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William Shakespeare (play)
Kenneth Branagh (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 July 1993 (USA) See more »
Romance. Mischief. Seduction. Revenge. Remarkable.
Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Kenneth Branagh 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play)

Kenneth Branagh (screenplay)

Produced by
Kenneth Branagh .... producer
Stephen Evans .... producer
David Parfitt .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Doyle 
Cinematography by
Roger Lanser 
Film Editing by
Andrew Marcus 
Casting by
Pam Dixon 
Production Design by
Tim Harvey 
Art Direction by
Martin Childs 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
Makeup Department
Paul Engelen .... makeup artist
Suzanne Stokes-Munton .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Mark Cooper .... production supervisor
Rosanna Roditi .... production manager: Italy
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Marcus .... second unit director
Justin Muller .... second assistant director
Christopher Newman .... assistant director
Carl Oprey .... assistant director
Art Department
Celia Bobak .... property buyer
Gavin Gordon .... carpenter
Diana Trotter .... artistic department translator
Sound Department
David Crozier .... production sound mixer
Lucy Fawcett .... foley artist
Pauline Griffiths .... foley artist
Gerry Nucifora .... sound assistant
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Sissons .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Nicholas Brooks .... visual effects
Paddy Eason .... digital effects designer
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: CFC
Michael Gaines .... stunt coordinator
Bronco McLoughlin .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
John Breedon .... second grip
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Stephen Finch .... electrician
Tommy Finch .... gaffer
Simon Finney .... clapper loader
Steve Kitchen .... electrician
Keith McNamara .... focus puller
Toby Plaskitt .... grip
Chris Plevin .... focus puller
Roger Sharland .... camera engineer
Andy Shuttleworth .... Steadicam operator
Jonathan Sykes .... focus puller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephanie Collie .... wardrobe assistant
Naomi Critcher .... wardrobe assistant
Jane Hamilton .... assistant costume designer
Stephen Miles .... assistant costume designer (as T. Stephen Miles)
Lisa Shanley .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Simon Cozens .... assistant editor
Michael Trent .... assistant editor
Mark Waddell .... color timer
Bob Wenokur .... studio post-production representative
Music Department
Gerard McCann .... music editor
Roy Prendergast .... supervising music editor
Transportation Department
Terry Pritchard .... driver: cast
Other crew
Liz Barron .... production accountant
Joyce Branagh .... unit runner
Paola Colpani .... account assistant
Hugh Cruttwell .... production consultant
Jonathan Evans .... unit runner
Giorgio Gallani .... location manager: Italy
Francesca Gentili .... account assistant
Russell Jackson .... text consultant (as Dr. Russell Jackson)
Giulia Maura .... production assistant
Annie Penn .... script supervisor (as Annie Wotton)
Iona Price .... production coordinator
Janet Rogers .... horse supplier
Paul Shersby .... location manager
Enzo Sisti .... fiscal representative: Italy
Sarah Valentine .... publicity and marketing assistant

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Rated PG-13 for momentary sensuality
111 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

A tricky sell to any studio, many felt that the reason the film got greenlit was not so much because of its director or all star cast but because Keanu Reeves has a nude scene within the first five minutes.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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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Pardon, Goddess of the Night See more »


Chapter Headings, a quasi-official version:
How can a black actor play Don Pedro?
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26 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Don John, 25 July 1999
Author: anonymous from USA

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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MIchael Keaton as Dogberry... hamlet_8505
Proof that Shakespeare needs to be dramatized and not read in a book appnzllr-1
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is this any good mike19064
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