Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead ()

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Two minor characters from the play 'Hamlet' stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them.


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Livio Badurina ...
Tomislav Maretic ...
Mare Mlacnik ...
Serge Soric ...
Tragedian (as Srdjan Soric)
Mladen Vasary ...
Zeljko Vukmirica ...
Branko Zavrsan ...
Ljubo Zecevic ...
Sven Medvesek ...
Laertes (as Sven Medvesck)
Vili Matula ...
John Burgess ...
Ambassador from England

Directed by

Tom Stoppard

Written by

Tom Stoppard ... (written by)

Produced by

Emanuel Azenberg ... producer
Michael Brandman ... producer
Iris Merlis ... co-producer
Thomas J. Rizzo ... executive producer
Louise Stephens ... executive producer
Patrick Whitley ... co-producer

Music by

Stanley Myers

Cinematography by

Peter Biziou ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Nicolas Gaster

Editorial Department

Marina Barac ... assistant editor: Yugoslavia
Simon Cowper ... assistant film editor
Charles Ireland ... assistant film editor
Dubravka Premar ... assistant editor: Yugoslavia
Anne Sopel ... first assistant film editor
Goranka Trgovec-Greif ... assistant editor: Yugoslavia

Casting By

Doreen Jones

Production Design by

Vaughan Edwards

Art Direction by

Ivo Husnjak

Costume Design by

Andreane Neofitou

Makeup Department

Ana Bulajic-Crcek ... assistant makeup artist
Maria Dziewulska ... makeup artist: Yugoslav crew
Magdalen Gaffney ... makeup artist
Susan V. Kalinowski ... hair stylist: Mr. Dreyfuss (as Susan Kalinowski)
Ivana Primorac ... makeup artist: Yugoslavia
Stephen Rose ... hair stylist
Stephania Rosso ... hair stylist: Yugoslav crew

Production Management

Boris Dmitrovic ... production supervisor
Igor Nola ... unit manager: Yugoslav crew

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Zoran Blazevic ... assistant director: Yugoslavia
Zoran Budak ... first assistant director: Yugoslavia
Peter Cotton ... second assistant director
Dubravko Scherr ... second assistant director: Yugoslavia
Bill Westley ... first assistant director
Zoran Budak ... second unit director (uncredited)
Denis Cviticanin ... trainee assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Vlado Buzolic ... draftsman: Yugoslavia
Joe Curtin ... construction manager
Nenad Drljaca ... swing gang: Yugoslavia
Patricia Johnson ... draughtsman
Sabri Lariani ... assistant construction manager
Marko Lasic ... prop buyer: Yugoslavia
Kreso Ljubic ... stagehand: Yugoslavia
Tomica Ljubic ... stagehand: Yugoslavia
Zeljko Luter ... prop buyer: Yugoslavia
Mladen Ozbolt ... set dresser: Yugoslavia
Nenad Pecur ... construction coordinator: Yugoslavia
Ivica Siprak ... propman: Yugoslavia
Boris Tadej ... propman: Yugoslavia
Ferid Terzic ... construction buyer: Yugoslavia
Zdravko Zorman ... swing gang: Yugoslavia

Sound Department

Michael A. Carter ... re-recording mixer
Richard Dunford ... dialogue editor
Sarah Ellis ... assistant dialogue editor
Tomislav Fogec ... boom man: Yugoslav crew
Louis Kramer ... sound recordist
Jupiter Sen ... dubbing editor
Otto Snel ... re-recording mixer (as Otto R. Snel)
Kevin Tayler ... re-recording mixer
Bronwyn Wolfe ... assistant dubbing editor
Sandy Buchanan ... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Ricky Farns ... special effects
Marijan Karoglan ... special effects: Yugoslav crew
David McCall ... special effects
Drago Poldrugac ... special effects assistant: Yugoslav crew

Visual Effects by

Djuro Roic ... puppet animator (uncredited)


Aldo Toncic ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Roderick Barron ... camera operator
Peter Bloor ... gaffer
Dean Brkic ... rigging electrician
Peter Casey ... generator operator
Adam Dale ... camera assistant
Branko Knez ... focus puller: Yugoslavia
Eddie Knight ... best boy
Rolf Konow ... still photographer
Drago Ljubic ... key grip: Yugoslavia
Colin Manning ... grip
Tihomir Marcius ... gaffer: Yugoslavia (as Tihomir Marcijus)
Tomislav Marcius ... grip: Yugoslavia (as Tomica Marcijus)
Josip Marsic ... electrician: Yugoslavia
Josip Matausic ... grip: Yugoslavia
Goran Mecava ... focus puller: Yugoslavia
Zlatko Mrakovic ... still photographer
Eamonn O'Keeffe ... focus puller (as Eamonn O' Keeffe)
Stuart Reid ... generator operator
Sasha Rendulic ... clapper loader: Yugoslavia (as Sasa Rendulic)
Mike Roberts ... camera operator
Ante Rozic ... clapper loader: Yugoslavia
Nenad Teresak ... best boy: Yugoslavia
Dubravko Topol ... electrician: Yugoslavia
Vlado Ceh ... electrician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Tonka Duplancic ... wardrobe assistant: Yugoslavia
Drago Habazin ... wardrobe master: Yugoslavia
Yelena Mihalic ... costume supervisor: Yugoslavia
Helen Smith ... assistant to costume designer
Zeljko Zebec ... wardrobe master: Yugoslavia

