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William Shakespeare (by)
Trevor Nunn (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 October 1996 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Before Priscilla crossed the desert, Wong Foo met Julie Newmar, and the Birdcage was unlocked, there was... See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Directed by
Trevor Nunn 
 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (by)

Trevor Nunn (screenplay)

Produced by
Christopher Ball .... executive producer: Newmarket Capital Group LP
Mark Cooper .... line producer
Simon Curtis .... executive producer: BBC Films
Stephen Evans .... producer
David Garrett .... executive producer: Summit Entertainment N.Y.
Bob Hayward .... executive producer: Summit Entertainment N.Y.
Ileen Maisel .... executive producer
David Parfitt .... producer
Greg Smith .... executive producer
William Tyrer .... executive producer: Newmarket Capital Group LP
Ruth Vitale .... executive producer
Patrick Wachsberger .... executive producer: Summit Entertainment N.Y.
Jonathan Weisgal .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Shaun Davey 
 
Cinematography by
Clive Tickner 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Boyle 
 
Casting by
Carl Proctor 
 
Production Design by
Sophie Becher 
 
Art Direction by
Ricky Eyres (supervising art director)
David Hindle 
 
Set Decoration by
Marianne Ford 
 
Costume Design by
John Bright 
 
Makeup Department
Christine Beveridge .... hair designer
Christine Beveridge .... hair stylist
Christine Beveridge .... key makeup artist
Eithne Fennel .... key hair stylist
Helen Johnson .... makeup artist
Barbara Taylor .... hair stylist
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou .... hair stylist
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Johnny Bamford .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Oscar Beuselinck .... second assistant director: second unit
William Booker .... assistant director
Emma Griffiths .... assistant director
Emma Pounds .... assistant director
Guy Travers .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Lee Betis .... painter (as Lee Betts)
Bobby Betts .... stand-by painter
Mark Brady .... stand-by carpenter
Anthony Caccavale .... painter
Julia Castle .... art department assistant
Martin Freeman .... carpenter
John Greaves .... storyboard artist
Rebecca Holmes .... assistant art director
Jonathan Hurst .... chargehand stand-by prop
Martin Kingsley .... property master
Colin Lovering .... scenic painter
Anthony McGee .... carpenter
John McGee .... carpenter
Daniel O'Regan .... carpenter
John O'Regan .... carpenter
Keith Pitt .... dressing props
Steven Sallybanks .... scenic artist (as Steve Sallybanks)
Anabel Yorke .... assistant to set decorator
 
Sound Department
Paul Cridlin .... boom operator
David Crozier .... production sound mixer
David Crozier .... sound editor
Diane Greaves .... foley artist
Joe Illing .... foley editor
Dominic Lester .... sound re-recording mixer
Mick Monks .... assistant sound editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Paley .... foley editor
Bob Risk .... supervising sound editor
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
James Davis III .... special effects senior technician
Jeremy Lovett .... special effects technician
Stefano Pepin .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Courtney Vanderslice .... head of production: Cinesite
Aviv Yaron .... Compositor: Cinesite
 
Stunts
Sarah Franzl .... stunts
Nick Gillard .... stunt coordinator
Derek Lee .... stunts
Lee Sheward .... stunts
Sarah Franzl .... stunt double: Imogen Stubbs (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Atherfold .... grip (as Kenny Atherford)
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Chris Bain .... camera trainee
Buddy Blackwell .... video assist operator
Roy Branch .... best boy
Paul Brinkworth .... grip
Dave Cook .... electrician
Dave Cook .... genny op
Steve Costello .... gaffer
Paul Cronin .... electrician
Wendy Dixon .... assistant still photographer
Jeremy Hiles .... camera operator
Philip Kenyon .... grip (as Phil Kenyon)
Nigel Kirton .... Steadicam operator
Mick Lay .... electrician
Rod Marley .... clapper loader
Pat Miller .... gaffer: effects unit
Dave Moore .... best boy
Jason Olive .... second assistant camera
Steve Roberts .... electrician
Peter Robertson .... Steadicam operator
Jonathan Sykes .... first assistant camera
Dean Thompson .... second assistant camera
Steve Tickner .... camera operator: second unit
Mike Valentine .... underwater camera operator
Peter Versey .... camera operator
Peter Versey .... camera operator: second unit
George Vince .... electrician
Tim Wooster .... camera operator
Jason Wrenn .... focus puller (as Jason Wren)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maurizio Basile .... costume assistant
Joe Hobbs .... wardrobe master
Yvonne Hobbs .... wardrobe mistress
Sue Honeybourne .... assistant costume designer
Marcus Love-McGuirk .... costumer
Berverley Webb .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Tullio Brunt .... first assistant editor
Paul Ensby .... color timer
Mike Fraser .... negative cutter
Liz Roe .... second assistant editor (as Elizabeth Roe)
 
