After Gilbert and Sullivan's latest play is critically panned, the frustrated team threatens to disband until it is inspired to write the masterpiece "The Mikado".

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After their production "Princess Ida" meets with less-than-stunning reviews, the relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan is strained to breaking. Their friends and associates attempt to get the two to work together again, which opens the way to "The Mikado," one of the duo's greatest successes. Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>

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Rated R for a scene of risque nudity | See all certifications »

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£10,000,000 (estimated)

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$32,718 (USA) (17 December 1999)

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$6,201,757 (USA) (19 May 2000)
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Much of the six-month-long rehearsal process consisted of the cast discussing and doing detailed research on Victorian social and personal habits, speaking patterns, news events, and the mechanics of theatrical production during that era. See more »

Goofs

Gilbert sarcastically suggests that Sullivan, wanting to write a more serious opera, might try to collaborate with "Mr. Ibsen in Oslo." At the period in which the movie is set, the city was named Christiania. See more »

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Gilbert: There's something inherently disappointing about success.
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Featured in Mike Leigh in Conversation (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

A Wand'ring Minstrel, I
(1885)
from "The Mikado"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Performed by Kevin McKidd and chorus
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Thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying.
1 February 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This period film is unique in that the writer/director chose not to invent some contrived plot to push the movie along. It is as if we are simply witness at crucial points during normal goings on in the lives of Gilbert and Sullivan during the late 1800's. I found it fascinating and was not aware of the length (almost 3 hours) during the picture.

If you have ever been in a musical, have a love of theater, or have any interest in the 1800's, you must see this film. From the superb acting, to the set design (amazing accuracy), to the technique - this film is a gem to behold.


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