Much Ado About Nothing

Synopsis: Young lovers Hero and Claudio are to be married in one week. To pass the time, they conspire with Don Pedro to set a "lover's trap" for Benedick, an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner. Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. In the end, though, it all turns out to be "much ado about nothing."
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Kenneth Branagh
Production: Screenvision
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

Well, you are a rare parrot-teacher.

A bird of my tongue is better

than a beast of yours.

I would my horse had

the speed of your tongue! But...

...keep your way, in God's name I have done.

You always end with a jade's trick.

I know you of old.

Signior Claudio, Signior Benedick... dear friend Leonato hath invited you all.

I tell him we shall stay here at the least a month.

Let me bid you welcome, my lord.

Being reconciled to the prince, your brother...

...I owe you all duty.

I thank you.

I am not of many words...

...but I thank you.

Please it your grace lead on?

Your hand, Leonato, we will go together.


Didst thou note

the daughter of Signior Leonato?

I noted her not, but I looked on her.

Is she not a modest young lady?

Do you question me

for my simple true judgment...

...or would you have me speak after my custom,

a professed tyrant to their sex?

No. I pray thee speak in sober judgment.

Why, i' faith me thinks

she's too low for a high praise...

...too brown for a fair praise,

and too little for a great praise.

This commendation I can afford her,

that were she other, she were unhandsome...

...and being no other but as she is,

I do not like her.

Thou thinkest I am in sport.

I pray thee tell me truly how thou likest her.

Would you buy her, that you enquire after her?

Can the world buy such a jewel?

Yea, and a case to put it into.

But speak you this with a sad brow?

In mine eyes,

she is the sweetest lady that ever I looked on.

I can see yet without spectacles

and I see no such matter.

There's her cousin,

an' she were not possessed with a fury...

...exceeds her as much in beauty as

the first of May doth the last of December.

But I hope you have no intent to turn husband.

Have you?

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