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Shakespeare in Love (1998)

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

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Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to both Philip Henslow and Richard Burbidge but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing. He is in search of his muse, the woman who will inspire him but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. She is also a great admirer of Shakespeare's works. Dressing as a man and going by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon sees through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily for them as he is already married and she has been promised to the dour Lord Wessex. As the company rehearses his new play, Will and Viola's love is transferred to the written page leading to the masterpiece that is ... Written by garykmcd

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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,224,426 (USA) (10 January 1999)

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$100,317,794 (USA)
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Trivia

In the House of Ill Repute when Ralph (Jim Carter) is explaining to the waitress what the play is about and he says it is "about this nurse . . ." That is a reference to a line in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead explaining that Hamlet is a play about a gravedigger who meets a Prince. See more »

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In the final credits, the clouds in sky don't move or change shape at all for the whole length of the shot; revealing that a still picture is used in the background. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Philip Henslowe: [screams in pain]
Hugh Fennyman: Henslowe! Do you know what happens to a man who doesn't pay his debts? His boots catch fire!
Philip Henslowe: [screams]
Hugh Fennyman: Why do you howl when it is I who am bitten?
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Spoofed in George Lucas in Love (1999) See more »

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The Play & the Marriage
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Written by Stephen Warbeck
Performed by Catherine Bott
Conducted by Nick Ingman
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I guess the Razzie winners and Oscar winners got mixed up
16 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

WHAT WAS THIS FILM EVEN DOING AT THE Oscars?!?

If ever there was a film that didn't deserve any accolades, this is it. Possibly the most trite, predictable script to come out of the Hollywood cookie-cutter this year, and Hollywood once again displays its vapidity and lauds it. Ridiculous.

Maybe even worse than the Best Picture travesty, was the Best Actress Oscar for Gwyneth Paltrow. I didn't think that the criteria for Best Actress was smiling demurely and showing off your breasts a lot. Sadly enough, that's what it appears to have become. Cate Blanchett deserved the Oscar so much more, as least to anyone to half a brain. However, you don't see her chest in the movie, so no Oscar. Disgusting.

Tom Stoppard must have had a serious off day when he wrote this. I can't believe this is the same guy who wrote "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead". I only hope that it was a joke, or maybe he lost a bet. Depressing.

Worst movie of the year? Maybe not, but definitely a contender, and by far the most overrated movie of the decade.


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