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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare [4]


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Born:April 23, 1564
Died:April 23, 1616 (52)
Filmography Rating:7.84 / 10
IMDB Rating:6.85 / 10
Amazon Rating:3.85 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:78.23%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
As You Like It [1936](372) => Writer / Play
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hamlet (Season 11 / Ep. 9) [1961](397) => Play
Much Ado About Nothing [1993](429) => Original Play
A Midsummer Night's Dream [1999](435) => Original Play

Trivia that mentions this person:
As You Like It [1936]
  • Little is known about the first performance (ca 1599), but tradition has it that William Shakespeare himself had the part of "Adam". The play was rarely performed thereafter for more than 100 years.
  • The play was an adaptation of the 1590 novel Rosalynde, Euphues' Golden Legacie, by [?] Thomas Lodge, who has been credited with giving William Shakespeare the title for his play.
    Mystery Men [1999]
  • The Shoveler's inspiring "egg salad" speech to the team is a spoof of William Shakespeare's St. Crispin's Day speech from Henry V; even going as far as saying "Those of us who survive this night will wear our scars proudly," much like Shakespeare wrote "Then will he strip his sleeves and show his scars."
    Twilight [2008]
  • Stephenie Meyer claims these authors partially inspired her: Jane Austen, Orson Scott Card, William Shakespeare, and Charlotte Brontė.
    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory [1971]
  • The lines to the song "Sweet lovers love the spring time... " are from William Shakespeare's play As You Like It.
  • The quote, "We are the music-makers... " is from [?] Arthur O'Shaughnessy's {Ode}, which also gave us the phrase "movers and shakers." The quotes "Where is fancy bred... " and "So shines a good deed... " are William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.
  • Among Wonka's lines are the following quotations, "Is it my soul that calls me by my name?" from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet; "All I ask is a tall ship and a star to sail her by" from the [?] John Masefield poem {Sea Fever}; "A thing of beauty is a joy forever" from [?] John Keats's {Endymion: A Poetic Romance}; and "Round the world and home again, that's the sailor's way!" from [?] William Allingham's {Homeward Bound}.
    Sherlock Holmes [2009]
  • The film contains numerous references and allusions to the Arthur Conan Doyle novels and stories. Including: "The game is afoot" ({The Abbey Grange}, as well as the original source of the phrase, William Shakespeare's Henry V); "Because I was looking for it" ({Silver Blaze}); "You have the grand gift of silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion" ({The Man with the Twisted Lip}); "Crime is common, logic is rare" ({The Adventure of the Copper Beeches}); "My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work" ({The Sign of the Four}); "It makes a considerable difference to me, having someone with me on whom I can thoroughly rely" ({The Boscombe Valley Mystery}); "Data, data, data. I cannot make bricks without clay" ({The Adventure of the Copper Beeches}), "...one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts" ({A Scandal in Bohemia}), and "There is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you" ({The Hound of the Baskervilles}).
  • After examining Lord Blackwood's coffin, the line that Holmes and Watson deliver in unison, "The game's afoot; follow your spirit: and upon this charge, cry--God for Harry! England and Saint George!" is from William Shakespeare's play Henry V.
    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [2011]
  • At the end of the train sequence, Watson says to Holmes, "Once more unto the breach". This is a line from a speech in Henry V by William Shakespeare. Much later in the play's speech, Henry V also exclaims, "The game is afoot", which Holmes used as a catchphrase in Arthur Conan Doyle's stories.
    Megamind [2010]
  • When Metro Man is discovered, Megamind at first believes he is a ghost and says "Speak, apparition." This line came from William Shakespeare's Hamlet (Scene 1, Act V).
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [1937]
  • Dopey initially was to talk with the voice of Mel Blanc, but was made mute instead. The same happened with Gideon in Pinocchio, though Blanc actually was the one who did the vocal effects for that. Some animators were opposed to the name Dopey, claiming that it was too modern a word to use in a timeless fairy tale. Walt Disney made the argument that William Shakespeare used the word in one of his plays. This managed to convince everyone, although any reference to the term "dopey" is yet to be found in any of Shakespeare's work.
    The Lion King [1994]
  • Besides inspirations from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the story also has elements of the Osirian family myths of Ancient Egyptian mythology. In the Osirian myths, the king (Mufasa/Osiris) is killed by his jealous brother (Scar/Seth) and the rightful heir (Simba/Horus) is sent into exile as a boy. The murdered king visits and mentors his son in ghostly visits and when the heir comes of age, he returns to exact revenge on his father's murderer. When he signed onto the film, Matthew Broderick (Adult Simba) thought this was an American version of the anime/manga [Kimba the White Lion], which followed a similar plot line. Despite repeated allegations of plagiarism of the Tezuka Productions' TV series [Kimba the White Lion], first shown in the 1960s, Disney maintain that all the similarities are coincidental.
    Quotes From/About William Shakespeare
    William ShakespeareWe know what we are, but know not what we may be.