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.



  • Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes in Shakespeare in Love (1998)
  • Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love (1998)
  • Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love (1998)
  • Marilu Henner at an event for Shakespeare in Love (1998)
  • Director John Madden
  • Ben Affleck at an event for Shakespeare in Love (1998)

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John Madden


Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard

Did You Know?


By winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth, Dame Judi Dench completed an odd Academy Award first. She and Charles Laughton, who had won an Oscar for playing the title role in The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933), became the first acting pair to win Oscars for portraying a parent and child in ... ...


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?


One of the main plots involves William Shakespeare creating the story of Romeo & Juliet, making it up as he goes along. In fact, these characters and their basic story were written about before Shakespeare was born, and he was adapting the older tale for the stage. The filmmakers knew this.


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Comedy | Drama | History | Romance

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