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Hamlet -- Mel Gibson stars as the Prince of Denmark whose determination to avenge the murder of his father and remarriage of his mother leads to an intricate tapestry of intrigue, introspection.


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18 January 1991 (USA) See more »
The extraordinary adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tale of vengeance and tragedy.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Actor Paul Scofield Dies at 86
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Actor Alan Bates Dies at 69
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Mel Gibson's Film Company Signs Deal With Fox
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Directed by
Franco Zeffirelli 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play)

Christopher De Vore (screenplay) &
Franco Zeffirelli (screenplay)

Produced by
Bruce Davey .... executive producer
Dyson Lovell .... producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
David Watkin 
Film Editing by
Richard Marden 
Casting by
Joyce Nettles 
Production Design by
Dante Ferretti 
Art Direction by
Franco Ceraolo 
Michael Lamont 
Jim Morahan  (as James Morahan)
Antonio Tarolla 
Alan Tomkins 
Set Decoration by
Francesca Lo Schiavo 
Costume Design by
Maurizio Millenotti 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup artist
Lois Burwell .... makeup artist: Mel Gibson
Franco Corridoni .... supervising makeup artist
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... supervising hairdresser
Alberta Giuliani .... hair stylist
Paolo Mantini .... hair stylist
Daniel Parker .... prosthetics: Mel Gibson
Jean-Luc Russier .... makeup artist: Ms. Close
Maurizio Silvi .... makeup assistant
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cliff Lanning .... third assistant director
Michael Murray .... first assistant director
Gerry Toomey .... second assistant director
Kevin Westley .... second assistant director
Lucien Morgan .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Andrew Ackland-Snow .... draughtsman
Brian Aldridge .... dressing props
Brian Bishop .... scenic artist
Celia Bobak .... production buyer
Alan Cheevers .... plasterer
George Coussins .... supervising carpenter
Eddie Francis .... dressing props (as Edward Francis)
Gavin Gordon .... carpenter
James Hambidge .... art department runner
Darren Hayward .... carpenter
Michael Hayward .... supervising carpenter
Bert Hearn .... property master
Richard Lyon .... construction storeman
Mickey Pugh .... stand-by props
Michael Redding .... construction coordinator
John Wells .... stand-by props
Bill Pearson .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gerry Bates .... boom swinger
Terry Busby .... assistant sound editor
Mike Dowson .... adr mixer
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Lewiston .... assistant sound editor
Archie Ludski .... dialogue editor
Tony Message .... footsteps editor
John Pitt .... sound maintenance
Lawrence Sibley .... sound assistant
David Stephenson .... sound mixer
Nicholas Stevenson .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Ian Wingrove .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Angus Bickerton .... model unit camera operator
Graeme Crowther .... stunt double (as Graham Crowther)
Paul Jennings .... stunt double
Tina Maskell .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Brown .... electrician
Derek V. Browne .... camera operator (as Derek Browne)
Peter Butler .... grip
Chuck Finch .... gaffer
Tommy Finch .... best boy (as Tom Finch)
Alan Grosch .... electrician
Graham Hall .... camera loader
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
Simon Hume .... focus puller
Billy Merrell .... best boy (as Bill Merrell)
Simon Mills .... focus puller: second camera
Spencer Murray .... camera trainee
Keegan O'Neill .... camera trainee
Stuart Reid .... electrician
Jonathan Taylor .... camera operator
Toby Tyler .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Birkinshaw .... wardrobe assistant (as John Birkenshaw)
Anne Brault .... assistant costume designer
Robyn Elliott .... costume buyer (as Robyn Elliot)
Alan Flyng .... wardrobe master
Frank Gardiner .... assistant costume designer
Annie Hadley .... chief costume cutter
Linda Lashley .... costumer
Geoff Lawrence .... wardrobe assistant
Alfonsina Lettieri .... wardrobe assistant
Richard Pointing .... wardrobe supervisor
Gerardo Sacco .... principal jewelry designed and supplied by
Enrico Serafini .... assistant costume designer
Pat Williamson .... wardrobe assistant
Dominic Young .... costume maker
Editorial Department
Roy Birchley .... first assistant editor
Jeremy Child .... second assistant editor
Andrew MacRitchie .... assistant editor
Matthew Tucker .... assistant editor
Music Department
Robin Clarke .... music editor (as Robin Clark)
Enrico DeMelis .... general music coordinator
Sergio Marcotulli .... music engineer
Fabio Venturi .... assistant music engineer
Other crew
Angela Allen .... script supervisor
Luciano Bacchielli .... assistant: Mr. Zeffirelli
Jill Bennett .... production accountant
Maurice Binder .... title designer
Lucia Boni .... hand woven fabrics by
Nick Daubeny .... location manager (as Nicholas Daubeny)
Terri Depaolo .... assistant: Mel Gibson
Terri Depaolo .... unit publicist
Susan Gee .... production financing
William Hobbs .... duel arranger
Julie Hoffman .... assistant: Mr. Zeffirelli
Pauline Hume .... graphic artist: titles
Lyndy Noakes .... assistant accountant
Alison Odell .... assistant to producer
Kay Rouse .... assistant: Ms. Close
Adam Somner .... assistant location manager
Clare St. John .... production coordinator
Roy Street .... horse master
Alan Sutton .... fire safety
Paul Tucker .... production controller
Sara-Jane Valentine .... production assistant
Beverly Winston .... assistant script supervisor
Dalisa Cohen .... grateful acknowledgments
Alexander Gelderman .... grateful acknowledgments
Bryan Isaacs .... grateful acknowledgments
Ruth Jackson .... grateful acknowledgments
Mario Kassar .... grateful acknowledgments
Paul Kijzer .... grateful acknowledgments
Eveleen McCormack .... grateful acknowledgments
Charles R. Meeker .... grateful acknowledgments (as Charles Meeker)
Kari Ann Messina .... grateful acknowledgments
Richard Northcott .... grateful acknowledgment
John Ort .... grateful acknowledgment
Nigel Sinclair .... special thanks
Barry Spikings .... grateful acknowledgments

