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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...
Paul Verhoeven ...


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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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 »


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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German Television and Shakespeare!
6 July 1999 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

I have seen only about 70 episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (my personal idea of the greatest achievement in television), but this version of Hamlet, produced for German television, probably has to be the best film I've ever seen shotgunned on that program (whoops - I forgot they did "Day of the Triffids"). Don't get me wrong - it's not very good (I gave it a '5') - but it's certainly no "I Accuse My Parents," or something from the beloved Coleman Frances oeuvre. It's even better than "Marooned" (aka "Space Travelers").

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