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. When he passed on the project, it fell through. When Miramax finally went ahead with the project, Harvey Weinstein decided to not hire Zwick to direct the film. However, Zwick's production company, Bedford Falls, remained involved.
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?
The audio for the choirboys at the church service is a line ahead of the visual.
The Region 2 DVD contains some deleted scenes:
$4,224,426 (USA) (10 January 1999)
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