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Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996)

Shakespeare's comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves.

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Brother and sister Viola and Sebastian, who are not only very close but look a great deal alike, are in a shipwreck, and both think the other dead. When she lands in a foreign country, Viola dresses as her brother and adopts the name Cesario, becoming a trusted friend and confidante to the Count Orsino. Orsino is madly in love with the lady Olivia, who is in mourning due to her brother's recent death, which she uses as an excuse to avoid seeing the count, whom she does not love. He sends Cesario to do his wooing, and Olivia falls in love with the disguised maiden. Things get more complicated in this bittersweet Shakespeare comedy when a moronic nobleman, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and a self-important servant, Malvolio, get caught up in the schemes of Olivia's uncle, the obese, alcoholic Sir Toby, who leads each to believe Olivia loves him. As well, Sebastian surfaces in the area, and of course there is Feste, the wise fool, around to keep everything in perspective and to marvel, like we ... Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$33,451 (USA) (25 October 1996)

Gross:

$551,545 (USA) (20 December 1996)
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Ben Kingsley; and three Oscar nominees: Nigel Hawthorne, Helena Bonham Carter and Imelda Staunton. See more »

Goofs

Feste's guitar playing for Cesario (Viola) and Orsino does not match up with the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

Olivia: Alas, poor fool, how have they baffled thee!
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Version of Macbeth (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Heigh-Ho, The Wind and the Rain
Music by Shaun Davey
Words by William Shakespeare
Sung by Ben Kingsley
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25 September 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is, quite simply, the best production of a Shakespeare comedy ever filmed. The plot is delightfully absurd, the acting brilliant, the direction superb. It is the sort of comedy you can watch over and over again.


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