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William Shakespeare (play)
Kenneth Branagh (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 May 1993 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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(573 articles)
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Shakespeare at his most exhilarating See more (156 total) »

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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 (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
The entire final scene showing the whole cast singing and dancing to "Hey Nonny Nonny" is a single shot.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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 66 people found the following review useful.
Shakespeare at his most exhilarating, 17 August 1999
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

Be honest: does the idea of a Shakespearean joke make your heart sink a little? Do you think of obscure, lowbrow Elizabethan humour that MAYBE someone was kind enough to explain in a footnote?

Certainly the comedies are harder to stage, but when they're well done ... One of the most exhilarating things about Shakespeare is the certain knowledge that no character will ever express himself poorly. Well, characters like Dogberry do, in a sort of a way, but that's deliberately done for comic effect and doesn't count. No character is ever thwarted by a lack of expressive power. Whenever Benedick must plead his case, you know that he will summon up all the eloquence he needs; and whenever Beatrice insults anyone, you know that she will summon up all the venom and wit SHE needs. In some ways it's easier to appreciate this in a comedy when the plot is, reduced to its essence, much ado about nothing.

No film director working today can approach Branagh when it comes to presenting Shakespeare cleanly and clearly, in a way that lets us participate in this verbal delight. This particular film is actually funny, as well as verbally delightful. It's also visually delightful - it has an attractive cast (Kate Beckinsale plays one of Shakespeare's ciphers but makes us understand why people fell in love with her), a sunny Tuscan landscape and a long tracking shot at the end that has to be seen to be believed. Performances are all good (other comments here have convinced me that even Keanu Reeves fits into his role). Comedy or not, this is the best Shakespeare film in years and is a candidate for being the best of all time.

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