Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 romantic period comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard, and produced by Harvey Weinstein. It stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck and Judi Dench.

Shakespeare in Love
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Madden
Written by
Produced by
CinematographyRichard Greatrex
Edited byDavid Gamble
Music byStephen Warbeck
Distributed by
Release date
  • 11 December 1998 (1998-12-11)
Running time
123 minutes[1]
CountriesUnited States[2]
United Kingdom[3]
Budget$25 million[4]
Box office$289.3 million[4]

The film depicts a fictional love affair involving playwright William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) and Viola de Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow) while Shakespeare was writing Romeo and Juliet. Several characters are based on historical figures, and many of the characters, lines, and plot devices allude to Shakespeare's plays.

Shakespeare in Love received acclaim from critics and was a box office success, grossing $289.3 million worldwide and was the ninth highest-grossing film of 1998. The film received numerous accolades, including seven Oscars at the 71st Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow), Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench), and Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

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