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Writer (WGA):
John Orloff (written by)
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Release Date:
28 October 2011 (Ireland) See more »
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Tagline:
Was Shakespeare a Fraud?
Plot:
The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Possibly the Greatest Literary Deception of All Time Gets Suberp Cinematic Treatment--Superior to "Shakespear In Love" See more (124 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Rhys Ifans ... Earl of Oxford

Vanessa Redgrave ... Queen Elizabeth I

Sebastian Armesto ... Ben Jonson

Rafe Spall ... William Shakespeare

David Thewlis ... William Cecil

Edward Hogg ... Robert Cecil

Xavier Samuel ... Earl of Southampton

Sam Reid ... Earl of Essex

Jamie Campbell Bower ... Young Earl of Oxford

Joely Richardson ... Young Queen Elizabeth I
Paolo De Vita ... Francesco
Trystan Gravelle ... Christopher Marlowe

Robert Emms ... Thomas Dekker

Tony Way ... Thomas Nashe
Julian Bleach ... Captain Richard Pole

Derek Jacobi ... Prologue
Alex Hassell ... Spencer
James Garnon ... Heminge

Mark Rylance ... Condell
Jasper Britton ... Pope
Michael Brown ... Sly

Ned Dennehy ... Interrogator

John Keogh ... Philip Henslowe
Lloyd Hutchinson ... Richard Burbage

Vicky Krieps ... Bessie Vavasour

Helen Baxendale ... Anne De Vere
Paula Schramm ... Bridget De Vere
Amy Kwolek ... Young Anne De Vere
Luke Thomas Taylor ... Boy Earl of Oxford (as Luke Taylor)
Isaiah Michalski ... Boy Robert Cecil
Timo Huber ... Boy Earl of Southampton

Richard Durden ... Archbishop

Shaun Lawton ... Footman
Detlef Bothe ... John De Vere
James Clyde ... King James I
Christian Sengewald ... Cecil's Spy Servant
Jean-Loup Fourure ... Monsieur Beaulieu
Victoria Gabrysch ... Buxom Lady
Axel Sichrovsky ... Essex General
Katrin Pollitt ... Lady-in-Waiting
Patricia Grove ... Lady-in-Waiting
Laura Lo Zito ... Selling Maid
Gode Benedix ... Groundling
Nic Romm ... Usher

Henry Lloyd-Hughes ... Bear Baiter
Patrick Diemling ... Oxford's Servant
Patrick Heyn ... Oxford's Doctor
Nino Sandow ... Stage Manager (New York)
Craig Salisbury ... Dwarf / Puck
Rainer Guldener ... Quince
Trystan Pütter ... Bottom
André Kaczmarczyk ... Titania
Jonas Hämmerle ... Child Oberon
Leonard Kinzinger ... Child Titania
Mike Maas ... Pole's Commander
Christian Leonard ... Stage Player: Shakespeare Company
Christian Banzhaf ... Stage Player: Shakespeare Company
Victor Calero ... Stage Player: Shakespeare Company
Martin Engler ... Stage Player: Shakespeare Company
Alfred Hartung ... Stage Player: Shakespeare Company
Oliver Kube ... Stage Player: Shakespeare Company
Christian Ludwig ... Stage Player: Shakespeare Company
Oliver Rickenbacher ... Stage Player: Shakespeare Company
Claudius von Stolzmann ... Stage Player: Shakespeare Company
Tjafke Biallowons ... Dancer
Dafne-Maria Fielder ... Dancer
Alexander Flache ... Dancer
Antonia Gerke ... Dancer
Sophie Hichert ... Dancer
Lukas Hötzel ... Dancer
Johannes Keusch ... Dancer
Vera Kreyer ... Dancer
Stefanie Lanius ... Dancer
Urban Luig ... Dancer
Jasmin Mehling ... Dancer
Elisabeth Milarch ... Dancer
Robert Munzinger ... Dancer
Benjamin Plath ... Dancer
Erik Studte ... Dancer
Johann Hakob Wurster ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joachim Paul Assböck ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Carsten Berger ... Lord of Court (uncredited)
Oliver Bigalke ... Essex Assassin (uncredited)
Ulrike Brandt ... Robert Cecil's Wife (uncredited)
Andreas Frakowiak ... Nobleman with Feathered Hat (uncredited)
Claudia Funke ... Young Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Dennis Oestreich ... Angry Young Man in Theatre (uncredited)
Gesche Picolin ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Michael S. Ruscheinsky ... Elizabeth's Personal Guard (uncredited)