Music Department
Valerie Armstrong .... vocals
Peter Beamish .... vocals
Linda Byrne .... piano: soloist
Sarah Byrne .... supervising: copyist
Rita Connolly .... vocals
Shaun Davey .... additional orchestrator
Noel Eccles .... featured percussion
Brian Masterson .... music recordist
Des Moore .... guitar: soloist
Fergus O'Carroll .... additional orchestrator
Martin O'Connor .... accordion: soloist
Alan Smale .... orchestra leader
Fiachra Trench .... conductor
Fiachra Trench .... orchestrator
Denis Woods .... computer programmer: music department
John Woolf .... musical director
 
Transportation Department
Tony Bird .... transportation manager
 
Other crew
Libbie Barr .... script supervisor
Liz Barron .... financial controller
Grietje Besteman .... underwater double
Claire Chapman .... production associate
Cleone Clarke .... assistant to producers
Gillian Dawes .... production coordinator
Steve Dent .... horse coordinator
Karen Gilbert .... production assistant
Emma Hepple .... horse handler
Ian Hodson .... underwater double
Stuart Hopps .... choreographer
Jonathan Hurst .... stand-by person
Julie Linnane .... accounting assistant
Miara Martell .... location manager (as Martell)
Elisabeth Penrith .... stand-in
Nick Prideaux .... stand-in
Malcolm Ranson .... fight director
Margaret Teatum .... post-production accountant
Nick Turnbull .... stand-by person
Elaine Tyler-Hall .... assistant choreographer
Ben Kingsley .... narrator (voice) (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Twelfth Night" - USA (poster title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild thematic elements
Runtime:
134 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Helena Bonham Carter and Imelda Staunton also appear together in the Harry Potter films, with Toby Stephens's mother, Maggie Smith.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Feste's guitar playing for Cesario (Viola) and Orsino does not match up with the soundtrack.See more »
Quotes:
Maria:By my troth, Sir Toby, you must come in earlier o' nights. That quaffing and drinking will undo you: I heard my lady talk of it yesterday; and of a foolish knight that you brought here to be her wooer.
Sir Toby Belch:Who, Sir Andrew Aguecheek?
Maria:Ay, he.
Sir Toby Belch:He's as tall a man as any's in Illyria.
Maria:What's that to the purpose?
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Movie Connections:
Version of Viola and Sebastian (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
Heigh-Ho, The Wind and the RainSee more »

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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, Well Cast, A Swollen, Ponderous Dud......, 25 June 2007
Author: tonstant viewer

In one of the DVD extras, a producer praises director Trevor Nunn as knowing more about Shakespeare than any man in England. (Not true, it's John Barton. But that's another story.)

Unfortunately, Nunn attempts to demonstrate his erudition in this beautifully photographed, somewhat medicinal misfire. In an attempt to serve up Shakespeare to everyone, he's bogged himself down in self-conscious paralysis. Despite the beautiful images and the star-studded cast, this is an airless, spineless lump.

Imogen Stubbs (Mrs. Nunn) is quite fine as Viola, and Richard E. Grant maintains great energy as Sir Andrew Aguecheek. Just about everybody else is sabotaged by a leaden pace and a heavy directorial hand. Nigel Hawthorne's Malvolio is destroyed by the glacial tempo, and Helena Bonham Carter's charm wilts at half speed.

Mel Smith is beautifully cast as Sir Toby Belch, but is also just too darn slow. In a major miscalculation, Ben Kingsley's plays Feste as a menacing ex-con, perhaps Abel Magwitch strayed in from "Great Expectations." This is a Killer Klown from Kornwall.

And in order to keep things this sluggish, at least a third of the text of the play is missing. It's the language that makes Shakespeare immortal, not the plots. Bad idea....

Oddly enough, in group scenes, actors often lose character, just standing around staring blankly at whoever is talking. You never see this in films, and you shouldn't. It should never happen.

There is a 1969 ITV version circulating with Sir Alec Guinness as Malvolio and Sir Ralph Richardson as Sir Toby Belch to remind us of how far we haven't come.

But best of all is the 1980 BBC DVD with Felicity Kendall, Sinead Cusack, Alec McCowen, Robert Hardy and Robert Lindsay. That "Twelfth Night" is an ensemble delight from beginning to end, with a full text and virtually flawless in engaging the play successfully on every level at once. Run, don't walk. It's a genuine treat.

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