Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Director: Tom Stoppard Cast: Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss


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Much as he would later do with Shakespeare in Love (1998), writer Tom Stoppard delivered a tale of Shakespearean origin from a skewed and unexpected perspective. In this case, it's the perspective of two relatively minor characters from Hamlet, Rosencrantz (Gary Oldman) and Guildenstern (Tim Roth), courtiers who, in the original play, were dispatched offstage before the narrative's conclusion. In Stoppard's script (which he also directed), the two supporting players take center stage as the events unfold in Elsinore Castle. Unable to determine the source of the prince's tortured despair, the duo ponders the question of fate as their predetermined roles are played out. Meanwhile, they dabble in a little verbal tennis and some ill-advised science experiments, and endure the puzzling attentions of mysterious wandering thespians led by (Richard Dreyfuss). Ordered to accompany Hamlet (Iain Glen) to England, the pair learn that the letter they carry instructs that nation's king to decapitate their mentally unbalanced and irksome charge, a revelation that Hamlet overhears.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/12/2016
UPC: 0014381003086
Original Release: 1990
Rating: PG
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: A
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 33,947

Special Features

25th Anniversary Interview with Tom Stoppard; Interviews with Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Oldman Rosencrantz
Tim Roth Guildenstern
Richard Dreyfuss Player King
Iain Glen Hamlet
Joanna Roth Ophelia
Donald Sumpter Claudius
Joanna Miles Gertrude
Ljubo Zecevic Osric
Ian Richardson Polonius
Sven Medvesck Laertes
Vili Matula Horatio
John Burgess English Ambassador
Livio Badurina Tragedian
Tomislav Maretic Tragedian
Mare Mlacnik Tragedian
Srdjan Soric Tragedian
Mladen Vasary Tragedian
Zeljko Vukmirica Tragedian
Branko Zavrsan Tragedian

Technical Credits
Tom Stoppard Director,Screenwriter
Emanuel Azenberg Producer
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
Michael Brandman Producer
Vaughan Edwards Production Designer
Nicolas Gaster Editor
Ivo Husnjak Art Director
Doreen Jones Casting
Iris Merlis Co-producer
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Andreane Neofitou Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas J. Rizzo Executive Producer
Louise Stephens Executive Producer
Bill Westley Asst. Director
Patrick Whitley Co-producer

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
D_MacGowan More than 1 year ago
My favorite movie of all time. It's just phenomenal. I don't know why it was not more widely distributed. Delicious wordplay and great acting.
implicico More than 1 year ago
seriously, this is awesome. no complaints on anything except that it's too short for the acting quality! classic for anyone who says they're a film-buff. you're doing yourself a disservice by not viewing this gem.
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I saw this while I was in college. I recommend a few beers before and after the film for optimal enjoyment. I never thought coin tosses could be so entertaining. Good times happy days.
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