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Anonymous (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 28 October 2011 (UK)
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The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Earl of Oxford
... Queen Elizabeth I
... Ben Jonson
... William Shakespeare
... William Cecil
... Robert Cecil
... Earl of Southampton
... Earl of Essex (as Sebastian Reid)
... Young Earl of Oxford
... Young Queen Elizabeth I
Paolo De Vita ... Francesco
... Christopher Marlowe
... Thomas Dekker
... Thomas Nashe
... Captain Richard Pole
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Storyline

Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, is presented as the real author of Shakespeare's works. Edward's life is followed through flashbacks from a young child, through to the end of his life. He is portrayed as a child prodigy who writes and performs A Midsummer Night's Dream for a young Elizabeth I. A series of events sees his plays being performed by a frontman, Shakespeare. Written by Anonymous

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Was Shakespeare a Fraud?

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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28 October 2011 (UK)  »

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Anónimo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,012,768, 30 October 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,463,292

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,395,087
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Trivia

Derek Jacobi (Prologue) and Mark Rylance (John Condell) are supporters of the Oxfordian theory (on which the film's plot is based) in real life. See more »

Goofs

The music at Oxford's wedding in 1571 is Mozart's Requiem, composed in 1791. However, at the time of protestant Elizabeth I, music was not performed at weddings at all. Furthermore, Mozart's requiem is reserved for solemn occasions such as funerals and would never be played at a wedding, protestant or otherwise. Regardless of these facts, it is simply part of the movie's soundtrack, and it is not implied that the musicians in the film are playing it. See more »

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Robert Cecil: Plays are the work of the devil - born from a cesspool of plague, whoredom, thievery, fornication, and heresy.
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Crazy Credits

Apart from the production companies, the only opening credit is the movie's title, displayed on the marquee of the prologue's theater. See more »

Connections

Featured in Great Movie Mistakes IV (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Night of the Long Knives
Written by Byrd & David Hirschfelder (as Hirschfelder)
Performed by David Hirschfelder
Courtesy of The Decca Music Group
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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Wow! You've got to see this. Whether true or not, it's a fascinating film.
19 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

Everyone in our theater was so mesmerized by this many-layered plot that no one even got up to go the bathroom. My head was spinning a bit, trying to keep up with who was related to whom, but I loved every minute of it.

And I know the cast is highly pedigreed because I recognized some of the actors in the plays from a live performance of Shakespeare the Old Globe Theater troupe gave at UCLA a few years ago while the Old Globe was being renovated. Annette Bening was in the audience that night, so it was a pretty cool evening all around.

After the movie I was at a restaurant next to the theater and I heard a woman say, "I just saw that Shakespeare movie and I'm in a daze."

Go see it and you will be, too. I think I need to see it a few more times to pick up all the fascinating details.


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