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.
Dame Judi Dench won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role as Queen Elizabeth, although she is on-screen for only about six minutes in four scenes. This is the second-shortest performance to win a Best Actress in a Supporting Role... ...
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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