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Hamlet (1969)

G | | Drama | 9 April 1970 (UK)
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 marriage to Claudius. ... See full summary »

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Hamlet
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Gertrude
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Claudius
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Ophelia
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Polonius
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Laertes
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Horatio
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Rosencrantz
Clive Graham ...
Guildenstern
Peter Gale ...
Osric
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First Player / Gravedigger
John J. Carney ...
Player King (as John Carney)
Richard Everett ...
Player Queen
Robin Chadwick ...
Francisco
Ian Collier ...
Priest
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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 marriage to Claudius. When the ghost of Hamlet's father appears to him and tells him that Claudius has poisoned him, Hamlet swears revenge.

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From the author of "Romeo and Juliet"... the love story of Hamlet and Ophelia. See more »

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9 April 1970 (UK)  »

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Shakespeare's Hamlet  »

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Trivia

Sir Richard Harris had also tried to set up a rival production at the same time . His version was to be directed by 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 materialize. See more »

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At c. 147 minutes Gertrude's fillings, obviously the result of C20th dentistry, can be seen clearly. See more »

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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 »

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Unique
11 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Nicol Williamson is a unique actor. Maybe it's his choices or his level of commitment- but he seems to create a whole other world for whatever project he's working on. His may not be the definitive Hamlet (is there such a thing?) but it is certainly an involving interpretation. This version also features Anthony Hopkins... could you do better for Claudius?


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