returning from battle, Don Pedro (Denzel Washington), brings his
troops back to stay. One of the troops, Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard)
falls for Hero (Kate Beckinsale), the daughter of Leonato (Richard
lead by Don John (Keanu Reeves), tricks Claudio and Don Pedro into
thinking Hero has been sleeping with another before her wedding.
At the wedding Claudio confronts Hero and everything descends into
an hysterical shouting and slapping match. Leonarto agrees to a
scheme to tell everyone Hero has died, until the slander is lifted.
(Kenneth Branagh) and Beatrice (Emma Thompson) have fallen in love
too, although they initially find it difficult to express this,
preferring acerbic wit. They confess their love following this wedding
catastrophe, but Beatrice demands Benedick to show his love for
her by killing Claudio.
confronts Claudio, but by now 'police' have caught the culprits
who are spreading the slander and they confess all (although Don
John has fled).