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Christopher Plummer portrays film titan John Barrymore

8 pm Friday, Jan. 31, on WILL-TV's Great Performances

Christopher Plummer as John Barrymore

Christopher Plummer as John Barrymore

In Barrymore, 83-year-old stage and screen legend Christopher Plummer portrays another titan of theater and film from an earlier age, the illustrious — and notorious — John Barrymore. This acclaimed film adaptation of William Luce’s 1997 play is set in 1942 during the final months of Barrymore’s life. On the stage of a Broadway theater, the famously combative star struggles to recreate his performance in Shakespeare’s Richard III, recalling the highs and lows of his remarkable life and career in the process.

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