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William Shakespeare (play)
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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 & 7 nominations See more »
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Truly Wonderful! A great movie! See more (165 total) »


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Directed by
Kenneth Branagh 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play)

Kenneth Branagh (adaptation for the screen)

Produced by
Kenneth Branagh .... producer
Stephen Evans .... producer
David Parfitt .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Doyle 
Cinematography by
Roger Lanser (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andrew Marcus 
Casting by
Pam Dixon (uncredited)
Production Design by
Tim Harvey 
Art Direction by
Martin Childs 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
Makeup Department
Kylie Clarke .... assistant hair dresser
Paul Engelen .... makeup supervisor
Geraldine Jones .... assistant hair dresser (as Gerry Jones)
Deborah Lanser .... makeup artist
Tracey Lee .... makeup artist
Suzanne Stokes-Munton .... hair dresser
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 .... first assistant director (as Chris Newman)
Carl Oprey .... co-second assistant director
Art Department
Brian Aldridge .... prop man
Mickey Bacon .... property master
Ken Barley .... charge hand plasterer
Les Beaver .... rigger
Celia Bobak .... property buyer
Mel Coleman .... plasterer (as Melvin Coleman)
John Cope .... standby stagehand
Michael Gardiner .... plasterer
Gavin Gordon .... carpenter
Michael Gunner .... charge hand painter
Danny Hunter .... standby prop man
Peter Mounsey .... standby painter
John Nethersole .... plasterers labourer
Ken Pattenden .... construction manager
John Perry .... carpenter
Gordon Routledge .... charge hand carpenter
Diana Trotter .... artistic department translator
Shaun Webb .... graphic designer
David Williamson .... standby carpenter
Sound Department
David Crozier .... production sound mixer
Lucy Fawcett .... foley artist
Pauline Griffiths .... foley artist
Mark Hadfield .... trumpet effects
Dominic Lester .... re-recording mixer
Gerry Nucifora .... sound assistant
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Sale .... assistant dialogue editor
Andrew Sissons .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Nicholas Brooks .... visual effects (uncredited)
Paddy Eason .... digital effects designer (uncredited)
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: CFC (uncredited)
Nicholas Hall .... fight director (as Nick Hall)
Jean-Paul Herrbuana .... double: Mr. Washington
Billy Horrigan .... stunt man
Bronco McLoughlin .... stunt coordinator
Michael Gaines .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Barry .... electrician
John Breedon .... second grip
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Paul Cronin .... best boy
Malcolm Evans .... electrician
Stephen Finch .... electrician
Tommy Finch .... gaffer
Simon Finney .... clapper loader
Steve Kitchen .... electrician
Keith McNamara .... second focus puller
Glen Parsons .... electrician
Toby Plaskitt .... grip
Chris Plevin .... focus puller
Roger Sharland .... camera engineer
Andy Shuttleworth .... Steadicam operator
Jonathan Sykes .... second focus puller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Coates .... costume maker
Stephanie Collie .... wardrobe assistant
Lorraine Cooksley .... costume maker
Naomi Critcher .... wardrobe assistant
Jennifer Graham .... costume maker
Jane Hamilton .... assistant costume designer
Stephen Miles .... assistant costume designer (as T. Stephen Miles)
Lisa Shanley .... wardrobe assistant
Cyril Streeter .... costume maker
Editorial Department
Campbell Askew .... dubbing editor
John Benn .... negative cutter
Simon Cozens .... first assistant editor
Patrick Doherty .... trainee editor: Jobfit
Robert Gavin .... dialogue editor
Ray Gibbard .... negative cutter
Colin Ives .... negative cutter
Kerry Kohler .... associate editor
Bill Trent .... dialogue editor
Michael Trent .... assistant dubbing editor
Mark Waddell .... grader
Bob Wenokur .... studio post-production representative (uncredited)
Location Management
Giorgio Gallani .... location manager: Italy
Paul Shersby .... location manager
Music Department
Lawrence Ashmore .... music orchestrator
John Bell .... additional orchestration
James Collins .... assistant music engineer
Tonia Davall .... music assembler
Chris Dibble .... music engineer
Gerard McCann .... preview music editor
Roy Prendergast .... music editor
Maggie Rodford .... music supervisor: Air-Edel Associates
David Snell .... music conductor
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Terry Atkins .... unit driver
Joe Ballerino .... unit driver
Mike Crawley .... unit driver
Robbie Doyle .... unit driver
Martin Porter .... unit driver
Terry Pritchard .... unit driver
Andy Soane .... unit driver
Other crew
Gordon Arnell .... unit publicist
Liz Barron .... production accountant
Francesca Benvenuti .... unit nurse
Joyce Branagh .... unit runner
Carl Burst .... groom
Paola Colpani .... account assistant
Hugh Cruttwell .... production consultant
Alessandro Dini .... unit doctor (as Dr. Alessandro Dini)
Jonathan Evans .... unit runner
Francesca Gentili .... account assistant
Stuart Hopps .... choreographer
Russell Jackson .... text consultant (as Dr. Russell Jackson)
Kate Matthews .... groom
Giulia Maura .... production assistant (as Guilia Maura)
Russell Pearson .... groom
Annie Penn .... script supervisor (as Annie Wotton)
Chris Pickles .... coordinator: London
Niccolo Porzio .... unit translator
Iona Price .... production coordinator
Janet Rogers .... chief groom
Denni Sayers .... assistant choreographer (as Deni Sayer)
Gabriella Scarpa .... assistant: Ms. Roditi
Enzo Sisti .... fiscal representative: Italy
Neris Thomas .... production secretary
Tamar Thomas .... assistant: Mr. Branagh
Peter Thompson .... press representative
Janet Rogers .... horse supplier (uncredited)
Sarah Valentine .... publicity and marketing assistant (uncredited)
Carla Bani .... special thanks
Martin Bruce-Clayton .... special thanks
Sammie Daniels .... special thanks
Sam Mughal .... special thanks
Gianni Nunziante .... special thanks
Tom Redfern .... special thanks
Guido Semplici .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for momentary sensuality
111 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dennis Pennis R.I.P. (1997) (V)See more »
Sigh No More LadiesSee more »


Chapter Headings, a quasi-official version:
How can a black actor play Don Pedro?
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68 out of 80 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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