Steffi Sattler ... First Lady to King James I (uncredited)

Alexandra Surer ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Ralf Tempel ... Privy Council (uncredited)

Tom Wlaschiha ... Captain of the Guard (uncredited)
Alexander Yassin ... Javanese Nobleman (uncredited)
Martina Ysker ... Young Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roland Emmerich 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Orloff (written by)

Produced by
Roland Emmerich .... producer
Volker Engel .... executive producer
Christoph Fisser .... co-producer
Larry J. Franco .... producer (as Larry Franco)
Robert Leger .... producer
Marcus Loges .... line producer
Henning Molfenter .... co-producer
John Orloff .... executive producer
Marc Weigert .... executive producer
Kirstin Winkler .... co-producer
Charlie Woebcken .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Harald Kloser 
Thomas Wanker  (as Thomas Wander)
 
Cinematography by
Anna Foerster (director of photography) (as Anna J. Foerster)
 
Film Editing by
Peter R. Adam 
 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Lissy Holm 
 
Production Design by
Sebastian T. Krawinkel  (as Sebastian Krawinkel)
 
Art Direction by
Sabine Engelberg 
Kim Frederiksen 
Stephan O. Gessler (supervising art director) (as Stephan Gessler)
Stefan Speth 
Bryce Tibbey 
 
Set Decoration by
Simon-Julien Boucherie  (as Simon Boucherie)
 
