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1962 (USA) See more »
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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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Cast

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Directed by
Franz Peter Wirth 
 
Writing credits
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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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Runtime:
152 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The voice of Polonius was dubbed by John Banner for the English release.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of "Lletres catalanes" (1974)See more »

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Does director Paul Verhoeven appear in this TV movie?
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
C'mon, everyone - what's wrong with this one?, 31 October 1999

"Hamlet" by William ("We all make his praise") Shakspeare is arguably the greatest play ever written - in fact, it's possibly the greatest work of literature ever written in the English language. Given these facts, imagine my surprise when Mystery Science Theater 3000 (the recently defunct TV show in which bad movies are goofed on by a janitor and his two robots) decided to give this their special treatment.

Specifically, they did this 1960 production for German Television, featuring the highly respected Maximilian Schell in the title role. Now laugh I as I did along with the jokes made at the movie's expense, I really can't see too much wrong with the movie. Herr Schell is more than credible as the Melancholy Dane, and the dark dreary scenery only serve to underscore the mood of the play and its characters. As for dialogue, well how could you possibly go wrong?

As for complaints that much of the play was missing, it must be remembered that our friends at Best Brains had to edit the movie (which as I understand, ran for about 3 hours) to fit their little TV show, which ran for 2 hours, including commercials.

I, for one, am inclined to cut this movie a good bit of slack.

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