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1962 (USA) See more »
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Franz Peter Wirth 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Shakespeare  play "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark"
Franz Peter Wirth  teleplay

Produced by
Hans Gottschalk .... producer
Original Music by
Rolf Unkel 
Cinematography by
Kurt Gewissen 
Film Editing by
Adolf Schlyssleder 
Production Design by
Gerd Richter 
Costume Design by
Gerd Richter 
Production Management
Lutz Hengst .... production leader
Helmut Ringelmann .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Guthke .... assistant director
Sound Department
Rudolf Möller .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Boris Goriup .... camera operator
Hermann Gruber .... camera operator
Rudolf H. Jakob .... camera operator

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Also Known As:
"Hamlet, Prinz von Dänemark" - West Germany (original title)
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152 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
Boom mic visible: 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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Version of Hamlet (1908/II)See more »


Does director Paul Verhoeven appear in this TV movie?
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Murder, most foul., 8 August 1999
Author: Jeff ( from L.A. CA

You'd think that the immortal words of William Shakespeaere would be able to rise above just about anything, but alas bad acting and really bad sets will drag down even the most wonderful playwright. As usual, Hamlet broods over the death of his father. In this version, Elsinore is nothing more than some pillars, stairs, and a lot of black backgrounds. The fact that it's dubbed into English from German doesn't help this production. The actors seem to be forcing the lines from their mouths, and climatic battle between Laertes and Hamlet doesn't have the punch or tension that it should have. It was great seeing this on MST, their satiric tounges ripping into the acting and sets but sparing the dialouge. By the way, we're out of ear poison.

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