Costume Design by
Lisy Christl 
 
Makeup Department
Anna Sophie Evenkamp .... hair stylist (as Anna Evenkamp)
Anna Sophie Evenkamp .... makeup artist (as Anna Evenkamp)
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Fay Hatzius .... makeup artist daily
Fay Hatzius .... wig maker: facial hair
Dana Kalder .... makeup daily
Julia Lechner .... hair stylist
Julia Lechner .... makeup artist
Heike Merker .... key hair stylist
Björn Rehbein .... key makeup artist
Helmut Rühl .... hair stylist
Helmut Rühl .... makeup artist
Sabine Schumann .... hair stylist
Sabine Schumann .... makeup artist
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens coordinator
Daniela Skala .... hair stylist
Daniela Skala .... makeup artist
Matthew Smith .... prosthetic makeup designer: Vannesa Redgrave
Christiane Weber .... hair stylist
Christiane Weber .... makeup artist
Elena Schmerberg-Dávila .... makeup trainee (uncredited)
Emilia Seifert .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Christopher Berg .... post-production supervisor
Miki Emmrich .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Doll .... first assistant director
Tanja Däberitz .... second assistant director
Tamara Harvey .... director: theatre scenes
Lisa Hauss .... additional second assistant director
Janina Huettenrauch .... third assistant director
Christopher Poth .... third assistant director
Ronny Schröder .... additional second assistant director
Ronny Schröder .... second second assistant director: crowd
Tobias Asam .... additional assistant director: crowd (uncredited)
Mara Fiedler .... additional assistant director: crowd (uncredited)
Ellie Kemps .... assistant director: theatre scenes (uncredited)
Tommy Kreiselmaier .... additional assistant director: crowd (uncredited)
Corinne Le Hong .... second assistant director: crowd (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Pablo Alza .... hod painter
Christoph Baumstieger .... stand-by carpenter
Robert Blasi .... art department coordinator
André Brüggemann .... assistant construction manager (as Andre Brueggemann)
Klaus Eckmann .... senior set dresser
Enzo Enzel .... stand-by painter
Kadi Fast .... set decoration head painter
Michael Fechner .... property master
Marc Fielk .... assistant set decorator (as Mark Fielk)
Lisa Folkens .... set decoration department coordinator
Alexander Frühbrodt .... junior set dresser
Dierk Grahlow .... construction manager
Matthias Haase .... assistant property master
Sebastian Hanusch .... stand-by props
Markus Hasler .... set decoration foreman
Jan Jericho .... graphic artist
Oliver Kuhlmann .... stand-by props
Christoph Lanksch .... leadman
Nadin Meyer .... construction coordinator
Sascha Strutz .... set decoration buyer
Ilona Vovchyk .... set dcors: theatre plays
Patrick Wiethoff .... set decoration buyer
Reiner Behrends .... painter (uncredited)
Katharina Boehm .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Katharina Boehm .... theatre prop maker (uncredited)
Ron Büttner .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ralf Churfürst .... set dresser (uncredited)
James Cowley .... theatre prop maker (uncredited)
Holger Delfs .... painter (uncredited)
Axel Eichhorst .... conceptual artist (uncredited)
Axel Eichhorst .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Gizem Ersavas .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Ulrike Eversmeier .... set dresser (uncredited)
Alexander Frühbrodt .... set dresser (uncredited)
Brita Hofmann .... supervising plasterer (uncredited)
Jennie Konrad .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Oliver Kujas .... assistant art department coordinator (uncredited)
Alexander Liebenthron .... property buyer (uncredited)
Robert Makolies .... head of department sculptor (uncredited)
Robert Makolies .... sculptor (uncredited)
Angel Pedro Martinez .... theater sets and props (uncredited)
Nadin Meyer .... construction secretary (uncredited)
Gunter Müller .... construction secretary (uncredited)
Anni Nagel .... prop maker (uncredited)
Tarnia Nicol .... draftsperson (uncredited)
Fumiari Ogawa .... sculptor (uncredited)
Benjamin Palmer .... prop maker (uncredited)
Stephanie Rass .... draftsperson (uncredited)
Harry Rischmüller .... property master: outdoor (uncredited)
Julia Roeske .... set dresser (uncredited)
Cindy Schnitter .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Tobias Schroeter .... theatre sculptor (uncredited)
Sandra Zimmerle .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Manfred Banach .... sound mixer
Hubert Bartholomae .... sound re-recording mixer
Hubert Bartholomae .... supervising sound editor
Rodney Berling .... adr editor
Friedrich M. Dosch .... sound effects editor (as Fritz Dosch)
Pit Kuhlmann .... dialogue editor
Simon Price .... supervising adr editor
Andreas Schneider .... foley artist (as Andi Schneider)
Dirk Schäfer .... boom operator
Philipp Sellier .... foley editor
Philipp Sellier .... sound effects editor
Christoph von Schönburg .... sound effects editor
Sinéad Brady .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Simon Diggins .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Robert Edwards .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Michael Karl Huber .... audio delivery coordinator (uncredited)
Dean Jones .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Paul N.J. Ottosson .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Andy Stallabrass .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Philip Young .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Rolf Hanke .... special effects foreman
Till Hertrich .... special effects foreman
Uwe Lehmann .... special effects
Gerd Nefzer .... special effects supervisor (as Gerd Feuchter)
Gonzalo Outeda Giménez .... special effects senior technician (as Gonzalo Outeda)
Marcus Preussing .... special effects technician (as Marcus Schmidt)
Nils Bleeck .... special effects senior technician: daily (uncredited)
Wolfgang Higler .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Monty Ploch .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Claudius Rauch .... special effects senior technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Alp Altiner .... matte painter: Unchartered Territory
