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Twelfth Night (1996)

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Trevor Nunn

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About the Movie

After a surviving a disaster at sea, Viola, in a foreign land, disguises herself as her identical brother, and becomes the go-between for the lovelorn Count Orsino and disinterested Lady Olivia. The disguised Viola soon discovers that Olivia isn't in love with Orsino, she's in love with Viola in disguise! Much comedic confusion ensues, as mistaken identity causes characters to fall in and out of love with other characters who are in and out of disguises, all leading to a Shakespearian happy ending where those who should be in love are, and with the correct people. Starring a phenomenal cast of British actors, including Sir Ben Kingsley ("Schindler's List"), Helena Bonham Carter ("Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"), Nigel Hawthorne ("The Madness of King George"), Mel Smith ("The Princess Bride"), Imelda Staunton ("Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"), Imogen Stubbs ("Sense and Sensibility") and Richard E. Grant ("The Player").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 31
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A comic meditation on desire, disguise and inherent bisexuality. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Stage director Trevor Nunn hasn't exploited it in his film of the chaotic Bard farce, which delivers only fitfully on goodwill the play automatically beckons. – USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: An innovative and imaginatively rendered version of Shakespeare's funniest play. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: British director Nunn doesn't always take advantage of the play's comic possibilities. But he creates absorbing, original moments -- in the unlikeliest of places. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


This is an awesome rendition of shakespeare, although I wish that they put the soundtrack for sale on here, if there's even one.


Please, please, please put up the soundtrack!!!

Great movie!

Twelfth Night is a great rendition of a wonderful play. The actors and actresses fit their roles so well, it's like they were made for them! I can never watch this movie too much. Comedy, romance, drama, it's all wrapped up in this movie. As a great lover of Shakespeare, I can say that this is an excellent movie adaption of a Shakespeare play, that stays true to the original story. With a great movie score to add to it (which hopefully iTunes will add), this is a movie I highly recommend!

Twelfth Night (1996)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2004

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