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 name of Antony Sher's character, Dr. Moth, may be a nod to Moth, one of the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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?
In the 1590s, Wessex owns "tobacco plantations in America". There were neither tobacco plantations nor English colonies in America in the 1590s. The Roanoke colony at North Carolina (called Virginia at the time) failed in 1587, and tobacco monoculture did not begin in Virginia until after 1607. The filmmakers knew this.
$4,224,426 (USA) (10 January 1999)
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