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.
Producer Edward Zwick was initially supposed to direct the film when Universal was involved. At that time Julia Roberts was cast as Viola, and the production got as far as having sets in the process of construction. However, Roberts had casting rights, and insisted on Daniel Day-Lewis. ... ...
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?
Biographical details of Shakespeare's life, especially his wife and children, ignored for the sake of dramatic license.
$224,012 (USA) (11 December 1998)
$100,241,322 (USA) (23 July 1999)
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