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Rated R · 113 minutes · 1998

Comedy, Romance

A witty, fast-moving romantic comedy set in London in 1593, follows the trials and tribulations of Will Shakespeare, a struggling young playwright suffering from a dreadful bout of writer's block. No matter how hard he tries, he just can't seem to make any headway with his latest work, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter." Somehow, even the title doesn't sound quite right. But then, Will meets and falls instantly in love with the startlingly beautiful Viola who, desperate to become an actor (in a time when women are not allowed to perform in the theater), disguises herself as a man to audition for his play. Inspired by love, Will's creative powers are unleashed as his great love story, "Romeo and Juliet," is brought to life for the first time.

Director: John Madden
Writer: Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman
Producer: David Parfitt
Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth and Ben Affleck

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