Sandra Balej .... compositor: Unchartered Territory
Martin Bohm .... modeler/texture painter: Unchartered Territory
Rene Borst .... lead matte painter: Unchartered Territory
Jon R. Brown .... data wrangler: Unchrtered Territory (as Jon Brown)
André Cantarel .... lighting lead: Unchartered Territory
André Cantarel .... modeling lead: Unchartered Territory
Irfan Celik .... lighting technical director: Unchartered Territory
Gregory Chalenko .... compositor: Unchartered Territory
Eric D. Christensen .... visual effects producer: RotoFactory
Timm Dapper .... massive technical director: Unchartered Territory
Jakob Degen .... visual effects production assistant: Unchartered Territory
Ante Dekovic .... compositor: Unchartered Territory
Ante Dekovic .... visual effects data wrangler
Ante Dekovic .... visual effects set assistant
Carsten Engel .... visual effects marine researcher: Unchartered Territory
Volker Engel .... visual effects supervisor
Brian Fisher .... sequence lead: Unhartered Territory
Robert Freitag .... lighting technical director: Unchartered Territory
Tom Freitag .... lighting technical director: Unchartered Territory
Jack Shahram Ghoulian .... senior IT manager: Uncharted Territory (as Jack Ghoulian)
Philip Hartmann .... modeler/texture painter: Unchartered Territory
Ulrik Schou Jørgensen .... programmer: Unchartered Territory
Oliver Kirchhoff .... matchmove technical director
Katharina Koepke .... visual effects project manager: Unchartered Territory
Wing Kwok .... compositor: Unchartered Territory
Daniel König .... programmer: Unchartered Territory
Thomas Lautenbach .... compositor: Unchartered Territory
Guido Medert .... visual effects coordinator: Unchartered Territory
Tilo Meisel .... IT Manager: Unchartered Territory
Conrad Murrey .... animation lead: Unchartered Territory
Knuth Möde .... senior texture artist: Unchartered Territory
Christine Neumann .... modeler: Unchartered Territory (as Christine Toni Neumann)
Hannes Poser .... lighting technical director: Unchartered Territory
Dieter Primig .... visual effects project management assistant: Unchartered Territory
Sebastian Schütt .... compositor: Unchartered Territory
Julia Smola .... compositor: Unchartered Territory
Ryan T. Smolarek .... compositing lead: Unchartered Territory (as Ryan Smolarek)
Rony Soussan .... compositing supervisor: Unchartered Territory
Greg Strasz .... visual effects art director: Unchartered Territory
Denis Trutanic .... senior matchmove technical director: Unchartered Territory
Pieter Van Houte .... senior compositor: Uncharted Territory
Caroline Weidenhiller .... compositor: Unchartered Territory
Marc Weigert .... visual effects supervisor
Stacey Weigert .... visual effects production manager: Uncharted Territory
Robert Zeltsch .... compositing technical director: Unchartered Territory
Gereon Zwosta .... lighting technical director: Unchartered Territory
Patrick Wolf .... lead pipeline developer: pre-production (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Mattias Bark .... stunts (as Mathias Bark)
Sandor Bertalan .... stunts
Daniel Bohn .... stunts
Matthias Fach .... stunts
Matthias Günther .... stunts (as Matthias Guenther)
Mathias Hoffmann .... stunts
Tomas Jester .... stunts (as Thomas Jester)
Péter Katona .... stunt performer
Alrik Kreemke .... stunt player
Katja Kerstin Köhler .... stunts
Andreas Mintert .... stunts
Jockel Neubauer .... stunts
Thorsten Pabst .... stunts
Moritz Prochnow .... stunts
Uli Richter .... stunts
Armin Sauer .... assistant stunt coordinator
Karsten Schmidt .... stunts
Rene Schobes .... stunts
Mike Schramm .... stunts
Zsolt Sera .... stunts
Levente Tamási .... stunts (as Levente Tamasi)
Steve Thiede .... stunts
László Ujvári .... stunts (as Laszlo Vijari)
Rainer Werner .... stunt coordinator
Menyhért René Balog-Dutombé .... stunts (uncredited)
Balázs Farkas .... stunt double (uncredited)
Kinga Gavalda .... riding double: Joely Richardson (uncredited)
Florian Hotz .... stunt player (uncredited)
István Kiss .... stunt double (uncredited)
László Kósa .... stunts (uncredited)
Martin Lederer .... stunts (uncredited)
Akos Lenkei .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Zsolt Viktor Magyari .... stunts (uncredited)
Ferenc Novinecz .... stunts (uncredited)
György Ulrik .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Timo Andert .... digital image technician
Reiner Bajo .... still photographer
Dieter Bähr .... key grip
Birgit Dierken .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Johnny Feurer .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Mira Hamza .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Dietmar Haupt .... rigging gaffer
Carmen Hearne .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Bjorn Korner .... electrician (as Björn Koerner)
Peter Kramer .... senior electrician
Sebastian Mayer .... grip
Sebastian Meuschel .... camera operator: "a" camera
Sebastian Meuschel .... steadicam operator
Roland Patzelt .... best boy electric
Philip Peschlow .... camera operator: "c" camera
Hinrich Peters .... electrician
Ilko Petkow .... dolly grip
Cristian Pirjol .... camera trainee
Christian Scheibe .... best boy grip
Albrecht Silberberger .... gaffer
Georg Simmendinger .... electrician
Vladimir Subotic .... camera operator: "b" camera
Alexander von Wasielewski .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Mike Wächter .... dimmer board operator
Alex Zeihn .... electrician (as Alexander Zeihn)
Isabelle Arnold .... camera operator: additional (uncredited)
Yoshua Berkowitz .... camera technical support (uncredited)
James Eggleton .... digital lab supervisor (uncredited)
Martin Mecko .... hd video assist operator (uncredited)
David Sinfield .... gaffer: UK (uncredited)
Jonathan Smiles .... red camera supervisor (uncredited)
Martin Smith .... gaffer: re-shoots (uncredited)
Vladimir Subotic .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Thomas Thiele .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Simone Bär .... additional casting: Germany (as Simone Baer)
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Anton Ludwig .... extras casting
Johanna Ragwitz .... extras casting
April Webster .... casting consultant: USA
