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Shakespeare in Love [Blu-ray] [1998]

  • SKU: 4569605
  • Release Date: 01/31/2012
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    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



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 23 reviews

    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!

      Posted
      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: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

      Posted
      GinaE
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      I haven't seen this movie in quite a while so when I watched it again - I forgot how fabulous it was! It's funny, romantic, beautifully acted and well written.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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