R | | Comedy, Drama, History
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.
The film cast includes five Oscar winners, though three would not win until after the film was released: Gwyneth Paltrow, Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, and Ben Affleck; and two Oscar nominees: Tom Wilkinson and Imelda Staunton.
Henslowe! Do you know what happens to a man who doesn't pay his debts? His boots catch fire!
Hugh Fennyman: Why do you howl when it is I who am bitten?
Shakespeare is at a tavern early on in the film. The tavern has glass "onion" shaped wine bottles on a shelf. These bottles of the "onion" variety did not exist until the late 17th, early 18th century.
$224,012 (USA) (11 December 1998)
$100,241,322 (USA) (23 July 1999)
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