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Release Date:
8 February 1991 (USA) See more »
Two minor characters from the play, "Hamlet" stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Directed by
Tom Stoppard 
Writing credits
Tom Stoppard (written by)

William Shakespeare  play "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" (uncredited)
Tom Stoppard  play (uncredited)

Produced by
Emanuel Azenberg .... producer
Michael Brandman .... producer
Iris Merlis .... co-producer
Thomas J. Rizzo .... executive producer
Louise Stephens .... executive producer
Patrick Whitley .... co-producer
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
Cinematography by
Peter Biziou (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nicolas Gaster 
Casting by
Doreen Jones 
Production Design by
Vaughan Edwards 
Art Direction by
Ivo Husnjak 
Costume Design by
Andreane Neofitou 
Makeup Department
Ana Bulajic-Crcek .... assistant makeup artist
Maria Dziewulska .... makeup artist: Yugoslav crew
Magdalen Gaffney .... makeup artist
Susan V. Kalinowski .... hair stylist: Mr. Dreyfuss (as Susan Kalinowski)
Ivana Primorac .... makeup artist: Yugoslav crew
Stephen Rose .... hair stylist
Stephania Rosso .... hair stylist: Yugoslav crew
Production Management
Boris Dmitrovic .... production supervisor
Igor Nola .... unit manager: Yugoslav crew
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Zoran Blazevic .... assistant director: Yugoslavia
Zoran Budak .... first assistant director: Yugoslavia
Peter Cotton .... second assistant director
Dubravko Scherr .... second assistant director: Yugoslavia
Bill Westley .... first assistant director
Zoran Budak .... second unit director (uncredited)
Denis Cviticanin .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Vlado Buzolic .... draftsman: Yugoslavia
Joe Curtin .... construction manager
Nenad Drljaca .... swing gang: Yugoslavia
Patricia Johnson .... draughtsman
Sabri Lariani .... assistant construction manager
Marko Lasic .... prop buyer: Yugoslavia
Kreso Ljubic .... stagehand: Yugoslavia
Tomica Ljubic .... stagehand: Yugoslavia
Zeljko Luter .... prop buyer: Yugoslavia
Mladen Ozbolt .... set dresser: Yugoslavia
Nenad Pecur .... construction coordinator: Yugoslavia
Ivica Siprak .... propman: Yugoslavia
Boris Tadej .... propman: Yugoslavia
Ferid Terzic .... construction buyer: Yugoslavia
Zdravko Zorman .... swing gang: Yugoslavia
Sound Department
Michael A. Carter .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Dunford .... dialogue editor
Sarah Ellis .... assistant dialogue editor
Tomislav Fogec .... boom man: Yugoslav crew
Louis Kramer .... sound recordist
Jupiter Sen .... dubbing editor
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (as Otto R. Snel)
Kevin Tayler .... sound re-recording mixer
Bronwyn Wolfe .... assistant dubbing editor
Sandy Buchanan .... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ricky Farns .... special effects
Marijan Karoglan .... special effects: Yugoslav crew
David McCall .... special effects
Drago Poldrugac .... special effects assistant: Yugoslav crew
Visual Effects by
Djuro Roic .... puppet animator (uncredited)
Aldo Toncic .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Roderick Barron .... camera operator
Peter Bloor .... gaffer
Dean Brkic .... rigging electrician
Peter Casey .... generator operator
Adam Dale .... camera assistant
Branko Knez .... focus puller: Yugoslavia
Eddie Knight .... best boy
Rolf Konow .... still photographer
Drago Ljubic .... key grip: Yugoslavia
Colin Manning .... grip
Tihomir Marcius .... gaffer: Yugoslavia (as Tihomir Marcijus)
Tomislav Marcius .... grip: Yugoslavia (as Tomica Marcijus)
Josip Marsic .... electrician: Yugoslavia
Josip Matausic .... grip: Yugoslavia
Goran Mecava .... focus puller: Yugoslavia
Eamonn O'Keeffe .... focus puller (as Eamonn O' Keeffe)
Stuart Reid .... generator operator
Sasha Rendulic .... clapper loader: Yugoslavia (as Sasa Rendulic)
Mike Roberts .... camera operator
Ante Rozic .... clapper loader: Yugoslavia
Nenad Teresak .... best boy: Yugoslavia
Dubravko Topol .... electrician: Yugoslavia
Vlado Ceh .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tonka Duplancic .... wardrobe assistant: Yugoslavia
Drago Habazin .... wardrobe master: Yugoslavia
Yelena Mihalic .... costume supervisor: Yugoslavia
Helen Smith .... assistant to costume designer
Zeljko Zebec .... wardrobe master: Yugoslavia
Editorial Department
Marina Barac .... assistant editor: Yugoslavia
Simon Cowper .... assistant film editor
Charles Ireland .... assistant film editor
Dubravka Premar .... assistant editor: Yugoslavia
Anne Sopel .... first assistant film editor
Goranka Trgovec-Greif .... assistant editor: Yugoslavia
Music Department
Nick Glennie-Smith .... musician: synthesizers
Brian Gulland .... composer: additional music
Austin Ince .... music engineer
Graham Preskett .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Danijel Bjondic .... driver: Yugoslavia
Vedran Derek .... driver: Yugoslavia (as Vedran Djerek)
Goran Filipovic .... assistant transportation manager: Yugoslavia
Ante Gaspar .... driver: Yugoslavia
Miro Pogelsek .... driver: Yugoslavia
Mario Scherr .... transportation manager: Yugoslavia
Zdenko Sertic .... driver: Yugoslavia
Igor Sestric .... driver: Yugoslavia
Zeljko Stimac .... driver: Yugoslavia
Mladen Vragovic .... driver: Yugoslavia
Other crew
Zorislav Augustic .... production accountant: Yugoslavia
Zoran Blazevic .... location manager: Yugoslavia
Ivica Boban .... mime choreographer
Josip Boljkovac .... auditor: Yugoslavia
Zlatko Bourek .... puppet master
Marsha S. Brooks .... legal counsel for Michael Brandman and Emanuel Azenberg: Colton, Hartnick, Yamin and Sheresky
Antun Cackovic .... crowd marshall: Yugoslavia
Peter Cotton .... production consultant: London
Vicki Deason .... production coordinator: London (as Vicki Manning)
Scott Dewees .... production accountant: Los Angeles
Diana Dill .... script supervisor
Thomas R. Distler .... legal counsel for Michael Brandman and Emanuel Azenberg: Colton, Hartnick, Yamin and Sheresky
Tanja Dragojlov .... production secretary: Yugoslavia
Velinka Ficor .... production coordinator: Yugoslavia
Goran Filipovic .... production runner: Yugoslavia
Zeljko Hren .... caterer: Yugoslavia
Mark Kaplan .... production staff: Los Angeles
Sveto Madzarevic .... customs coordinator: Yugoslavia
Jacky Matthews .... assistant to director
Ross Patton .... production staff: Los Angeles
Nina Zeckovic .... production secretary: Yugoslavia
Denis Cviticanin .... stand-in (uncredited)
Mark Sheffield .... cutting room engineer (uncredited)
Howard Brownstein .... thanks
Peter Dally .... thanks
Jorge Gallegos .... thanks
Zdravko Mihalic .... thanks
Buckley Norris .... thanks
Peter Rawley .... thanks
Adrian Scrope .... thanks
Dean Stolber .... thanks

