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 line "Was this the face that launched a thousand ships?" that actors recite during the audition came from Christopher Marlowe's play "Doctor Faustus."
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.
$4,224,426 (USA) (10 January 1999)
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