Shakespeare in Love [Blu-ray] [1998]

  • SKU: 4569605
  • Release Date: 01/31/2012
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (22 out of 23)

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

Synopsis


Shakespeare in Love
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. ~ Merle Bertrand, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Joseph Fiennes
    Joseph Fiennes - William Shakespeare
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
    Gwyneth Paltrow - Viola De Lesseps
  • Geoffrey Rush
    Geoffrey Rush - Philip Henslowe
  • Judi Dench
    Judi Dench - Elizabeth I
  • Simon Callow
    Simon Callow - Tilney, Master of the Revels



Overall customer rating

4.7
96%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Most worthy of Shakespeare!

    Posted
    DonInHaslett
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    This movie is fantastic and was certainly worthy of the Best Picture Oscar it won for 1998. It is timeless Shakespeare and the two lead actors give marvelous performances. Also, the supporting characters are all wonderful and believable. It is certainly a must see movie for anyone over 17.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not great, but good

    Posted
    irishpink86

    The film is better than most historical fiction that tries to stay so close to a particular individual. I think this is one of those movies that if the premise sounds good to you, or you have an interest in Shakespeare, you should check out. Otherwise, stay away.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this movie

    Posted
    cchogz
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    If you are into love stories, shakespeare, or just a sucker for a good movie like me then I am sure you will love this movie. It has some general facts but is by no means a documentary! It is not meant to be. It is just a great movie for entertainment sake

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie for romantics

    Posted
    PJM4
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    I have seen this movie so many times, so when I saw it on Blu-Ray for a good price I bought it. It is a great story about how much love concurs all. I would recommend this to any romantic, or someone who loves Shakespeare.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

    Posted
    KDev
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    Beautiful and well done movie. It's has humor and romance. Its extra fun if you're familiar with Shakespeare's plays to get all the references to them. Highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Romantic comedy movie

    Posted
    Wolf67
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    I loved all of the Shakespeare movies so to find something that is new yet related was a great find. Enjoyed the characters and plot. I boughtit for my grandmother whois an avid movie watcher.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Earned its Best Picure Oscar!

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    MovieFan
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    Imaginative back story with lots of humor to Shakespeare's personal life interacting with his pioneering playwriting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic

    Posted
    Lovelace11
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    The timing of the comedy is just perfect! Maybe a bit of a chic flick; but it’s truly great for all genders! Love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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