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Hamlet (1960)
"Hamlet, Prinz von Dänemark" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Mystery  -  1962 (USA)
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle.

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Hans Caninenberg ...
Wanda Rotha ...
Dunja Movar ...
Franz Schafheitlin ...
Dieter Kirchlechner ...
Karl Michael Vogler ...
Eckart Dux ...
Rosencrantz (as Eckard Dux)
Herbert Bötticher ...
Karl Lieffen ...
Rolf Boysen ...
Michael Paryla ...
Alexander Engel ...
Adolf Gerstung ...
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Paul Verhoeven ...
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Hamlet returns to his remarkably minimalistic palace in Denmark and finds out his father is dead and his uncle Claudius has married his mother Gertrude. His father's ghost appears, and tells Hamlet to avenge him forthwith. Hamlet stages a play to confirm Claudius' guilt and his mother's compliance, but then inadvertently kills his girlfriend Ophelia's father, Polonius. This drives her insane, while her brother Laertes sets out to avenge his father's death. In a climactic swordfight, Claudius tries to poison Hamlet with Laertes' sword and a poisoned cup. Gertrude takes the poison cup out of guilt, while Hamlet realizes Laertes' sword is poisoned... Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Most of the cast, including Maximilian Schell and Karl Michael Vogler, had been involved in the Munich August Festival production of the play, in 1960, which interpreted Hamlet as a political idealist fighting a crooked dictator (Claudius), echoing the country's recent struggle with Nazism. The film was well-received in Germany but received only limited release in America due to technical problems and trouble finding a distributor. See more »

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Towards the end of the "What time is it?" scene the boom mic is clearly visible in the top left hand corner of the screen. See more »

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The best that can be said is that...
21 July 1999 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

...this verson doesn't mangle the Bard that badly. It's still a horrible minimalist production, Hamlet's Dutch uncle is inexplicably dubbed by a Spaniard (whether it's Ricardo Montalban or not is subject to debate), and Maximilian Schell overacts like never before. Most of the dialogue makes it through unscathed, and the fact that the MST3K version feels obliged to point out repeatedly that the speeches are long *duh* doesn't strike me as incredibly humorous. Mostly it's just bad acting, though.


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