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Much Ado About Nothing

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Original title
Much Ado About Nothing
Running time
110 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Kenneth Branagh (Theater: William Shakespeare)
Patrick Doyle
Roger Lanser
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Samuel Goldwyn Company
Comedy. Romance | 17th Century
Movie Groups
Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing
Synopsis / Plot
When gallant Don Pedro (Denzel Washington), his nefarious brother Don John (Keanu Reeves), and close confidantes Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard) and Benedick (Kenneth Branagh) ride thunderously into the village of Messina, romance, gaiety, and suspicion abound. The men have returned safely from a war, and soon everyone in the sun-drenched villa is abuzz with thoughts of love. Claudio, enamored of the purity of the nubile Hero (Kate Beckinsale), entreats Don Pedro to woo the maiden on his behalf that evening at a masked ball. Once hes managed the successful betrothal of Hero to Claudio, Don Pedro has another plot in mind: he plans to trick Heros bantering cousin Beatrice (Emma Thompson) and sworn bachelor Benedick into acknowledging theyve fallen in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, driven by contempt for his compatriots, has hatched a plot of his own: to fool Claudio and Don Pedro into believing Hero is unchaste. The plot works perfectly: sensitive but volatile Claudio denounces her publicly on their wedding day. All seems lost, and soon the attempts to set things right include a formal duel, a scheming friar, a mock memorial and a gaggle of bumbling constables.
1993: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
1993: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palm d'Or (best film)
1993: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Best Costume Design
1993: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actress (Emma Thompson)
1993: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Feature and Best Female Lead (Thompson)
1993: Razzie Awards: Nominated for Worst Supporting Actor (Reeves)
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