Shakespeare in Love

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Overview

William Shakespeare Joseph Fiennes is on a cold streak. Not only is he writing for Philip Henslowe Geoffrey Rush, owner of "The Rose," a theatre whose doors are about to be closed by sadistic creditors, but he's got a nasty case of writer's block. Shakespeare hasn't written a hit in years. In fact, he hasn't written much of anything recently. Thus, the Bard finds himself in quite a bind when Henslowe, desperate to stave off another round of hot-coals-to-feet application, stakes The Rose's solvency on ...
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Overview

William Shakespeare Joseph Fiennes is on a cold streak. Not only is he writing for Philip Henslowe Geoffrey Rush, owner of "The Rose," a theatre whose doors are about to be closed by sadistic creditors, but he's got a nasty case of writer's block. Shakespeare hasn't written a hit in years. In fact, he hasn't written much of anything recently. Thus, the Bard finds himself in quite a bind when Henslowe, desperate to stave off another round of hot-coals-to-feet application, stakes The Rose's solvency on Shakespeare's new comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter." The problem is, "Romeo" is safely "locked away" in Shakespeare's head, which is to say that not a word of it is written. Meanwhile, the lovely Lady Viola Gwyneth Paltrow is an ardent theatre-goer -- scandalous for a woman of her breeding -- who especially admires Shakespeare's plays and, not incidentally, Bill himself. Alas, she's about to be sold as property into a loveless marriage by her mercenary father and shipped off to a Virginia tobacco plantation. But not before dressing up as a young man and winning the part of Romeo in the embryonic play. Shakespeare soon discovers the deception and goes along with it, using the blossoming love affair to ignite his muse. As William and Viola's romance grows in intensity and spirals towards its inevitable culmination, so, too, does the farcical comedy about Romeo and pirates transform into the timeless tragedy that is Romeo and Juliet.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with Director John Madden; Audio commentary with cast and crew; Shakespeare in Love and on film; Academy Award-winning costumes; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer; Television spots
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
In a decade in which Shakespearean subjects had become increasingly popular, John Madden's Shakespeare In Love ripped the envelope and then some. Madden's treatment of Marc Norman's and Tom Stoppard's screenplay reminded audiences that Shakespeare's plays were works of flesh and blood, and their playwright a living, breathing human being who faced practical problems and used his best creative impulses, sometimes on the spur of the moment, to solve them. Joseph Fiennes's Shakespeare is a realistically human portrayal, the jumping-off point for one of the more robustly believable movie depictions of Elizabethan life, true to history in large measure, yet not afraid to allow some laughter and incorporate a historical conceit or two in telling its story. The movie won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Gwyneth Paltrow as Best Actress, and Judi Dench in a brief but memorable turn as Queen Elizabeth, revealed to be as quirkily and dimensionally human as Shakespeare himself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2012
  • UPC: 031398147657
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Miramax Lionsgate
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 19,908

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joseph Fiennes William Shakespeare
Gwyneth Paltrow Viola De Lesseps
Geoffrey Rush Philip Henslowe
Judi Dench Elizabeth I
Simon Callow Tilney, Master of the Revels
Colin Firth Lord Wessex
Imelda Staunton Nurse
Ben Affleck Ned Alleyn
Tom Wilkinson Hugh Fennyman
Jim Carter Ralph Bashford
Martin Clunes Richard Burbage
Rupert Everett Christopher Marlowe
Antony Sher
Technical Credits
John Madden Director
Linda Bruce Associate Producer
Martin Childs Production Designer
David Gamble Editor
Donna Gigliotti Producer
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
Julie Goldstein Executive Producer
Richard Greatrex Cinematographer
Michelle Guish Casting
Marc Norman Producer, Screenwriter
David Parfitt Producer
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Jill Quertier Set Decoration/Design
Mark Raggett Art Director
Deborah Saban Asst. Director
Tom Stoppard Screenwriter
Stephen Warbeck Score Composer
Harvey Weinstein Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Lisa Westcott Makeup
Edward Zwick Producer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny and light-hearted

    All of the actors were great. The costumes were great. I love period stuff.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Merrie Romp

    Twelfth Night Revisited ~~ Queen Elizabeth I once asked Shakespeare to write a play showing Falstaff in love. This play, "The Merrie Wives of Windsor" was performed at Christmas in London's Temple Church. Imagine ~ what if Queen Elizabeth had asked for a play showing Shakespeare in love? How would it have turned out? Would Will have been the buffoon that Falstaff is in "Merrie Wives"? Or would he have been a dashing romantic? Unfortunately {for history} we will never know. But, in "Shakespeare In Love" we finally see how irresistibly foolish, daring & resourceful Will would/might have been! The cast is superb and the "fantasy" is a witty & captivating, if whimsically irrevernt, peek into Shakespeare's world ~ in short, a play that could have been written by the Bard himself with Shakespeare's "Love" providing the inspiration for his greatest romance "Romeo and Juliet". Now, that is a play Queen Elizabeth I would have regally enjoyed in Temple Church!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A fantasy come to life

