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Love's Labour's Lost (2000)

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An update of the classic Shakespeare story, director Kenneth Branagh shot this movie like a classic 30s musical. The film tells the story of four best friends who swear off love.

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Kenneth Branagh

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Kenneth Branagh (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alessandro Nivola ... The King (Ferdinand)
Alicia Silverstone ... The Princess
Natascha McElhone ... Rosaline
Kenneth Branagh ... Berowne
Carmen Ejogo ... Maria
Matthew Lillard ... Longaville
Adrian Lester ... Dumaine
Emily Mortimer ... Katherine
Richard Briers ... Sir Nathaniel
Geraldine McEwan ... Holofernia
Stefania Rocca ... Jacquanetta
Jimmy Yuill ... Constable Dull
Nathan Lane ... Costard
Timothy Spall ... Armado
Anthony O'Donnell ... Moth
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Storyline

The King of Navarre and his three companions swear a very public oath to study together and to renounce women for three years. Their honour is immediately put to the test by the arrival of the Princess of France and her three lovely companions. It's love at first sight for all concerned followed by the men's highly entertaining but hopeless efforts to disguise their feelings. Written by Tender Branson

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Koi wa hito wo baka ni suru [Japan] See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sensuality and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Peines d'amour perdues See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£143,649 (United Kingdom), 2 April 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,496, 11 June 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$284,291, 9 July 2000
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Two thirds of Shakespeare's dialogue was sacrificed to make way for 10 Cole Porter songs. See more »

Goofs

While the movie's concentrating on what is obviously WW2, one of the paper shown announces the end of the war on November 11, which is in fact the date of the end of WW1 in 1918 (the end of WW2 being on May 8, 1945 in Europe and August 15 in Asia). See more »

Quotes

Longaville: Pray you sir, whose daughters?
Boyet: Their mothers', I have heard.
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Alternate Versions

The UK Region 2 DVD contains 5 deleted scenes:
  • The boys are arguing about the girls and about breaking the vows the made.
  • Moth, Constable Dull, Holofernia, Sir Nathaniel and Costard and discussing what to perform for the king, the princess and their company. They descide upon performing ^Óthe 9 worthies^Ô. Parts of this scene can be seen in the news reels.
  • The third extra scene is an extended version of the scene were the girls are discussing and mocking the gifts they received from the men. The extra parts are extra dialogue for Katherine and Rosaline. Katherine tells the story of a girl who died from melancholly. Rosaline has an extended part of dialogue in which she mocks the men and Berowne specifically.
  • There is a alternative scene for the masked dance scene more true to the story of Shakespeare. The boys dress up as Russians who specially came to visit the girls.
  • The fifth scene is the performance of 'the 9 worthies' by the supporting characters.
  • The UK Region 2 DVD does also contain various outtakes. Some of these were cut (ca. 4 seconds) to maintain the "U" rating.
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Connections

References Shall We Dance (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)
by Irving Berlin
Performed by Alicia Silverstone, Natascha McElhone, Emily Mortimer and Carmen Ejogo
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The most delightful and refreshing movie-going experience in AGES!
3 May 2000 | by Norway1See all my reviews

All of you who are expecting this to be the greatest thing Branagh has ever created may just be in for a shock. I start with this simply because I don't want anyone going in with their expectations too high because that almost ALWAYS ruins a movie. My advice: Just go in with the anticipation that this will be a delightful experience and a real treat.

Love's Labour's Lost is definitely the most refreshing movie that has been made in ages. It just soothes with charm and brings out the child in you. It has scenes that "normal" adults would almost be embarrassed to enjoy which forces out one's inner child to make you truly relax, be yourself and have fun. I refer mostly to the dancing and singing but also some tremendously hilarious scenes with the Spaniard Don Armando. Another highlight was Geraldine McEwan who played her small role as Holofernia perfectly! She was such a delight it was almost disappointing that she didn't have a bigger role. Everyone was perfectly cast from the Princess down to Dull the bobby (okay, I had my second thoughts about the Princess played by Alicia Silverstone, but I got over it and think she pulled the role of quite marvelously).

As everyone knows by now it was shot in the style of the classic musicals of the '30s and '40s. Even the opening credits are done EXACTLY like a film from that time (with a silky background and headshots of all the actors with their roles, much like Wizard of Oz - it even goes through the ENTIRE credits in the beginning - something unheard of in today's society). It's Much Ado About Nothing meets Singin' in the Rain (Really!). The songs all fit in so well it almost looks like they were written for this film.

When the first number started there was this big build-up (with the music) and then suddenly the four buddies stopped everything and switched into their dancing mode. It was so funny! I was impressed that they all could do the choreography (dance steps) so well!

There were several moments where the music sort of built up to a musical number (or so it sounded) and then there didn't come one, so it was quite exciting trying to predict when they actually were going to perform something and when it was just a cleaver trick. ;o)

I really could go on and on about this film because I truly loved it but I want to leave a few surprises in there for those who haven't yet seen it.

One final word of caution: The story is a bit shallow and would definitely not have stood it's own ground had it not been for Branagh's cleaver twist (the dancing and singing, etc.) to liven things up. Don't get me wrong the four buddies wishing to devote themselves solely to their studies and taking a vow was cleaver enough, but the "romance" side of it was shallow and the ending was a bit abrupt (IMHO).

If you like Shakespeare, musicals, romance, comedy and/or classic films this is definitely something for you. Take my word for it you will be thoroughly entertained!


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