Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

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Released 1990

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Director:
Tom Stoppard
Released:
1990
Rating:
PG
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is a clever, witty and deep film derived from the play of the same name. Inspired by two minor characters from Shakespeare's "Hamlet," it is written and directed by Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love). Rosencrantz (Gary Oldman) and Guildenstern (Tim Roth) enter Hamlet's castle. They watch scenes and events drawn from "Hamlet," but do not fully understand what is going on, although viewers familiar with Shakespeare know exactly what is happening. They have no input on the events that affect their lives, just as in Shakespeare's play. They know something is not quite right with the Prince of Denmark (Iain Glen.) They observe a great deal, but can understand little and are able to do even less. After exploring some existential issues while also playing with scientific discoveries and unknowingly referencing the Bard, they board a ship with Hamlet. All three meet their surprising destinies.

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