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First theatrical film of Kate Beckinsale, who shot this film, during her summer break, from studying Russian and French at New College, Oxford, England.
The entire final scene, showing the whole cast singing and dancing to "Hey Nonny Nonny", is a single shot.
Like Much Ado About Nothing (1967), this film casts a real-life married couple in the leads. In the earlier, made-for-television film, it was Robert Stephens and Dame Maggie Smith. In this film, it is Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson. Both couples later divorced.
During the Oscar season in early 1994 the Samuel Goldwyn company spent ten million dollars campaigning the film to garner Oscar nominations. They sent bulky packets to all members of the Academy, and played up the film, in hopes of getting it 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.
Much of the singing was not re-recorded.
Keanu Reeves claimed in an interview on British radio, that during filming, Brian Blessed befriended him, and taught him how to meditate.
A tricky sell to any studio, many felt that the reason the film got green-lit, was not so much because of Kenneth Branagh, or all-star cast, but because Keanu Reeves has a shirtless scene early in the film.
Set in Messina, Sicily, but filmed in Chianti, Florence, Tuscany, Italy.
This is the first of Kenneth Branagh's Shakespearean films to have a pre-credits opening sequence. The only other such film is As You Like It (2006). The sequence is actually part of Scene I of the play.
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), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), and Imelda Staunton was Dolores Umbridge, also in "Phoenix".
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).
This is one of two 1993 films to star both Kenneth Branagh (Benedick) and Robert Sean Leonard (Claudio). The other is Swing Kids (1993).
Dame Judi Dench was offered the role of Ursula.
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Emma Thompson and Denzel Washington; and three Oscar nominees: Michael Keaton, Imelda Staunton, and Kenneth Branagh.
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The film marked the first screen kiss for Kate Beckinsale, when she locked lips with co-star Robert Sean Leonard.
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Kenneth Branagh: [Patrick Doyle] The frequent Branagh composer is cast as Balthasar.
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