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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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Maximilian Schell (Hamlet) dubbed his own speaking voice for the English language version.See more »
Anachronisms: When Hamlet is at Ophelias grave and shouts "I loved Ophelia" the person holding him down has a modern plaster (band-aid) on his finger. It is only briefly visible as the person hides this finger for the rest of the scene. In the same scene it can be seen that Hamlet has metal grommets on the cuffs of his jacket.See more »
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Version of Hamlet: Prince of Denmark (1989)See more »


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
NOT to be...., 16 September 2000
Author: Mister-6 from United States

I've seen all kinds of "Hamlet"s.

Kenneth Branagh's was most ambitious, Mel Gibson's was quick and to the point, Laurence Olivier's was the best - hands down. But now we come to Maximilian Schell's take on the Bard.

For one, this is a dubbed version of a German TV production of William Shakespeare's venerable chestnut. But if there's a slower, more plodding, more lethargic and worse-staged version out there somewhere, it must have been acted at grade school-level.

Having seen it on MST3K helps, with Mike and the robots taking jolly good jabs at the old boy, puncturing the profundity of black and white TV, Shakespeare and the wisdom (?) of Germans acting out an English play and making it look like an Ingmar Bergman reject.

Of course, the best parts are the MST riffs. Best lines? "I'm gonna unleash the Great Dane", "I don't think so, 'breather'", "Meet the Beatles", "Hey, Dad, will you help me with my science project" and, my personal favorite, during a party - "Garrison Keillor's leaving Germany (YAAAY!!)".

But then there's Schell, playing Shakespeare's greatest character much like a department store mannequin would, only not as expressive. No doubt he's a great actor, but here he comes off about as well as Paul Newman in "The Silver Chalice". Ever see that one? You GOTTA watch these two on a double-bill!

In the end, this is one instance where it's true that you're much better off to just read the book. At least the book isn't dubbed by Ricardo Montalban.

One star only for this "Hamlet"; ten stars, naturally, for the MST3K version.

Good-night, not-so-sweet prince.

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