Shakespeare in Love

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

Keywords: Amusing , Love interest , Rise , England , Love , Engaging , Pursuit , Inspiring ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    New York Post

    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

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    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]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

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

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Awards

Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Winner Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Winner Costume Design
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Music (Original Music or Comedy Score)
Winner Best Picture
Nominated Cinematography
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Art Direction
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Sound
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Makeup
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture