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
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This film version was largely unknown in the U.S, and did not have the atrocious reputation it now has until it was riffed on "Mystery Science Theater 3000". See more
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
Version of Hamlet