Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (film)  

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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is a 1990 film written and directed by Tom Stoppard based on his play of the same name. It was filmed in Brežice, Slovenia. Like the play, the film depicts two minor characters from William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who find themselves on the road to Elsinore Castle at the behest of the King of Denmark. They encounter a band of players before arriving to find that they are needed to try to discern what troubles the prince Hamlet. Meanwhile, they ponder the meaning of their existence.

The film stars Gary Oldman as Rosencrantz, Tim Roth as Guildenstern, although a running theme throughout has many characters, themselves included, uncertain as to which is which, and Richard Dreyfuss as the leading player. It also features Iain Glen as Prince Hamlet, Joanna Miles as Gertrude and Donald Sumpter as King Claudius. The film was shot in various locations around the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. This was Stoppard's debut as a film director, and to date it remains his only film directorial credit.

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