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Much Ado About Nothing (1984)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | TV Movie 22 December 1984
Benedick and Beatrice fight their merry war of words. But when Beatrice's friend, Hero, is humiliatingly jilted by Benedick's best friend, Claudio, Benedick has to choose which side he's on... See full summary »

Director:

Stuart Burge

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Montague ... Leonato
Tim Faulkner ... Messenger
Cherie Lunghi ... Beatrice
Katharine Levy Katharine Levy ... Hero
Jon Finch ... Don Pedro
Robert Lindsay ... Benedick
Robert Reynolds Robert Reynolds ... Claudio
Gordon Whiting Gordon Whiting ... Antonio
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Don John
Robert Gwilym ... Conrade
Tony Rohr ... Borachio
Pamela Moiseiwitsch Pamela Moiseiwitsch ... Margaret
Ishia Bennison Ishia Bennison ... Ursula
Oz Clarke Oz Clarke ... Balthasar
Ben Losh Ben Losh ... Boy
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Storyline

Benedick and Beatrice fight their merry war of words. But when Beatrice's friend, Hero, is humiliatingly jilted by Benedick's best friend, Claudio, Benedick has to choose which side he's on. But unknown to all, Claudio's been tricked by the bastard Don John, and (unfortunately), it's up to Dogberry and Verges to solve the case. Written by Kathy Li

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Stuart Burge initially thought about shooting the entire episode against a blank tapestry background, with no set whatsoever, but it was felt that audiences may not respond well to this, and the idea was scrapped. Ultimately the production had a style referred to as "stylized realism"; the environments are suggestive of their real life counterparts, the foregrounds are broadly realistic representations, but the backgrounds tended to be more artificial. See more »

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Superb rendition that that reaffirms one's love of Shakespeare
21 June 2002 | by filmbuff-147See all my reviews

An afficianado but not expert on Shakespeare, this production was my introduction to "Much Ado About Nothing". I found it a sheer delight. So much so that I fell into the production and it seemed it was over after barely starting. Normally with Shakespeare one seems to maintain a distance whilst mentally translating the old English prose/rhyme but that wasn't necessary with this play. The sets are adequate but we must remember that this is a film of a stage version. It's the acting that makes it so exhilerating. Lunghi is nothing short of stupendous, speaking the lines with great wit, clarity and effect. Lindsay is admirable as her foil and indeed matches her line for line. I would recommend this play/production for anyone who needs an introduction to Shakespeare. For those who are familiar with the bard, they will find this rendition a delight, and far superior to that inadequate, emacerated film version by Branagh.


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