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Anonymous (2011)

Rhys Ifans , Vanessa Redgrave , Roland Emmerich  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall
  • Directors: Roland Emmerich
  • Writers: John Orloff
  • Producers: Charlie Woebcken, Christoph Fisser, Henning Molfenter, John Orloff, Kirstin Winkler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0068MNO4S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,307 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anonymous" on IMDb

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Commentary with Director Roland Emmerich and Writer John Orloff
Who Is The Real William Shakespeare?

Editorial Reviews

Historical romp Anonymous takes an academic controversy (did the man named Shakespeare write the plays attributed to him?) and whips it into a lurid melodrama, crammed with political intrigue, heaving bosoms, flashing swordplay, conspiracies, forced marriage, incest, and more. Towards the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans, Enduring Love), seeks an outlet for his poetic drive: he tries to get the playwright Ben Jonson (Sebastian Armesto) to present his plays as Jonson's own. Jonson is reluctant to undercut his own work… but his friend, a vainglorious illiterate actor by the name of William Shakespeare (Rafe Spall), happily claims the glory when Oxford's plays prove hugely popular. But the real story of Anonymous isn't about authorship, it's about machinations to capture the throne of England when Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave) dies. Wily counselors vie with dashing secret heirs, royal dallying leads to shocking secrets, and supposedly the plays are inextricably caught up in it all--except that they're not, really, and so Anonymous, for all its clever plotting and lush production values, falls flat by the end. Still, it's an enjoyable confection up to then, and showcases some lovely (if woefully historically inaccurate--the mosh-pit moment is delightfully preposterous) presentations of bits of the plays. Also featuring David Thewlis (Naked) and Joely Richardson, daughter of Ms. Redgrave, playing the younger Elizabeth. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds... who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Anglophiles
Great movie...the acting, cinematography, costuming, and locales were excellent. There was a lot of intrigue but it was a little more violent than I expected. Read more
Published 1 day ago by nwdiva
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie.
Published 6 days ago by JorgeLamo
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see.
Gloriously beautiful and fun combination of facts, plausible theories and fiction.
Published 14 days ago by Lynda Radican
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Loved this movie, would recommend this movie for a great night's viewing!
Published 16 days ago by Anne M. Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item arrived on time and as expected.
Published 27 days ago by Mike Lask
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely movie, especially if you're into the mystery surrounding the identity of Shakspeare.
Published 1 month ago by Valerie Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars The acting is very good and with most Shakespearean plots there is...
What an interesting take on the Shakespeare tale. The acting is very good and with most Shakespearean plots there is always a twist that you didn't see coming.
Published 1 month ago by orangemoon
4.0 out of 5 stars To Believe or Not Believe
A radical portrait of Elizabethan England's political context vis a vis Shakespeare's craft well presented with an original script of its own. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James Sutherland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really like this movie.
Published 1 month ago by The Fam
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a great movie
Entertaining and thought provoking twist on Shakespear.
Published 1 month ago by caroline colman
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