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Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2 July 1993 (USA)
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. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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2 July 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mucho ruido y pocas nueces  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,551,000 (USA)
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Kenneth Branagh: [Patrick Doyle] The frequent Branagh composer is cast as Balthasar. See more »

Goofs

It might be thought that the accordion at the masquerade ball is an anachronism, as they were not invented until 1822. However, the film updates the setting of the play to the early nineteenth century, thereby making the accordion's presence plausible. See more »

Quotes

[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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Version of Much Ado About Nothing (1937) See more »

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Pardon, Goddess of the Night
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Written by William Shakespeare
Performed by Patrick Doyle
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Don John
25 July 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Shakespeare intentionally created Don John, a villain with no cause and out of place, for the sole purpose of having a villain in advancing the story. Don John is supposed to be WOODEN , rotten to the core for no reason. Keanu Reeves actually played the role very well. I don't see how otherwise Don John could be portrayed. The movie is a fine piece, I particularly like the line "If I were a man" by Beatrice. I think Beatrice is one of the strongest heroines in Shakespeare's plays.


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