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.
In the first scene with William Shakespeare, we see him crumpling up balls of paper and throwing them around the room which land near props which represent or refer to other works by Shakespeare. The first lands next to a skull - a reference to Hamlet and the second ... ...
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?
Mr. Wabash the tailor as the Prince of Verona in the play within the film gives the final speech of the last Act ("Never was a story of more woe..."), then bows to the audience. In the side shot that follows, an audience member to his right is clearly applauding, but no sound is audible, as the scene is supposed to be uncomfortably silent while the actors wonder why the audience isn't applauding.
$4,224,426 (USA) (10 January 1999)
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