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Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  2 July 1993 (USA)
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Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.



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Young lovers Hero and Claudio are to be married in one week. To pass the time, they conspire with Don Pedro to set a "lover's trap" for Benedick, an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner. Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. In the end, though, it all turns out to be "much ado about nothing." Written by Liza Esser <essereli@student.msu.edu>

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Romance. Mischief. Seduction. Revenge. Remarkable.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for momentary sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 July 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mucho ruido y pocas nueces  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)


£4,139,294 (UK) (15 October 1993)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Phyllida Law (Ursula) is the mother of Emma Thompson (Beatrice). At the time that the film was made, she was the mother-in-law of Kenneth Branagh (Benedick). See more »


As the wedding party emerges from the front door in the final shot, the crane used to achieve the elevated view is briefly visible. See more »


[first lines]
Beatrice: Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more. Men were deceivers ever. One foot in sea and one on shore, to one thing constant never. Then sigh not so but let them go and be you blithe and bonny, converting all your sounds of woe into hey nonny nonny.
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I am quite confused about the reviews
10 September 2001 | by (North Carolina originally England) – See all my reviews

Personally I loved the movie, from the opening credits to the last brilliant tracking shot. What I do not understand is the dissing of Keanu Reeves' performance. I can just imagine Ken sitting around his kitchen table with his casting director saying "okay we have this brilliant ensemble cast, the movie is going to be great, what can we do to completely screw it up? I know let's cast Keanu Reeves as Don John and completely snarl up the whole thing" Personally I think Keanu made a great villain, and I trust Ken's ability in casting to choose the perfect actor for the part. I do not think that in reality that Ken would cast someone so hopelessly inept as others have posted in a part that is so essential to the plot. (and don't give me the star power excuse cause they already had Denzel Washington)..., I have always said that Shakespere done right is brilliant.. (done poorly it is pathetic) and this is Shakespere done right in the purest sense of the term. To listen to Ken and Em deliver Shakespere's lines is to listen to them as they would have been spoken and acted when they were written. It is a revelation and pure joy.

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