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KA Anonymous Rating 3 out of 5


  • Roland Emmerich


  • Rhys Ifans
  • Rafe Spall
  • Vanessa Redgrave
  • David Thewlis


Director Roland Emmerich changes gear from the blockbusting action of Independence Day and Godzilla to fashion a tale of Elizabethan intrigue that suggests it was Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans) who penned the greatest works in English literature and merely employed an attention-seeking actor named William Shakespeare (Rafe Spall) to take the credit. Here the explosions are in the court scandals and illicit trysts, in the bursting bodices, the sword-fights, the evil advisers and the battle for the throne.

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