Shakespeare in Love (1998)

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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.



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John Madden


Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard

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In one of the opening scenes, William Shakespeare has a cup on his desk which reads, "Stratford Upon Avon", Shakespeare's birthplace.


Hugh Fennyman: 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 sound of the tambourine, played by William Shakespeare with the musicians at the dance where he meets Viola, continues after he has stopped playing. However, given that Will was not originally part of the music group, it is reasonable to assume that there is a second tambourinist somewhere.


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Comedy | Drama | History | Romance

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