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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Gary Oldman , Tim Roth , Tom Stoppard    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Tom Stoppard's modern stage classic finds a pair of film actors worthy of its verbal japery and existential bewilderment: Gary Oldman and Tim Roth are deliciously locked in as the title characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. And yet it remains difficult to tell which one is Rosencrantz and which Guildenstern--even they seem unsure--a clever part of Stoppard's ingenious design. Focusing on a pair of unremarkable characters from Hamlet, Stoppard sees the great play from their confused perspective. Now and again the action of Hamlet sweeps them up, but most of the time R&G are left wondering where they are, what they have been sent for, and why they can't remember anything that happened before the beginning of the play. Richard Dreyfuss (fittingly grandiloquent) is the Player King, who seems to know more about the ominous workings of fiction and tragedy than the heroes do. Stoppard's first outing as a film director is handsomely shot but uncertainly paced--although any time Oldman and Roth go into one of their tennis-match debates on probability, identity, or death, the movie crackles. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern may be the "indifferent children of the earth," but for this brief moment they deserve center stage. --Robert Horton

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In this cleverly inspired twist on William Shakespeare's Hamlet, two of the outrageous supporting players take center stage for a dazzling game of illusion and reality that delivers one-of-a-kind entertainment! World Class Cast featuring Richard Dreyfuss (Mr. Holland's Opus, Jaws), Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, Planet of the Apes) and Gary Oldman (Bram Stoker's Dracula, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Did not like the movie Jan. 16 2014
By Bradley
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I did not enjoy the movie, I bought it on a recommendation from a friend and just found it boring.

There is nothing wrong with the packaging, or anything else I just did not care for the movie itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite movie Jan. 14 2014
By Vikki
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This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Great costumes, great scene-setting, great dialogue. It's absurdist drama/comedy, so it's not for everyone, but if you like a good play on words, it's for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Sept. 29 2013
By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Gary Oldman is an amazing playwright. This play and the movie of the same name had a huge impact on my teenage life. That's when I first came across them. The play itself I read and re-read every few years and love it more every time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead July 18 2013
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This is one of the best films I have seen in a long time - the youthful Tim Roth and Gary Oldman who last played together in Meantime - are just brilliant in their acting these two parts - the ease of language and the ability they have to express it is wonderful. The specials are quite good as well - the interviews with Tim Roth, Gary Oldman, Tom Stoppard are quite well done. All in all a brilliant piece of theatre and marvellous in the way it was presented and filmed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rosencrantz and Guildenstern March 22 2013
By Rebecca
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This is possibly my favourite role if Gary Oldman's. If you enjoy him in other films, please find this one as well, he is spectacular. Two of the smaller characters of Shakespeare's Hamlet get their time to shine in this really fun and enjoyable film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it Twice March 8 2004
By Allison
Format:VHS Tape
I found this movie to be incredibly clever, and wonderfully witty. I strongly recommend not only watching this movie, but watch it twice, or more if you get the chance. Every additional viewing brings out additional dimensions in the story.
I came across the VHS at the library, while looking for some light entertainment for a slow weeknight. Having read the paperback, which I enjoyed thoroughly, I was quite excited to be able to check this out.
The first time I watched it, I found it quite entertaining, although occasionally hard to follow. Watching it a second time was much more enjoyable than the first, with the minor confusion that occasionally occurred during the first viewing becoming much clearer.
Even my eight-year-old daughter was taken in by the magic of the movie, delighted at concepts like the chance of flipping a coin heads - how many times in a row? And trying to learn the question game to play with her best friend.
Overall, this is a classic that belongs in everyone's movie library! Be prepared, though, to watch it again and again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead from CDNow_Canada
I usually look forlornly for Canadian suppliers of used and rare items, since that potentially saves on shipping charges. I was delighted with CDNOW_CANADA's service. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2009 by Bill Rambo
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of the Play Will Love It, Otherwise...
One of the most important plays of the 1960s, Tom Stoppard's *Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead* saw new life with this Stoppard-directed film version. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2006 by N. Chevalier
5.0 out of 5 stars In a tragedy even minor characters die
The scene closes in on Rosencrantz & Guildenstern or is it Guildenstern & Rosencrantz discussing the odds of a flipped coin coming up heads. Read more
Published on July 2 2006 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands way above anything else I've seen lately.
Last evening as my eyes wandered the shelves of a local video store I came across this film. After reading that it one the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival I decided... Read more
Published on April 21 2005 by Antonio Giusto
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Stoppard is a master of language and imagery!
I see something new in this film every time I watch it.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two minor characters in Hamlet. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars I abhor this writer
I remember we studied this in highschool, I was assigned to read, analyze, and figure out exactly what this play is about. I hated every minute of it. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2003 by TrezKu13
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