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.
Henslow and Fennyman talk about paying the writer and actors. "Share of the profits," Fennyman suggests. "There's never any", responds Fennyman. This is in reference to the modern-day film practice of promising actors a share of a film's profits, ... ...
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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