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135 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:M (blu-ray) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Finland:K-11 | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:PG

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Director Franco Zeffirelli reportedly wanted Mel Gibson for the titular role after seeing his near-suicide scene in Lethal Weapon (1987)See more »
Continuity: During Ophelia's lament, she reaches out with one arm to anyone who will help. In the next shot, the opposite arm is outstretched.See more »
[first lines]
Claudius:Hamlet! Think of us as of a father. For let the world take note: you are the most immediate to our throne. And with no less nobility of love than that which dearest father bears his son do I impart toward you.
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Version of Hamlet (1954)See more »


What does Zeffirelli cut from Shakespeare's original play?
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29 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Zefferelli Had to Be Cruel to be Kind, 19 June 2000
Author: tedg ( from Virginia Beach

I have to admit I really like this film. Zefferelli is an unappreciated master: he knows how to stage a crowd (essential to his Romeo and Juliet), and move people; how to frame and light a sequence so it flows. He has a fine sense of color and its movement. Moreover, this Hamlet has the very best set, and also to my mind the best Gertrude.

What he has done is focus on the story. He's chopped and dropped and rearranged to create a story that makes sense. It moves and moves well from beginning to end. But.

But the problem is that Shakespeare's play is not at all about the story. That's just the skeleton on which some life altering metaphoric structure is built. Now all gone. You'll need Branagh for that, but his story doesn't flow effortlessly as this does.

Result: If you want Hamlet, seek him elsewhere. If you want a similar, masterful piece of filmwork, look here. The language is fittingly conversational not stentorian, so that the players can manage it. Just as well.

Ophelia is very pretty, and in her greatly reduced role does well. Her start-double take-astonishment-puzzlement after the play within the play is a moment which will last in your mind. This is an actress to watch.

Trivia: The incidental Osric here is the wonderful Mercutio in Zefferelli's much earlier Romeo and Juliet around whom the whole play revolves. The First Player (incidental in this version) is the excellent Friar in the other (macho thug MTV) Romeo + Juliet around whom that whole version revolves. Curious.

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