Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Synopsis: Showing events from the point of view of two minor characters from Hamlet, men who have no control over their destiny, this film examines fate and asks if we can ever really know what's going on? Are answers as important as the questions? Will Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (or Guildenstern and Rosencrantz) manage to discover the source of Hamlet's malaise as requested by the new king? Will the mysterious players who are strolling around the castle reveal the secrets they evidently know? And whose serve is it?
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Tom Stoppard
Production: Cinecom Pictures
  3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

up, we get and off at the gallop,

fearful lest we come too late!

Too late for what?

How would I know?

We haven't got there yet.

What's that?


An audience!

Don't move!

Perfect... well met, in fact,

and just in time.

Why's that?

Why, we grow rusty and you catch us

at the very point of decadence...

this time tomorrow we might have

forgotten everything we ever knew.

We'd be back where we started,


Tumblers, are you?

We can give you a tumble,

if that's your taste,

and times being what they are.

Otherwise for a jingle of coin

we can do you a selection

of gory romances.

Pirated from the Italian

and it doesn't take much

to make a jingle...

even a single coin has music in it,

should it be gold.


at your command.

My name is Guildenstern,

and this is Rosencrantz.

I'm sorry, his name's Guildenstern,

and I'm Rosencrantz.

We've played to bigger, but

quality counts for something.


What exactly do you do?

Tragedy, sir.

Deaths and disclosures,

universal and particular,


transvestite melodrama...

We transport you back into a world

of intrigue and illusion.

Clowns if you like...


We can do you ghosts...

and battles...

on the skirmish level...

heroes... villains...

tormented lovers...

set pieces in the poetic vein,

we can do you rapiers,

or rape...

or both,

by all means faithless wives

and ravished virgins...

flagrante delicto at a price.

For which there are special terms.

It costs little to watch,

and a little more to get

caught up in the action.

If that's your taste

and times being what they are.

What are they?




See anything you like?

Lucky thing we came along.

For us?

Also for you.

For some it is performance,

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Tom Stoppard

Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE FRSL (born Tomáš Straussler; 3 July 1937) is a British playwright and screenwriter, knighted in 1997. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage, finding prominence with plays such as Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Professional Foul, The Real Thing, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He co-wrote the screenplays for Brazil, The Russia House, and Shakespeare in Love, and has received one Academy Award and four Tony Awards. Themes of human rights, censorship and political freedom pervade his work along with exploration of linguistics and philosophy. Stoppard has been a key playwright of the National Theatre and is one of the most internationally performed dramatists of his generation. more…

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