Sebastian Alten .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Salvadore Brandt .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Jessika Eisenkolb .... casting: children (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daniela Backes .... costumer
Dietke Brandt .... costumer
Simon Brindle .... principal costume armours: UK
Brigitte Fink .... costume supervisor
Petra Gärstke .... costumer
Marie Hertzinger .... ager/dyer: theatre costumes
Nicky Jones .... senior costume armourer
Ramona Klinikowski .... costumer
Gregory Nelson .... costumer
Susanne Niedergall .... costume design assistant
Natalia Riede .... costumer
Sonia Inés Rocha .... costumer (as Sonia Rocha)
Martina Steiner .... costumer
Almut Stier .... costume coordinator
Jana Witte .... costume trainee
Urs Dierker .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Gabriele Keuneke .... tailor (uncredited)
Linda Lashley .... costumer (uncredited)
Jenny Lorenz .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Lisa Spengler .... wardrobe daily (uncredited)
Susanne Stroh .... wardrobe daily (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Timo Andert .... digital intermediate technician
Eddie Handschak .... digital intermediate technician
Florian Martin .... digital colorist (as Florian Utsi Martin)
Christoph Strothjohann .... additional editor
Michael Timmers .... assistant editor
Andrea Voggenauer .... negative cutter (as Andrea Vogenauer)
Jeff Yaworski .... qc coordinator (as Jeffrey Yaworski)
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg .... musicians
Klaus-Peter Beyer .... orchestra contractor
James Seymour Brett .... conductor (as James Brett)
James Seymour Brett .... orchestrator (as James Brett)
Falko Duczmal .... pro tools operator
Dave Eggar .... musician: cello
Vic Fraser .... music preparation: Heiko Music
Adam Langston .... orchestrator
Matthais Loibner .... musician: hurdy gurdy
Ana Maria Lombo .... musician: solo vocalist
Michael Schubert .... score mixer
Marcus Trumpp .... composer: additional music
Marcus Trumpp .... orchestrator
Claire van Kampen .... composer: original period music
Lothar Bellutta .... music: additional editing (uncredited)
Lothar Bellutta .... music: vocal recordist (uncredited)
Fernand Bos .... music consultant (uncredited)
Tilo M. Heinrich .... music preparation (uncredited)
Steve Parr .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Florian Haeger .... transportation captain
Axel Hübner .... transportation co-captain
Martin Kuschan .... transportation coordinator
Marcel Ahrens .... driver (uncredited)
Antonio Allocca .... driver (uncredited)
Axel Kirst .... production driver (uncredited)
Matthias Langwich .... production driver (uncredited)
Tim Lemke .... property driver (uncredited)
Jan Luo .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Alexander Müller-Lenhartz .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Knuth Sorgers .... production driver (uncredited)
Steve Wilks .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Alexander Wunderling .... production driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Matthias Brauner .... title designer
Bettina Brenner .... assistant accountant
Sandor Czirjak .... horse master
Christina Degenhardt .... production assistant
Kathryn Donovan .... unit publicist
Gabriela Dumitrescu .... choreographer
Doris Edwards .... production coordinator
Gisela Emberger .... stage manager
Katrin Ewerlin .... production assistant
Susanne Fischer .... production coordinator
Anne C. Ford .... production accountant (as Anne Ford)
Sabina Friedland .... assistant: Mr. Franco
Gabriella Gobber .... script supervisor
Brendan Gunn .... dialect coach
Sven Jorden .... assistant set manager
Suza Kohlstedt .... production assistant
Lutz Lemke .... title designer
Mario Lindner .... assistant accountant
Adam-Victor Linkowski .... assistant production coordinator
Jerome Lippelt .... assistant stage manager
Paul Meyer-Gerlt .... production accountant
Marcella Ochoa .... assistant: Composer Harald Kloser
Rickie-Lee Roberts .... production assistant
Sibylle Schuster .... production assistant
Samantha Schwartz .... post production assistant
Johannes Schwerdt .... assistant accountant
Marco Shepherd .... assistant: Mr. Emmerich (as Marco Antonio Shepherd)
Roman Spacil .... armorer: swords
Eva Von Malotky .... assistant: Mr. Emmerich
Laura Wilson .... consultant
Lisa Wilson .... consultant
Paul Wolf .... assistant stage manager
Christian Wöltche .... assistant accountant
Yves Albiez .... travel coordinator (uncredited)
Dennis Becker .... caretaker: extras (uncredited)
Alex Boden .... researcher: UK (uncredited)
Matthew Brown .... caretaker: extras (uncredited)
Gero Brugmann .... legal counsel: for Studio Babelsberg (uncredited)
Florentin Camerer .... caretaker: extras (uncredited)
Max Conradt .... caretaker: extras (uncredited)
Timo Dobbert .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Silke Dunker .... additional script supervisor (uncredited)
Piers Dunn .... location consultant: UK (uncredited)
Giles Edleston .... location manager (uncredited)
Jan Filkorn .... caretaker: extras (uncredited)
Katrin Habermann .... production assistant (uncredited)
Zoltan Horkai .... animal trainer: bear, dogs (uncredited)
Peter Ivanyi .... animal trainer: bear, dogs (uncredited)
Ayuko Koresawa .... script supervisor: splinter unit (uncredited)
Philipp Kramer .... caretaker: extras (uncredited)
Tobias Lauterberg .... accounts services: German payroll (uncredited)
Angela Mages .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bianca Makarewicz .... publicist: Studio Babelsberg (uncredited)
Robert Morávek .... crowd marshall (uncredited)
Marcus Müller .... caretaker: extras (uncredited)
Florian Müßener .... caretaker: extras (uncredited)
Nick Oliver .... assistant location manager: uk (uncredited)
Paul Pawlowski .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Anna Timm .... legal advisor (uncredited)
Eike Wolf .... production publicist (uncredited)
Sonja B. Zimmer .... production executive (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content
Runtime:
130 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:TE | France:U | Ireland:12A | Italy:T | Japan:PG12 | Malaysia:18 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46379)

