• Shakespeare in Love (1998)

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Release Date: December 25th, 1998

DVD Release Date: August 10th, 1999

R|2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary
"Shakespeare in Love" is a romantic comedy for the 1990s set in the 1590s. It imaginatively unfolds the witty, sexy and timeless tale behind the creation of the greatest love story ever told. A young Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is out of cash and ideas, he meets his ideal woman and she inspires him to write one of his most famous plays.

Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush, Judi Dench, Simon Callow, Colin Firth, Imelda Staunton, Antony Sher

Director: John Madden

Genres: Romantic comedy

Production Co: Miramax Films, Bedford Falls Productions, Universal Pictures

Distributors: Miramax Films

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  • Some scholars may scowl, some lowbrows may scoff. But, like wordwise Will, these filmmakers know how to win a crowd -- from the queen down to the groundlings, from the sky above to the stage below. Bravo! [5 December 1998, Friday, p.A]

  • If she (Paltrow) were the only good thing about Shakespeare in Love, it still would have been worth seeing; that she is the crown jewel in a glittering tiara of a film studded with writing and acting gems testifies to the deep pleasures to be found in this remarkable movie. show more

  • I was carried along by the wit, the energy and a surprising sweetness. show more

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