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581 Ratings

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Directed by Tom Stoppard
United States, United Kingdom, 1990
Comedy, Drama


Two minor characters from the play, Hamlet stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them.

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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Directed by Tom Stoppard

Critics reviews

The main reason to watch Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead now—beyond getting the gist of a important piece of theater history—is to watch Oldman and Roth play off each other like a couple of spry young athletes, rapidly batting Stoppard’s dialogue back-and-forth… But as a record of two of British acting’s best? This film’s a reminder of why Oldman and Roth were such a big deal in 1990, and why they still play even their supporting parts as though they’re the stars of the show.
January 13, 2016
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In Stoppard’s play, Hamlet is something semiinexplicable that “happens” to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, while the screenplay turns it into something they’re obliged to chase after; unfortunately, Stoppard’s sense of film is so inferior to his feeling for the stage that he makes the same compromises and reductions a Hollywood hack might have brought to the material. The film certainly has its moments; but moments is all they are.
March 01, 1991
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