This excellent adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic features a full-length four hour long script with eye catching costumes and props. It is exactly like Shakespeare's original play, but it takes place in the 19th century rather than Shakespeare's time. What's even more interesting about this film is the number of movie stars are involved ranging from comedians like Billy Crystal and Robin Williams to film legends such as Charlton Heston to Richard Attenborough. The four hours it takes to view is certainly not wasteful; Kenneth Branaugh unquestionably uses Shakespeare's magnificent work in perfection and elegance.

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



Kenneth Branaugh, Julie Christie, Brian Blessed, Jack Lemmon, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Charlton Heston, Richard Attenborough

Directed by:

Kenneth Branaugh


1997 drama

Rated PG-13.


Don Ignacio's score: A

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