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Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds... who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.


Studio Sony
SKU 226692174
UPC 043396394346
UPC 14 00043396394346
Format DVD
Release Date 5/21/2013
Rating Rating
Period Piece
Editors Note
Note Director Roland Emmerich takes a break from his long string of big-budget disaster films with ANONYMOUS, a historical drama that suggests Shakespeare was a fraud. Edward de Vere (Rhys Ifans) is an aristocrat who yearns to write poetry and plays, but due to social and political constraints, he is forced to use a front for his political-minded works because they subtly encourage Queen Elizabeth to alter her plan for succession in a way that is in direct opposition to her most-trusted political advisers. When drunken, illiterate, fame-hungry actor William Shakespeare (Rafe Spall) passes off the plays as his own, de Vere finds his man, but eventually he is blackmailed when the morally dubious thespian wants more and more. ANONYMOUS screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Box Office 4 stars out of 5 -- "What works in ANONYMOUS is that Emmerich's first focus is the plot. Fleet and fascinating, he convinces the audience that this centuries-old half-true melodrama demands attention." 09/16/2011
Los Angeles Times "There are palace intrigues, beddings and beheadings, and lots of well-staged theater. Rhys Ifans turns out to be the best surprise of all..." 10/28/2011
Movieline "[W]ith some clever casting and a few very fine performances at its core." 10/27/2011
Sebastian Armesto
David Thewlis
Rhys Ifans
Rafe Spall
Cast & Crew
Sebastian Armesto - Star
David Thewlis - Star
Rhys Ifans - Star
Rafe Spall - Star
Vanessa Redgrave - Star
Joely Richardson - Co-Star
Mark Rylance - Co-Star
Rainer Guldener - Co-Star
Christian Sengewald - Co-Star
Trystan Wyn Putter - Co-Star
Helen Baxendale - Co-Star
Ned Dennehy - Co-Star
Lloyd Hutchinson - Co-Star
John Keogh - Co-Star
Tony Way - Co-Star
Nic Romm - Co-Star
Julian Bleach - Co-Star
Paolo DeVita - Co-Star
Detlef Bothe - Co-Star
Gode Benedix - Co-Star
Xavier Samuel - Co-Star
Jamie Campbell Bower - Co-Star
Timo Huber - Co-Star
Alex Hassell - Co-Star
Paula Schramm - Co-Star
Axel Sichrovsky - Co-Star
Henry Lloyd-Hughes - Co-Star
Katrin Pollit - Co-Star
Jasper Britton - Co-Star
Nick Sandow - Co-Star
Patrick Diemling - Co-Star
Edward Hogg - Co-Star
Trystan Gravelle - Co-Star
Vicky Krieps - Co-Star
Robert Emms - Co-Star
Sebastian Reid - Co-Star
Michael Brown - Co-Star
James Garnon - Co-Star
Amy Kwolek - Co-Star
Luke Taylor - Co-Star
Isaiah Michalski - Co-Star
Richard Durdan - Co-Star
James Clyde - Co-Star
Jean-Loup Fourure - Co-Star
Viktoria Gabrysch - Co-Star
Patricia Grove - Co-Star
Laura LoZito - Co-Star
Patrick Heyn - Co-Star
Craig Salisbury - Co-Star
Andre Kaczmarczyk - Co-Star
Jonas Hammerle - Co-Star
Leonard Kinzinger - Co-Star
Mike Maas - Co-Star
Harald Kloser - Composer
Rainer Werner - Stunt Coordinator
Hubert Bartholomae - Sound
Hubert Bartholomae - Sound Re-Recording
Gerd Feuchter - Special Effects Supervisor
Anna Foerster - Director of Photography
John Orloff - Screenwriter
John Orloff - Story
Stephan O. Gessler - Supervising Art Director
Bjorn Rehbein - Makeup Designer
Simon Boucherie - Set Decorator
Heike Merker - Hairstylist
Daniela Skala - Hairstylist
Daniela Skala - Makeup
Rolf Hanke - Special Effects
Till Hertrich - Special Effects
Marcus Schmidt - Special Effects
Miki Emmrich - Production Manager/UPM
Sabine Schumann - Hairstylist
Sabine Schumann - Makeup
Christiane Weber - Hairstylist
Christiane Weber - Makeup
Christopher Doll - Assistant Director
Thomas Wander - Composer
Helmut Ruhl - Hairstylist
Helmut Ruhl - Makeup
Christopher Berg - Post-Production Supervisor
Anna Evenkamp - Hairstylist
Anna Evenkamp - Makeup
Julia Lechner - Hairstylist
Julia Lechner - Makeup
Gonzalo Ortega - Special Effects
Gabriela Dumitrescu - Choreographer
Uncharted Territory - Visual Effects Designer
Derek Jacobi - Co-Star
Shaun Lawton - Co-Star
Roland Emmerich - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2011
UPC 00043396394346
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 130 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Because of the ingenious screenplay by John Orloff, precise direction by Roland Emmerich and the casting of memorable British actors, you can walk into the theater as a blank slate, follow and enjoy the story, and leave convinced - if of nothing else - that Shakespeare was a figure of compelling interest.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Widescreen, English, French
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic Tremendously entertaining.
James Berardinelli's ReelViews well-paced and never threatens to bore or become too scholarly.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter ...takes the viewer on a breathtaking ride through ye olde London.

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