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Trivia:
Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson play the older and younger versions of Queen Elizabeth respectively. In real-life they are mother and daughter.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the scene where the young Earl of Oxford has dinner with Queen Elizabeth, he mentions that the Italian actors are called Commedia Dell' Arte. The name Commedia Dell' Arte was not coined until the 18th century by Italian playwright and librettist Carlo Goldoni.See more »
Quotes:
Young Earl of Oxford:[after sword gets knocked into young Robert Cecil's chess game] You were losing anyway.
Boy Robert Cecil:[had been playing alone] I was also winning!
Young Earl of Oxford:[tosses a piece back at Robert, who misses it] Really?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Last Will & Testament (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
Night Of the Long KnivesSee more »

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106 out of 152 people found the following review useful.
Possibly the Greatest Literary Deception of All Time Gets Suberp Cinematic Treatment--Superior to "Shakespear In Love", 19 November 2011
Author: classicalsteve from Oakland, CA

About 300 years after the publication of the first collected works of Shakespeare, the so-called First Folio (1623), a schoolmaster named J. Thomas Looney (pronounced "loanee") facilitated his students in readings of the Shakespeare plays, particularly "the Merchant of Venice". Over the years while watching the plays, hearing their rhetoric, and absorbing this remarkable voice whose Elizabethan presence is still revered and studied today, Looney became convinced the man from Stratford who is attributed to having written the plays (the Orthodox View), was not the true author. He came to believe the name "William Shakespeare" which appeared on two published poems, the later quartos and the First Folio was in reality a pseudonym for someone else, possibly a nobleman. Previously, those who questioned the Orthodox View, sometimes called Anti-Stratfordians, had proposed others of the Elizebethan Age, such as Sir Francis Bacon and Christopher Marlowe, but Looney was convinced the true author was someone never before put forth since Shakespearian scholarship began in the 18th century. Shakespeare has and still does remain shrouded in mystery.

