting and all of the characters were immediately familiar to me, having just viewed the 1942 version. I rarely miss anything that Nathan Lane does and thought him perfect casting as Sheridan Whiteside.

However...it all seemed a bit forced to me. Lane's delivery was good and his mugging very funny, but he was working all the time. It just didn't seem to come naturally. The "Banjo" character was just an impersonation of Durante and an average one at that. As with the '42 film, I feel this character was superfluous.

The overall impression for me was one of a very good amateur company doing their very best to put on a show. I never forgot it was a play, whereas in the '42 version, I got more involved in the story.

As for the inter-act comments from the host and hostess, I skipped those immediately (so grateful for DVD technology!). The newsreel footage and swing music were delightful between the acts, though.


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