MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 6,481 this week

Hamlet (I) (1964)

 -  Drama  -  23 September 1964 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 294 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 4 critic

The highly successful 1964 Richard Burton Broadway production of "Hamlet", deliberately staged in the style of a "dress rehearsal", but performed in front of a live audience.

Writer:

(play)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 10 Nov 2011
 
H
a list of 1780 titles
created 28 Nov 2012
 
a list of 464 titles
created 29 Nov 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 13 Sep 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Hamlet" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hamlet (1964)

Hamlet (1964) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hamlet.

User Polls

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A man sells his soul to the devil in order to have the woman he loves.

Directors: Richard Burton, Nevill Coghill
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Andreas Teuber
Hamlet (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi
The Tempest (TV Movie 1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, who lives in exile on a remote island as a sorcerer, uses his powers to shipwreck his usurper brother on the island.

Director: George Schaefer
Stars: Maurice Evans, Richard Burton, Lee Remick
Hamlet 2 (2008)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In this irreverent comedy, a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama-teacher rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Director: Andrew Fleming
Stars: Steve Coogan, Elisabeth Shue, Catherine Keener
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After having been forced to leave the Soviet Union 1929 Trotsky has ended up in Mexico 1940. He is still busy with politics, promoting socialism to the world. Stalin has sent out an ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Richard Burton, Alain Delon, Romy Schneider
Becket (1964)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An English king comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's.

Director: Peter Glenville
Stars: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud
Sea Wife (1957)
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In 1942, a cargo ship jammed with British evacuees from Singapore is sunk by a Japanese sub. A small lifeboat carries a beautiful woman, an army officer, a bigoted administrator, and a ... See full summary »

Director: Bob McNaught
Stars: Joan Collins, Richard Burton, Basil Sydney
The Comedians (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Set in the Haiti of "Papa Doc" Duvalier, The Comedians tells the story of a sardonic Welsh hotel owner and his encroaching fatalism as he watches Haiti sink into barbarism and poverty. ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Glenville
Stars: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Alec Guinness
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A handsome and successful young doctor returns to his home town in New England to see his dying friend for one last time. However, his friend wants to die because he is suffering so much ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Richard Burton, Barbara Rush, Jack Carson
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio tames his wealthy shrewish wife, Katharina.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the cold war during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Richard Burton, Oskar Werner, Claire Bloom
Hamlet (TV Movie 1960)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle.

Director: Franz Peter Wirth
Stars: Maximilian Schell, Hans Caninenberg, Wanda Rotha
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
Alfred Drake ...
...
William Redfield ...
George Rose ...
...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hugh Alexander ...
Philip Coolidge ...
...
...
Michael Ebert ...
Dillon Evans ...
Clement Fowler ...
Geoff Garland ...
Edit

Storyline

Sir John Gielgud directed this "Electronovision" taping of the play "Hamlet" performed at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on Broadway in 1964 ("Electronovision" was a short-lived gimmick which was basically closed-circuit TV). The most unusual thing about this film is that the actors are in street clothes instead of period costumes, and the sets are minimal, to say the least. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 September 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Richard Burton's Hamlet  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was scheduled to be shown in cinemas for a week and then all copies were to be destroyed. Two prints survived. One was consigned to the BFI archives in London. Another print was found later in Richard Burton's estate after his death, which his widow allowed to be distributed as a DVD. See more »

Connections

Version of Act III, Scene 1 (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Crude, black-and-white filming of a famous Broadway production: it feels like a shadow from the past
9 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't know a record of this famous production existed until I found it on DVD at the library. What a find! John Gielgud directed Richard Burton in "Hamlet," an acclaimed production in modern dress that was eventually recorded with a process called Electronovision and released in movie theaters. What's fascinating is that this is a record of an actual Broadway performance before an audience; the actors make no concession to the cameras and change nothing. The black-and-white process is crude, far inferior to that of recent stage shows presented on PBS. Yet I was amazed how compelling the show was anyway. Maybe the crudeness helped. It felt like a shadow retrieved from the past: I thought of the filmed dream from "Quatermass and the Pit."

Richard Burton makes a fine Hamlet, more virile and physical than most; his intellectual side is de-emphasized but far from lost; and he's funny. The rest of the cast is uniformly good, but Hume Cronyn stands out as Polonius. He's so good, so funny, so able to bring out both the wisdom and the foolishness of the character that until he's dispatched, the play feels like the "Hamlet and Polonius Show."

Happily a year ago, I found at a thrift store a book by Richard L. Sterne (one of the minor players in this production) called "John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in Hamlet." It includes transcripts of Gielgud directing the cast, the prompt script Gielgud created, and Sterne's interviews with Burton and Gielgud. I've only looked into it, but I can highly recommend it based on what I've read. Anyone who finds this DVD may want to seek out the book as well.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Hamlet (1964) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page