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Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.

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Mike Leigh

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Mike Leigh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Allan Corduner ... Arthur Sullivan
Dexter Fletcher ... Louis
Sukie Smith Sukie Smith ... Clothilde
Roger Heathcott Roger Heathcott ... Stage Doorkeeper
Wendy Nottingham Wendy Nottingham ... Helen Lenoir
Stefan Bednarczyk Stefan Bednarczyk ... Frank Cellier
Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Hutchings ... Armourer
Timothy Spall ... Richard Temple
Francis Lee ... Butt
William Neenan ... Cook
Adam Searle Adam Searle ... Shrimp
Martin Savage Martin Savage ... George Grossmith
Jim Broadbent ... William Schwenck Gilbert
Lesley Manville ... Lucy Gilbert (Kitty)
Kate Doherty ... Mrs. Judd
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

11 February 2000 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hertfordshire, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,718, 19 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,201,757, 21 May 2000
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Andy Serkis learned to play the violin for a scene which didn't make it to the final cut. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Gilbert is complaining about the telephone, he sits down twice. See more »

Quotes

Gilbert: I was unable to present you with the libretto until you returned from your Grand Tour of Europe.
Sullivan: That is neither here nor there.
Gilbert: No, Sullivan, indeed. I was here and you were there!
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Connections

Featured in The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

But Soft... / Why, Where Be Oi?
(1877)
from "The Sorcerer"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Performed by Martin Savage, Kevin McKidd, Shirley Henderson and chorus
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A must see..but only for certain parties.
23 February 2000 | by artsphreakSee all my reviews

I personally appreciated the film, mainly because I love musical theater. I also love G&S. However I think this movie is not for a mainstream audience. Leigh really goes into detail in this movie. There were some interesting behind the scenes stuff as well as full musical numbers.

I recommend it to musical theater fans because the costumes, musical numbers, and other aspects of theater were well played out. However if you know nothing about musical theater or hate it. I would stay away. It is way too long for the average joe. Few movies can get away with being so long. I think too that it could have been shorter.


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