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Bill (2015)

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What really happened during Shakespeare's 'Lost Years'? Hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves his home to follow his dream.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathew Baynton ... William 'Bill' Shakespeare / Lord Burghley / English Messenger / Customs Official
Simon Farnaby ... Earl of Croydon / Juan Domingo / Sausage / Dmitri Alexandrovitch / Fur Seller
Martha Howe-Douglas ... Anne Hathaway / Molly / Spanish Courtier / Body Collector
Jim Howick ... Christopher Marlowe / Gabriel Montoya / Cynical Jester / Palace Doorman / Mysterious Man / Even Grubbier Thief / Party Planner
Laurence Rickard ... Sir Francis Walsingham / Lope Lopez / Stand-Up Jester / Chatty Guard / Slightly Late Courtier / Ian / Hanging Criminal / Chicken Drumstick
Ben Willbond ... King Phillip II of Spain / Earl of Southampton / Grubby Thief / Alexander Dimitrievitch / Head of Guards
Helen McCrory ... Queen Elizabeth I
Damian Lewis ... Sir Richard Hawkins
David Crow David Crow ... Ramon
Rufus Jones ... Sir Walter Raleigh
Justin Edwards ... Sir Francis Drake
John Henry Falle John Henry Falle ... Miguel
Jamie Demetriou ... Sergio
Richard Atwill Richard Atwill ... Sevi
George Hewer George Hewer ... Spanish Servant #1
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A down on his luck William "Bill" Shakespeare decides to pursue his latest dream: to be an aspiring writer. His adventure soon becomes dangerous when he is caught between a act of murder.

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Comedy | Family | History

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Official Sites:

BBC Films [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Билл See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$896,929
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Trivia

The ghost sequence was not achieved using digital or optical effects. It was captured 'in camera', using a Victorian stage technique called 'Pepper's Ghost': Jim Howick's performance was reflected onto a sheet of angled glass, positioned in front of the camera, while Mat Baynton performed behind the glass. See more »

Goofs

When Bill is being chased out of The Quill and the Rapier by Walsingham's men, the zipper on the back of his pants is visible. See more »

Quotes

Juan Domingo: [Responding to the on stage arrival of Bill] What the Hell?
Earl of Croydon: What the Hell?
King Phillip II of Spain: What the Hell?
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Connections

Featured in Projector: Miss You Already/Bill (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Roll Out The Barrels
Written by Lew Brown, Wladimir A. Timm (as Vladimir Timm), Jaromir Vejvoda and Vasek Zeman
Published by Shapiro Bernstein & Co. Limited / EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by Richard Atwill, David Crow, Jamie Demetriou, Simon Farnaby & Laurence Rickard
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A Hilarious, Historical Comedy
26 March 2017 | by thelegendoftoesesSee all my reviews

I absolutely loved this film! It was incredibly funny, yet had some very heartfelt moments to it as well. The cast was great, and the jokes were just my brand of humor, although I know it's not for everyone. I love this group in Horrible Histories and Yonderland, but this has something neither of those have, it can be emotional at times, and the friendships and romance (singular) are one of the best parts of the film. A few of the reviews I've read here have been fairly negative, but I can say, I didn't like it all that much the first time I watched it, but on the second viewing I was able to experience the more subtler jokes and I fell in love. I suggest you watch it, as it is a great film for kids and Adults alike.


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