Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.

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Hamlet
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Polonius
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Gertrude
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Claudius, King of Denmark
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The Ghost
Ciaran Madden ...
Ophelia
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Alan Adams ...
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Donald Barclay ...
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David Belcher ...
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Osric
Helen Bourne ...
Player #2
Philip Brack ...
Bernardo
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Fortinbras
Godfrey James ...
Marcellus
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Laertes
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Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.

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17 November 1970 (USA)  »

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Version of Hamlet Part 1/II (1947) See more »

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My first exposure to the Bard on any screen
13 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm giving this production a 5, because I really don't remember if it was awful or awesome.

i was in 8th grade. Mrs McCracken (actually a fairly young woman at the time; sounds like an old hag) had us reading Hamlet. Perhaps it was a coincidence it aired during the time we were reading the play; perhaps she knew in advance and chose to teach it.

She did not order us to see it, but encouraged us to try; I was happy I was able to see it. It made the printed page come alive, and stands as a moment of clarity for me. I've never lost my taste foe Shakespeare imparted by viewing this production.

That said, it was a two-hour production (including commercial breaks) of a three-to-four- hour play. It HAD to have jettisoned major chunks of story to accommodate that time slot.

And for me, a 14-year-old male, Richard Chamberlain was just the former Dr Kildaire. I didn't know gay from Gevalia.

I hope it will one day be available for viewing.


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