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117 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

This movie is based on the original Broadway production of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" by Tom Stoppard and opened on October 9, 1967 at the Alvin Theater, ran for 420 performances and won the 1968 Tony Award for Best Play.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Throughout the movie there are scenes where day suddenly changes to night and vice versa. This is a running gag of Tom Stoppard plays which often have "time jumps" written into the stage directions.See more »
[first lines]
[Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are riding horses down a path - they pause]
Rosencrantz:[to Guildenstern] Umm, uh...
[Guildenstern rides away, and Rosencrantz follows. Rosencrantz spots a gold coin on the ground]
Rosencrantz:[to horse] Whoa - whoa, whoa.
[Gets off horse and starts flipping the coin]
Rosencrantz:Hmmm. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads.
[Guildenstern grabs the coin, checks both sides, then tosses it back to Rosencrantz]
[Guildenstern pulls a coin out of his own pocket and flips it]
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42 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
A comedy... about tragedy, 4 February 2001
Author: NBulanski from Michigan

Imagine if you will, two talented actors. They are playing quite small roles... the smallest roles in the play so are given no form of direction or motivation for their parts. They are simply told they are "sent for". They are told they are "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern" but no one fully indicated to them which of them were which. No they are thrust bodily into the play itself (Hamlet) and stripped of all their memories of their life before... they have become the characters. They know their cues, instinctively know their lines, but no one bothered to tell them the plot of the play, leaving them to figure it out (or not) for themselves. Their only source of any kind of direction is a player (Dreyfuss) who gives them a rudimentary crash course on dying and tragedy itself ("Generally speaking, things have gone about as far as they can possibly go, when things have gotten about as bad as they can reasonably get.")... and ("We are tragedians. We follow directions. There is no choice involved.") This is Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. And it is the funniest intellectually stimulating comedy I've ever seen. Oldman and Roth deliver a wonderful performance, always desperately struggling "get it" but never quite fully understanding what's going on around them. Oldman's portrayal of the existentially distracted Rosencrantz... or is that Guildenstern... was brilliant! (G: Is that you? R: I don't know! G: (disgustedly) It's you.) Viewers who delighted in the "verbal tennis" match might also notice that this really goes on through out the movie. (Player: But why? R: Exactly! G: Exactly what? R: Exactly why. G: Why what? R: What? G: Why? Why what, exactly?) It's truly sad that this movie doesn't get the recognition that it deserves. See Hamlet... become familiar with the story line... and then see this movie. It is quite worth the effort. I give it a 10 out of 10.

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