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Anonymous [Blu-ray] [2011]

Release Date:02/07/2012

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Commentary with Director Roland Emmerich and Writer John Orloff
    • Deleted scenes
    • Who is the real William Shakespeare?
    • Extended & alternate scenes
    • Speak the speech...
    • More than special effects


    Director Roland Emmerich takes a break from his long string of big-budget disaster films with Anonymous, a historical drama that suggests Shakespeare was a fraud. Edward de Vere (Rhys Ifans) is an aristocrat who yearns to write poetry and plays, but due to social and political constraints, he is forced to use a front for his political-minded works because they subtly encourage Queen Elizabeth to alter her plan for succession in a way that is in direct opposition to her most-trusted political advisers. When drunken, illiterate, fame-hungry actor William Shakespeare (Rafe Spall) passes off the plays as his own, de Vere finds his man, but eventually he is blackmailed when the morally dubious thespian wants more and more. Anonymous screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Rhys Ifans
      Rhys Ifans - Earl of Oxford
    • Vanessa Redgrave
      Vanessa Redgrave - Queen Elizabeth I
    • Sebastian Armesto
      Sebastian Armesto - Ben Johnson
    • Rafe Spall
      Rafe Spall - William Shakespeare
    • David Thewlis
      David Thewlis - William Cecil

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