    This charming film fulfills the fantasy of innumerable writers, directors, actors, and English professors. What do all of these people have in common? They all love Shakespeare! And wouldn't it be great to be there at the source, and witness the true inspiration for Romeo and Juliet and be present at the very first performance, before everybody already knew what the ending was? Wow! In my opinion, Gwyneth Paltrow actually deserved the Oscar she won as Shakespeare's fictional love interest, Viola de Lesseps. She is great in both her male and female aspects of her role. What I really love about this movie, though, is that Tom Stoppard script is so fantastic--witty, intelligent, and confident--and it's wonderful to see all these amazing actors enjoying themselves so much. The opening scene, showing an impoverished Elizabethan theater owner (Geoffrey Rush) being shaken down by a loan shark (Tom Wilkinson), is unexpectedly hilarious, and the movie frolics on from there. And, even though Judi Dench is only on the screen for about 20 minutes, she owns the screen as Elizabeth I.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    A Shakespearian Romp

    Twelfth Night Revisited ~~ Queen Elizabeth I once asked Shakespeare to write a play showing Falstaff in love. This play, "The Merrie Wives of Windsor", was performed at Christmas in London's Temple Church. Imagine ~ what if Queen Elizabeth had asked for a play showing Shakespeare in love? How would it have turned out? Would Will have been the buffoon that Falstaff is in "Merrie Wives"? Or would he have been a dashing romantic? Unfortunately (for history) we will never know. But, in "Shakespeare In Love" we finally see how irresistibly foolish, daring & resourceful Will would/might have been! The cast is superb and the "fantasy" is a witty & captivating, if whimsically irrevernt, peek into Shakespeare's world ~ in short, a play that could have been written by the Bard himself with Shakespeare's "Love" providing the inspiration for his greatest romance "Romeo and Juliet". Now, that is a play Queen Elizabeth I would have regally enjoyed in Temple Church!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Story within a story

    Some people seem to have very strong reactions against this movie but I think its multifaceted story takes time to sink in. Imagine trying to take one of the greatest pieces of English literature - Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - and inventing an entire backstory to explain how and why it was written. Writer Stoppard (a playwright himself who certainly understands the ups and downs of writing a successful play) takes many memorable lines from the play and creatively inserts scenes, big and small, that provide "inspiration" for them. It is also refreshing to see historical England in a more light-hearted context. Hollywood tends to make most historical movies about grand events - political intrigue, war, violence - but this movie is both funny and touching, investing in a more intimate and intellectual history instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Timeless Piece

    As a high school who loves English-Related movies, this movie will always be in my memories! Gwenyth Paltrow was absolutely beautiful in this movie. Her leading partner was not too shabby himself. This is one of the best romantic movies I have ever seen(This is coming from a Romantic!)I can even say, it does not even deserve 5 stars, it deserves 10!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    14 year old and i love it!

    I love this movie! My english class watched some parts of it becuase were reading Romeo and Juilet and i wanted to see all of it and i was flipping through the TV staions and i saw this on and started to watch it . It was good! I mean for a student it helps you understand were Shakepspeare is trying to get with the play and it makes you even more into the play itself becuase you've seen it some what acted you understand it better. Well i liked it and if you want to learn more about the play and how he thought the ideas and costumes this would be a really good movie. The only thing thoufgh is theres some scences were 10 and under shouldnt see but there not that bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great movie

    This deserves a five star rating. Dench was great as Elizabeth, but Blanchett shined in 98's Elizabeth. Paltrow won the oscar, Cate shoould've gotten it. Great movie tho!!! Tessek ala Ra

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay movie that didn't deserve 1998 best picture award

    Decent flick but what I remember most about Shakespeare in Love was how it robbed Saving Private Ryan of the Best Picture award in 1998. Elizabeth was also a much superior film from 98 as well. It was one of those Oscar nights that will live in infamy as far as I'm concerned. Shakespeare just didn't float my boat I guess... and what is funniest of all is... my Wife would have given this flick 1 star! I liked it... she hated it. Whether you love it or not... it was simply not the best piece of work in 1998 end of story. While even now I hear people still talk about Saving Private Ryan... I don't even hear a peep about this film... it pretty much just faded away. Again... it's an okay flick just not Oscar worthy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    I loved this movie. it was way better than Elizabeth and Saving Private Ryan. the twist on Romeo and Juliet was fascinating and the Romantic level of this epic was equal to R & J the play. I love Joseph Fiennes and Paltrow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Picture....? -laughs-

    What a heap of garbage... Witty you say?? I LAUGH at the pathetic attempts at wit. I also LAUGH at Gwenyth Paltrow for her embarassing performance. I nearly shut this movie off on more than one occasion, though eventually convincing myself that it just couldn't possibly get any worse than this. And it did. The movie Elizabeth and Saving Private Ryan were literally robbed by this heap of trash. The only thing even slightly thought provoking in this movie were the costumes. That's it. Skip this movie if you have any taste in movies or good acting whatsoever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent twist to the classic Romeo and Juliet

    Thoroughly enjoyable acting combined with a witty and ironic telling of how Shakespear thought up his 'Romeo and Juliet' While William is in a writing slump Paltrow's character comes along and provides a spark to his muse, while their relationship is kept secret he uses his writing of the play to inflect upon his feelings. Incredibly well done. Recomendations: Moulan Rouge, Bounce, Sliding Doors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fabulous

    its the most fantastic movie i have ever seen and when i saw it once i kept on searching to find this movie and now i did i wont let go!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    This was a truly excellent movie with great actors, colorful clothing, and dances of the times that will take you back to the Renaissance for a couple of hours. Captivating and moving, I highly recommend this movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must-See!

    This movie is a wonderful mix between love, history, and the literature that impacted the world. Fiennes and Paltrow do an execellent job together, and I recommend this movie to any hopeless romantic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Romantic!

    A wonderful play comes to life! This is a wonderful movie about Will Shakespeare himself. Will love stop him from writing anymore?

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