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Shakespeare in Love (1998)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  8 January 1999 (USA)
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A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

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Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to both Philip Henslow and Richard Burbidge but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing. He is in search of his muse, the woman who will inspire him but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. She is also a great admirer of Shakespeare's works. Dressing as a man and going by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon sees through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily for them as he is already married and she has been promised to the dour Lord Wessex. As the company rehearses his new play, Will and Viola's love is transferred to the written page leading to the masterpiece that is ... Written by garykmcd

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...A Comedy About the Greatest Love Story Almost Never Told... See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,819,385 (UK) (29 January 1999)

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$100,241,322 (USA) (23 July 1999)
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By winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth, Judi Dench completed an odd Academy Award first. She and Charles Laughton, who had won an Oscar 65 years earlier for playing the title role in The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933), became the first acting pair to win Oscars for portraying a parent and child in *separate* movies. Two other actors had been nominated for each of those parts: Richard Burton in Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) and Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998). Another pair of actors would later win Oscars for playing a royal father and daughter separately: Helen Mirren in The Queen (2006) and Colin Firth in The King's Speech (2010). Mirren had previously also played Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth I, and the latter film reunited Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush from this film. See more »

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When Romeo drinks the poison, he first opens the bottle, says what he has to say and in the next shot he opens the bottle again before he drinks the stuff. See more »

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[first lines]
Philip Henslowe: [screams in pain]
Hugh Fennyman: Henslowe! Do you know what happens to a man who doesn't pay his debts? His boots catch fire!
Philip Henslowe: [screams]
Hugh Fennyman: Why do you howl when it is I who am bitten?
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The Play & the Marriage
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Written by Stephen Warbeck
Performed by Catherine Bott
Conducted by Nick Ingman
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A Great Movie
4 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When my English teacher told the class that we would be watching "Shakespeare in Love" everyone groaned, me included. We all thought it would be another boring movie, but I along with many others was pleasantly surprised. Even though the movie didn't portray the actual life of William Shakespeare, it is a very interesting interpretation of what his life might have been like. Normally I am not a big fan of Gwenyth Paltrow, but she fulfilled the role of Viola De Lesseps very well. This movie, unlike many others I have been forced to watch in school, has not been a waste of time and has informed us more about the concepts and details that could not be seen just by reading the play. Overall I think I have gained a better understanding of Romeo and Juliet by watching "Shakespeare in Love".


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