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

"Sigh no more, ladies

"sigh no more

"Men were deceivers ever

"One foot in sea

"and one on shore

"To one thing constant never

"Then sigh not so

"but let them go

"And be you blithe

"and bonny

"Converting all

"your sounds of woe

"Into Hey

"nonny, nonny!

"Sing no more ditties"

More, more, more!

"Sing no more

"Of dumps

"so dull and heavy

"The fraud of men

"was ever so

"Since summer first

"was leafy

"Then sigh not so

"but let them go

"And be you blithe

"and bonny

"Converting all

"your sounds of woe

"Into Hey

"nonny, nonny!"

My lord.

I learn in this letter...

...that Don Pedro of Aragon...

...comes this night to Messina!

He is very near by this.

He was not three leagues off when I left him.

How many gentlemen have you lost

in this action?

But few of any sort, and none of name.

I find here that Don Pedro hath bestowed...

...much honor on a young Florentine

called Claudio.

He hath borne himself beyond

the promise of his age...

...doing, in the figure of a lamb,

the feats of a lion.

Is Signior Mountanto returned

from the wars or no?

I know none of that name, lady.

My cousin means Signior Benedick of Padua.

He's returned and as pleasant as ever he was.

I pray you, how many hath he killed

and eaten in these wars?

But how many hath he killed?

For indeed I promised to eat all of his killing.

He hath done good service

and a good soldier too, lady.

And a good soldier to a lady.

- But what is he to a lord?

- A lord to a lord.

A man to a man,

stuffed with all honorable virtues.

It is so, indeed.

He is no less than a stuffed man.

You must not, sir, mistake my niece.

There is a kind of merry war

betwixt Signior Benedick and her.

They never meet but there's

a skirmish of wit between them.

Who is his companion now?

He hath every month a new sworn brother.

He is most in the company

of the right noble Claudio.

O lord!

He will hang upon him like a disease.

He is sooner caught than the pestilence,

and the taker runs presently mad.

God help the noble Claudio!

If he have caught the Benedick... will cost him a thousand pound

ere he be cured.

I will keep friends with you, lady.

- Do, good friend.

- You will never run mad, niece.

No, not till a hot January.

Don Pedro is approaching!

Good Signior Leonato,

are you come to meet your trouble.

The fashion of the world is to avoid cost,

and you encounter it.

Never came trouble to my house

in the likeness of your grace.

My lord.

I think this is your daughter.

Her mother hath many times told me so.

Were you in doubt, sir, that you asked her?

Signior Benedick, no!

If Signior Leonato be her father...

...she would not have his head on her shoulders

for all Messina.

I wonder that you will still be talking,

Signior Benedick. Nobody marks you.

What, my dear Lady Disdain!

Are you yet living?

Is it possible disdain should die...

...while she hath such meet food

to feed it as Signior Benedick?

Courtesy itself must convert to disdain

if you come in her presence.

Then is courtesy a turncoat.

But it is certain I am loved of all ladies,

only you excepted...

...and I would I could find in my heart

that I had not a hard heart, for I love none.

A dear happiness to women.

They would else be troubled

with a pernicious suitor.

I thank God and my cold blood,

I am of your humor for that.

I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow

than a man swear he loves me.

God keep your ladyship still in that mind... some gentleman or other shall 'scape

a predestinate scratched face.

Scratching could not make it worse,

an 'twere such a face as yours were.

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