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Director:
Writers:
William Shakespeare (play)
Kenneth Branagh (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 July 1993 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Truly Wonderful! A great movie! See more (157 total) »

Cast

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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
 
Stunts
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
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for momentary sensuality
Runtime:
111 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
First cinema film of Kate Beckinsale, who shot this film during her summer break from studying Russian and French at New College, Oxford.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Margaret turns and runs up the aisle twice after the wedding.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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Soundtrack:
Sigh No More LadiesSee more »

FAQ

Chapter Headings, a quasi-official version:
How can a black actor play Don Pedro?
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61 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Truly Wonderful! A great movie!, 9 November 2001

Brilliant! Kenneth Branagh's version of the timeless William Shakespeare classic is a great rendition of the film, making it accessible to everyone, even those who do not like Shakespeare.

Let me first say that I am a great fan of Shakespeare's works. In college I was an English literature major, with a minor in theater, and so Shakespeare is found in both. Theater people state that Shakespeare was never literature at all, which in the purpose of the plays is true, however because of the prose that he wrote in is a poetic form, he is literature as well. Whatever you do, never get in between two people arguing this point, your head might blow up!

Reading the comments on this page, the basic attack on this movie is that Branagh cuts lines and shaved parts. Yes, of course he did. Nothing is sacred, not even the works of Shakespeare, people. I myself was in a Shakespeare play, and over half the script was cut from it. With a Shakespeare play, the question is what to cut. If this play had been presented in it's entirety, it would have been close to five hours long. And today's movie audience just does not have that kind of patience. "Titanic" was stretching it a little, in terms of time. Shakespeare's original audience would have had no problem, because they made a day of it.

So when Branagh did this play, he had to shave off a great deal of the script, and he had to decide what to focus on. He had to focus on the main characters, being Beatrice and Benedict and their romance, and of course the drama concerning Hero and Claudio, but also keep other characters incorporated as well. For those attacking the "whittling down" of the script, why didn't anyone bring up the point that Benedict is supposed to have shaved his beard while in attempt to woo Beatrice. Why? Because it really isn't a major plot point that is needed at all. So Branagh made great choices in his direction of the film, and in the end he made sure that everything tied together logically, and that there were no loose ends.

The performances by the actors were great as well. There was nothing wrong with casting Denzel Washington as the prince, though people seem to have a beef with it. He pulled it off very well. And Keanu Reeves did a great job as well. It was a treat to see him as a villain. I happen to be a fan of Reeves, and I do see him as great casting, though why people also have a problem with him I'll never know. Branagh was going for acting ability, not just names. Reeves has the goods, and he can speak Shakespeare very well, it's his character that's supposed to be moody. And Keaton was a wonderful choice for the Constable, making me laugh whenever he was on the screen. And the other actors all did very well in their roles.

If you're a lover of Shakespeare or not, this film is a great treat, and it appeals to all audiences who love the classic masterpiece.

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