Location Management

Zoran Blazevic ... location manager: Yugoslavia

Music Department

Nick Glennie-Smith ... musician: synthesizers
Brian Gulland ... composer: additional music
Austin Ince ... music engineer
Graham Preskett ... composer: additional music

Script and Continuity Department

Diana Dill ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Danijel Bjondic ... driver: Yugoslavia
Vedran Derek ... driver: Yugoslavia (as Vedran Djerek)
Goran Filipovic ... assistant transportation manager: Yugoslavia
Ante Gaspar ... driver: Yugoslavia
Miro Pogelsek ... driver: Yugoslavia
Mario Scherr ... transportation manager: Yugoslavia
Zdenko Sertic ... driver: Yugoslavia
Igor Sestric ... driver: Yugoslavia
Zeljko Stimac ... driver: Yugoslavia
Mladen Vragovic ... driver: Yugoslavia

Additional Crew

Zorislav Augustic ... production accountant: Yugoslavia
Ivica Boban ... mime choreographer
Josip Boljkovac ... auditor: Yugoslavia
Zlatko Bourek ... puppet master
Marsha S. Brooks ... legal counsel for Michael Brandman and Emanuel Azenberg: Colton, Hartnick, Yamin and Sheresky
Antun Cackovic ... crowd marshall: Yugoslavia
Peter Cotton ... production consultant: London
Vicki Deason ... production coordinator: London (as Vicki Manning)
Scott Dewees ... production accountant: Los Angeles
Thomas R. Distler ... legal counsel for Michael Brandman and Emanuel Azenberg: Colton, Hartnick, Yamin and Sheresky
Tanja Dragojlov ... production secretary: Yugoslavia
Velinka Ficor ... production coordinator: Yugoslavia
Goran Filipovic ... production runner: Yugoslavia
Zeljko Hren ... caterer: Yugoslavia
Mark Kaplan ... production staff: Los Angeles
Mark R. Lindsay ... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
Sveto Madzarevic ... customs coordinator: Yugoslavia
Jacky Matthews ... assistant to director
Ross Patton ... production staff: Los Angeles
Nina Zeckovic ... production secretary: Yugoslavia
Denis Cviticanin ... stand-in (uncredited)
Mark Sheffield ... cutting room engineer (uncredited)


Howard Brownstein ... thanks
Peter Dally ... thanks
Jorge Gallegos ... thanks
Zdravko Mihalic ... thanks
Buckley Norris ... thanks
Peter Rawley ... thanks
Adrian Scrope ... thanks
Dean Stolber ... thanks

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Plot Summary

Showing events from the point of view of two minor characters from Hamlet, men who have no control over their destiny, this film examines fate and asks if we can ever really know what's going on? Are answers as important as the questions? Will Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (or Guildenstern and Rosencrantz) manage to discover the source of Hamlet's malaise as requested by the new king? Will the mysterious players who are strolling around the castle reveal the secrets they evidently know? And whose serve is it? Written by Mark Thompson

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Also Known As
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern sont morts (France)
  • Rosenkranz & Güldenstern (Germany)
  • Rosencrantz y Guildenstern han muerto (Spain)
  • Мъртви поети (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Rosenkrans och Gyllenstjerna är döda (Sweden)
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  • 117 min
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Trivia Originally, the two leads (who appropriately spend the movie mixing up their own names) were cast the other way around. See more »
Goofs Throughout the movie there are scenes where day suddenly changes to night and vice versa. This is a running gag of Tom Stoppard plays which often have "time jumps" written into the stage directions. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Spisok korabley (2008). See more »
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Quotes Rosencrantz: Did you ever think of yourself as actually dead, lying in a box with a lid on it?
Guildenstern: No.
Rosencrantz: Nor do I, really. It's silly to be depressed by it. I mean, one thinks of it like being alive in a box. One keeps forgetting to take into account the fact that one is dead, which should make all the difference, shouldn't it? I mean, you'd never *know* you were in a box, would you? It would be just like you were asleep in a box. Not that I'd like to sleep in a box, mind you. Not without any air. You'd wake up dead for a start, and then where would you be? In a box. That's the bit I don't like, frankly. That's why I don't think of it. Because you'd be helpless, wouldn't you? Stuffed in a box like that. I mean, you'd be in there forever, even taking into account the fact that you're dead. It isn't a pleasant thought. Especially if you're dead, really. Ask yourself, if I asked you straight off, "I'm going to stuff you in this box. Now, would you rather be alive or dead?" naturally, you'd prefer to be alive. Life in a box is better than no life at all, I expect. You'd have a chance, at least. You could lie there thinking, "Well, at least I'm not dead. In a minute somebody is going to bang on the lid, and tell me to come out."
[bangs on lid]
Rosencrantz: "Hey you! What's your name? Come out of there!"
Guildenstern: [long pause] I think I'm going to kill you.
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