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Director: John Madden     Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow Joseph Fiennes
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Format: DVD
Sku: 220639814
UPC: 031398134664
UPC 14: 00031398134664
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Editor's Note
In this well-conceived Elizabethan comedy, writers Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman ask the question: Who was William Shakespeare's muse? The answer: Viola de Lesseps, a young noblewoman who dreams of acting on a man's stage. The screenwriters deliver a cleverly crafted scenario which beautifully illustrates both the early aspirations of the playwright, and a glimpse into the culture of Elizabethan theater. Colorful characters, like the Globe theater owner Henslow (played by Geoffrey Rush), the lead player in the troupe (Ben Affleck), and the Queen herself (Judi Dench), give the cast charm, wit, and feasibility. The young playwright who at the start of the film is experiencing writer's block bursts forth with a lyrical text inspired by the lovely and passionate Viola. Ultimately this film is about the making of a great play, but most importantly it is about the power of words.


Video Features DVD, Digital Audio

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/11/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 123 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video UPC UPC: 00031398134664
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gwyneth Paltrow
Video Cast Info Mark Williams
Video Cast Info Joseph Fiennes
Video Cast Info Colin Firth
Video Cast Info Judi Dench
Video Cast Info Jim Carter
Video Cast Info Ben Affleck
Video Cast Info Martin Clunes
Video Cast Info Tom Wilkinson
Video Cast Info Geoffrey Rush
Video Cast Info Simon Callow
Video Cast Info Antony Sher
Video Cast Info Imelda Staunton
Video Cast Info David Parfitt - Producer
Video Cast Info Stephen Warbeck - Composer
Video Cast Info Richard Greatrex - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Donna Gigliotti - Producer
Video Cast Info David Gamble - Editor
Video Cast Info Michelle Guish - Casting
Video Cast Info Martin Childs - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Harvey Weinstein - Producer
Video Cast Info Marc Norman - Producer
Video Cast Info Edward Zwick - Producer
Video Cast Info Sandy Powell - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Marc Norman - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Tom Stoppard - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info John Madden - Director

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"You can't miss with a movie that speaks the language of love with such hot-blooded delight....[SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE] spins delicious magic..." 01/21/1999 p.84

Sight and Sound
"...Style and subject are ideally matched....[Rush] is increasingly superb..." 02/??/1999 p.53-4

Entertainment Weekly
"...A romance of exuberant theatricality and wit....Infused with the lifeblood of Shakespeare's passion..." -- Rating: A 03/12/1999 p.45

USA Today
"...One of the year's smartest and funniest comedies..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 12/24/1998 p.4D

New York Times
"...It soars freely into the realm of invention, wittily weaving Shakespearean language and emotion into an intoxicatingly glamorous romance..." 12/11/1998 p.E16

Box Office
"...An inspired re-imagining of history and deft look at the relationship between art and life..." 01/01/1999 p.52

Los Angeles Times
"...Smoothly executed....[Fiennes] has the burning eyes and brooding demeanor appropriate for a lover, and he and Paltrow, flourishing once again under a British accent and doing her best work since EMMA, have a winning chemistry..." 12/11/1998 p.C1

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