Because Shakespeare biographical detail has been sketchy at best, Looney developed a profile similar to those used by detectives to paint a picture of his candidate, based on elements in the plays. He determined the writer was a nobleman, a Falconer, possibly sympathetic to the Lancastrian side of the Wars of the Roses, and someone who loved Italy and Italian culture. And, most important of all, that he was a poet who possibly had written poems and/or plays under his own name before going under the name of William Shakespeare. After finding a number of primary sources at the British Library, he came up with his findings. Looney proposed a somewhat forgotten nobleman named Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, as being the true identity of the poet/playwright William Shakespeare in a book called simply "Shakespeare Identified".

"Anonymous" is a film based on Looney's original notion that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, penned the plays which would become the greatest literary canon of the English language. The events surrounding the plays, their performances, Oxford's conscious willingness to stay behind the scenes, and the attribution of the plays to the man from Stratford, a businessman who had little or no experience in theatre, are all dramatized in a period film which takes you back to the world of the Elizabethan Stage. One of the best aspects of "Anonymous" is how it relates the plays to political rhetoric of the period. In recent years, Shakespearian scholars have proposed that many figures of the Elizabethan Court were satirized in the plays, such as William Cecil and his son Robert Cecil. The links between the plays and contemporary politics are brought to the fore much more directly than in "Shakespeare in Love".

Character actor Rhys Ifans offers an Oscar-caliber performance as the man who some believe was the real Shakespeare. Ifans finds that delicate balance between the remarkable artist and the troubled nobleman who could not reconcile the two worlds of his life. If Shakespeare was in fact a nobleman who went under a pseudonym, many of the events portrayed in "Anonymous" are plausible. Unlike today, playwrights and poets lived on the periphery of society, and a nobleman of the rank of Oxford writing plays containing charged political rhetoric would have been scandalous, hence the Shakespeare-Oxford theory.

The hero of the movie is actually his colleague Ben Johnson, the Elizabethan playwright who has always dwelt under the shadow of Shakespeare, especially in modern times. Johnson would have been the greatest playwright of his age if Shakespeare had not been writing. In this story, he becomes the guardian of the Shakespeare plays, and supposedly the man who saves the canon for posterity. Johnson in fact wrote the preface to the First Folio of 1623. If there had been a cover-up of Shakespeare's true identity, Johnson would have known.

While the film bases many of its embellishments on facts known about Edward de Vere, the film does take a few rather implausible historical licenses, not unlike Amadeus which appeared about 25 years ago. Edward de Vere may have flirted with Queen Elizabeth when he was younger, but whether they bore a child does seem quite fantastic. Later in the film, an extraordinary truth about Oxford's own heritage is revealed. However, films have to tell a story, and some licenses are made in order the story remain interesting and compelling. Shakespeare in many of his plays bent history to fulfill his dramatic goals and theatrical visions.

Many Shakespeare enthusiasts not only dismiss the Oxfordian argument but do not approve of the subject altogether. Some Stratfordians' view is that there is no "authorship question" and that any attempt to discredit the man from Stratford does a disservice to Shakespare. I think "Anonymous" is not so much about changing minds but about bringing the question out into the open. Regardless on which side of the fence you may be, there are a lot of questions concerning the life of Shakespeare. Answers to mundane questions, such as primary sources concerning his composing, are strangely absent. No one seems to have mentioned Stratford being any kind of a poet, playwright or actor in Stratford. However, as shown in the film, primary source evidence survives which speaks of Edward de Vere as an adolescent putting on a short play for the young Queen Elizabeth.

So the film brings us back to the fundamental question: did Oxford write the Shakespeare Canon or was it the man from Stratford? Primary source evidence is sparse, and documents which could have shed light on this problem may have perished in the Great Fire of London in 1666. In short, we may never know. But Oxford's star is on the rise, and in years to come, this may be the first film to acknowledge there is indeed a question. Whether it has been answered is up to each viewer.

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