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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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Never send a boy to do a man's job, especially if he's a girl. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$551,545 (USA) (20 December 1996)
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In the mid 1950s, director Joseph L. Mankiewicz tried to set up a version with Audrey Hepburn and Danny Kaye, but it failed to materialise. See more »

Goofs

During one of the final scenes, when Malvolio reenters, it can be seen that his left shoe is missing. However, as he is walking up the stairs, you can clearly hear both heels clicking on the steps. See more »

Quotes

Malvolio: Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
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Version of Wat u maar wilt (1970) See more »

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O Mistress Mine
Music by Shaun Davey
Words by William Shakespeare
Sung by Ben Kingsley
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Entertaining Film
7 March 2001 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Slick Shakespeare adaptation, well acted and very humorous (in parts) in its telling. Naturally, there's always going to be some differences from stage to cinema. The film took advantage of this, of course, to avoid a "stage" feel. The perceptions, or rather the misperceptions, of people and motivations are well explored and portrayed. Ben Kingsley is a standout, for his interesting twist on the character Feste. In short, a good adaptation and film. Recommended.


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