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Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2 July 1993 (USA)
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Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.

Director:

Kenneth Branagh

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Kenneth Branagh (adaptation)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Briers ... Leonato
Kate Beckinsale ... Hero
Imelda Staunton ... Margaret
Jimmy Yuill ... Friar Francis
Brian Blessed ... Antonio
Andy Hockley Andy Hockley ... George Seacole
Chris Barnes Chris Barnes ... Francis Seacole
Conrad Nelson Conrad Nelson ... Hugh Oatcake
Phyllida Law ... Ursula
Emma Thompson ... Beatrice
Alex Lowe Alex Lowe ... Messenger
Denzel Washington ... Don Pedro
Keanu Reeves ... Don John
Richard Clifford ... Conrade
Gerard Horan Gerard Horan ... Borachio
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Storyline

Young lovers Hero and Claudio are to be married in one week. To pass the time, they conspire with Don Pedro to set a "lover's trap" for Benedick, an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner. Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. In the end, though, it all turns out to be "much ado about nothing." Written by Liza Esser <essereli@student.msu.edu>

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Taglines:

Romance. Mischief. Seduction. Revenge. Remarkable. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for momentary sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mucho ruido y pocas nueces See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,551,000
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the Oscar season in early 1994, the Samuel Goldwyn company spent ten million dollars campaigning the film to garner Oscar nominations. They sent bulky packets to all members of the Academy, and played up the film, in hopes of getting it on the final ballot. The effort was all for naught. The film, though highly acclaimed and (unusually for William Shakespeare) a box-office hit, received no Oscar nominations. See more »

Goofs

It might be thought that the accordion at the masquerade ball is an anachronism, as they were not invented until 1822. However, the film updates the setting of the play to the early nineteenth century, thereby making the accordion's presence plausible. See more »

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[first lines]
Beatrice: Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more. Men were deceivers ever. One foot in sea and one on shore, to one thing constant never. Then sigh not so but let them go and be you blithe and bonny, converting all your sounds of woe into hey nonny nonny.
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Version of Much Ado About Nothing (2012) See more »

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Strike Up Pipers
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Written by William Shakespeare
Performed by Patrick Doyle
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A beautiful film to enjoy
1 July 2004 | by angel_de_tourvelSee all my reviews

I saw this one or two years ago, and I loved it utterly. Not only has it a great cast including shakesperian actors Kenneth Brannagh and Emma Thompson, it also has a lovely, warm feel to it; set in the sunny countryside of Italy; perfect to watch on a summer's evening. Although I am a dedicated admirer of Laurence Olivier, the legend who's reputation Brannagh is often set up against; I must admit that nobody would ever suit the role of Benedick as Brannagh does He was perfect; fun, natural and wittily amusing to watch. As for Emma Thompson; she gave a fantastically fiery performance as Beatrice of the untamed tongue; watching she and Brannagh go for each other in their satirical arguments was fantastic.

Then there was Kate Beckindsale; one who I really would not have expected in a film such as this, but she did an exemplary and satisfying job as the fair Hero; although put completely in the shade by Emma Thompson. Keanu Reeves, the film star who I reckon NOBODY would have expected in a film such as this was surprisingly very good as the schemingly dark Don Jon, he suited the hiss-hiss villain's role deliciously. One who I thought could have been cast better was Robert Sean Leonard, as Claudio; who, although fine in scenes of wit and amusement; became forced in scenes of anger and sadness. Despite this, I thought he too suited the part well. I highly recommend this film to all who enjoy shakespeare, great English actors, or just good fun.


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