The 83-minute Barrymore
brings Christopher Plummer's one-man stage performance as ill-fated actor John Barrymore to movie screens. According to many who saw the original theatrical production, it couldn't be faulted -- in addition to a critically lauded evocation that won Plummer a Tony and a fine, literate text by William Luce, it boasted direction by the great Gene Saks (The Odd Couple
) and sets by Santo Loquasto, longtime production designer for Woody Allen. That combination of talent made the play enormously successful -- it premiered in 1996 and ran for more than 15 years, with Plummer tackling the role into his early eighties.