MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,093 this week

Hamlet (1948)

7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 9,877 users  
Reviews: 67 user | 43 critic

Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king.

Director:

Writer:

(by)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Related News

All My Children's Herlie Dies
| WENN

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 27 May 2011
 
a list of 42 titles
created 09 Jul 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 16 Nov 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 09 Mar 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 05 May 2012
 

Related Items

Search for "Hamlet" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hamlet (1948)

Hamlet (1948) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hamlet.

User Polls

Won 4 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hamlet (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Nicol Williamson takes the lead role in this star-studded 1969 version of William Shakespeare's tragedy. Prince Hamlet mourns both his father's death and his mother's remarriage to Claudius... See full summary »

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Nicol Williamson, Judy Parfitt, Anthony Hopkins
Hamlet I (1964)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The highly successful 1964 Richard Burton Broadway production of "Hamlet", deliberately staged in the style of a "dress rehearsal", but performed in front of a live audience.

Directors: Bill Colleran, John Gielgud
Stars: Richard Burton, Hume Cronyn, Alfred Drake
Hamlet (1964)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered by Claudius, Hamlet's uncle. Claudius usurps the throne of Denmark, and marries Hamlet's recently widowed mother. Hamlet is tormented, haunted, and increasingly unstable.

Director: Grigori Kozintsev
Stars: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Mikhail Nazvanov, Elza Radzina
Hamlet (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Adaptation of Shakespeare's history play in which the young Henry V seeks to conquer France.

Director: Laurence Olivier
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks
Hamlet (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.

Director: Robert Rossen
Stars: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru
Hamlet (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Treachery, sex and revenge take center stage for Prince Hamlet and his eventual descent into madness.

Director: Bruce Ramsay
Stars: Bruce Ramsay, Lara Gilchrist, Peter Wingfield
Richard III (1955)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

Director: Laurence Olivier
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke, Nicholas Hannen
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut
Cavalcade (1933)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A cavalcade of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot. Amongst events touching their family are the Boer War,... See full summary »

Director: Frank Lloyd
Stars: Diana Wynyard, Clive Brook, Una O'Connor
Certificate: Passed Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Harriet and Queenie Mahoney, a vaudeville act, come to Broadway, where their friend Eddie Kerns needs them for his number in one of Francis Zanfield's shows. Eddie was in love with Harriet,... See full summary »

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Niall MacGinnis ...
...
...
Tony Tarver ...
...
...
Russell Thorndike ...
Basil Sydney ...
...
...
Hamlet - Prince of Denmark / Voice of Ghost
Norman Wooland ...
Felix Aylmer ...
Edit

Storyline

William Shakespeare's tale of tragedy of murder and revenge in the royal halls of medieval Denmark. Claudius, brother to the King, conniving with the Queen, poisons the monarch and seizes the throne, taking the widowed Gertrude for his bride. Hamlet, son of the murdered King, mournful of his father's death and mother's hasty marriage, is confronted by the ghost of the late King who reveals the manner of his murder. Seeking revenge, Hamlet recreates the monstrous deed in a play with the help of some traveling actors to torment the conscience of the evil Claudius. In a visit with his mother, Hamlet expresses his anger and disappointment concerning her swiftly untimed marriage. Thinking a concealed spy in his mother's chamber to be the lurking Claudius, he mistakenly kills the meddling counselor, Polonius, father of Ophelia and Laertes. Claudius, on the pretext that Hamlet will be endangered by his subjects for the murder of Polonius, sends the prince to England. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

murder | revenge | prince | death | denmark | See All (80) »

Taglines:

The motion picture of all time...for all time! (Print ad for re-release 1954)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 August 1948 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Amlet  »

Box Office

Budget:

£500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Claire Bloom auditioned for the role of Ophelia. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: So oft it chances in particular men / That through some vicious mole of nature in them, / By the o'ergrowth of some complexion / Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason, / Or by some habit grown too much; that these men - / Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect, / Their virtues else - be they as pure as grace, / Shall in the general censure take corruption / From that particular fault... This is the tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind.
See more »

Connections

Version of Hamlet (1908) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Memorable Acting by Olivier in Somewhat Slow-Paced Adaptation
23 May 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This adaptation of "Hamlet" by Laurence Olivier (he both starred and directed) is a brooding, somewhat slow-moving, but also memorable version of Shakespeare's great play. Olivier's personal performance as the Danish prince is by far the strongest aspect of the picture.

Hamlet is one of the most complex and fascinating characters ever created, and no two great actors ever play him quite the same way. Olivier portrays him primarily as "a man who could not make up his mind", and his fine and often subtle acting brings to his role a deep understanding of his character's inner struggles and dilemmas, both moral and practical. He renders Hamlet's most famous lines in a distinctive way that reveal the many possible paths in Hamlet's future. It is a performance not to be forgotten.

If Olivier the actor is masterful, Olivier the director is good but not perfect. A great deal of Shakespeare's text was eliminated, getting the running time down to 2 1/2 hours, but even so there are times when the movie seems rather slow-moving, especially in the first hour or so. Most of the cuts involve interactions with the minor characters, and some of the original play's minor roles are cut completely out of the film. The result is to concentrate the emphasis even further on Hamlet himself and on his pessimistic meditations. While this enables Olivier's fine acting to become even more prominent, it does eliminate some very interesting portions of the story whose absence will be regretted by those viewers who love the play.

Olivier does add some good touches, though. He emphasizes the somber tone with numerous tracking shots of the castle's gloomy corridors and staircases. The filming of the famous sequence of events at the end is very good, and is much livelier than the rest.

While this is probably not the very best interpretation of the play "Hamlet", it is as good an interpretation of the character Hamlet as you will ever see. For that reason alone it is must viewing for any fan of Shakespeare or of Olivier.


29 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
olivier's preface angelgirl720
Movie titles from Hamlet minerva-23
Where are Claudius' pants?! thevailkid08
Where are the Jews linemen52000
Hamlet Stampsfightclub
Where are they? QuarrellaDeVil
Discuss Hamlet (1948) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?