Nicol Williamson takes the lead role in this star-studded 1969 version of William Shakespeare's tragedy. Prince Hamlet mourns both his father's death and his mother's remarriage to Claudius. When the ghost of Hamlet's father appears to him and tells him that Claudius has poisoned him, Hamlet swears revenge. Written by
The Hamlet of our time, for our time.
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Richard Harris had also tried to set up a rival production at the same time . His version was to be directed by actor Frank Silvera, with Faye Dunaway as Ophelia and music by Jimmy Web, but it fell through when Richardson started shooting. In 1971 it almost got greenlit again , this time with Harris himself directing. Ophelia would now be played by Mia Farrow, with Peter Ustinov as Polonious, and George C. Scott as Claudius, but Paramount got cold feet and the project failed to materialise. See more
At c. 147 minutes Gertrude's fillings, obviously the result of C20th dentistry, can be seen clearly. See more
The names of the film's cast and the names of the characters they play are recited by an offscreen voice rather than shown on the screen, in the manner of 'Francois Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451". See more