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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  10 November 1980 (USA)
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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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Hamlet comes home from university to find his uncle married to his mother, and his father's ghost haunting the battlements and scaring the watch. Then his father's ghost directs him to seek revenge. Written by Kathy Li

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Derek Jacobi would later play; again with the Royal Shakespeare Company; the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac (1985), as translated by Anthony Burgess. In that translation, Cyrano's list of insults to his nose ends with "And finally, with tragic sighs and cries, the language finely wrought and deeply felt, 'Oh, that this too, too solid nose would melt,'" a parody of Hamlet's first speech, which begins with "Oh, that this too, too solid flesh would melt." See more »

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the gentle Hamlet
4 September 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Derek Jacobi's idea of Hamlet is a dreamer, a plotter, a voyeur in the corrupt court of Denmark, and it is an interesting variation on other versions. The downside is the traditional costume so he's in tights, not the best idea, but these things can be ignored. Gertrude is the great Claire Bloom, who is excellent in this, while Patrick Stewart is a nasty-minded letch as Claudius. Lalla Ward from Dr Who is an ok Ophelia but not wonderful.

Aside from Jacobi there are two other great acting performances in this - Eric Porter is a busy Polonius, and Patrick Allen is a suitably sinister Ghost. The BBC staging is sparse, which suits this play very well and brings scenes such as Claudius praying, and Hamlet's scene with his mother, more intimate and effective.


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