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The entire final scene showing the whole cast singing and dancing to "Hey Nonny Nonny" is a single shot.
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Like Much Ado About Nothing (1967), this film casts a real-life married couple in the leads. In the earlier, made-for-TV film, it was Robert Stephens and Maggie Smith. In this film, it is Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson. Both couples later divorced.
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First cinema film of Kate Beckinsale, who shot this film during her summer break from studying Russian and French at New College, Oxford.
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Much of the singing was not re-recorded.
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Three "Harry Potter" professors have roles in this movie. Kenneth Branagh was Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Emma Thompson was Sybil Trelawney in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), and Imelda Staunton was Dolores Umbridge, also in 'Phoenix'.
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During the Oscar season in early 1994 the Samuel Goldwyn company spent $10 million campaigning the film to garner the film Oscar nominations. They sent bulky packets to all members of the academy and played up the film in hopes of getting their film on the final ballot. The effort was all for naught; the film, though highly acclaimed and (unusually for William Shakespeare) a box-office hit, received no Oscar nominations whatsoever.
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Judi Dench was offered the role of Ursula.
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The first of Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare films to have a pre-credits opening sequence (the only other one, so far, is the 2006 "As You like It"). The sequence is actually part of Scene I of the play.
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Set in Messina (Sicily) but filmed in Chianti (Toscana, central Italy).
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Kenneth Branagh:  [Patrick Doyle]  The frequent Branagh composer is cast as Balthasar.
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