Lively romantic comedy about a frustrated Elizabethan playwright suffering from writer's block--who just happens to be William Shakespeare (Fiennes). Will owes a comedy to bankrupt theatre manager Henslowe (Rush) but just can't come up with a suitable story. His creative (and other) juices are sparked by wealthy beauty Viola De Lesseps (Paltrow), who so loves the theatre that she disguises herself as a boy in order to act. (Women are forbidden to be seen on the stage.) But their affair is bittersweet since Viola is about to be married. Ah well, at least Will comes up with "Romeo and Juliet." Terrific script, fine performances, spectacular costumes and cinematography, and you don't have to be a Shakespeare scholar to enjoy yourself.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 122 minutes.
Oscars 1998: Actress (Paltrow), Art Dir./Set Dec., Costume Des., Orig. Screenplay, Picture, Support. Actress (Dench), Orig. Mus./Comedy Score; British Acad. 1998: Film, Film Editing, Support. Actor (Rush), Support. Actress (Dench); Golden Globes 1999: Actress--Mus./Comedy (Paltrow), Film--Mus./Comedy, Screenplay; MTV Movie Awards 1999: Kiss (Joseph Fiennes/Gwyneth Paltrow); N.Y. Film Critics 1998: Screenplay; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1998: Support. Actress (Dench); Screen Actors Guild 1998: Actress (Paltrow), Cast; Writers Guild 1998: Orig. Screenplay; Broadcast Film Critics 1998: Orig. Screenplay.
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