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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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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:
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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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About Hamlet's famous "To be or not to be" monologue, many critics have complained for decades about the line: "Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and, by opposing, end them?" The complaint is that Hamlet is mixing metaphors: Fortune (Fate) does not actually shoot arrows at people, and you can't use your swords against the sea. The assumption seems to be that Shakespeare was too tired, or too lazy, to fit metaphorical causes with metaphorical effects. Shakespeare (and therefore Hamlet) were too smart to be that sloppy in their speech. Hamlet is complaining that these forces (fate and the ocean) are precisely too abstract, too formless, too monstrous, and too inhuman for a human to use weapons against - arrows against a vague idea such as Fortune, or swords and knives against an ocean. You can't fight on those levels. Hamlet was grieving, but he was never stupid.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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47 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
A genius adaptation, 16 April 1999
Author: "Hamlet" from Virginia, US

Zeferelli, although cut some seemingly vital parts to the play, made it his own, and created a beautiful tribute to Shakespeare. I am sure if the Bard had a camera, he would have filmed and wrote the screenplay somewhat the same.

Mel Gibson has portrayed Hamlet in the most true-to-human nature as anyone ever has. His brooding and depressing personality is realistic. Gibson doesn't allow the madness to overcome him. He is passionate, powerful and the epitome of the son who has gone through hell over his father's death and incestuous marriage of his mother. His performance brings tears to my eyes.

Glenn Close is amazing; her motherly attitude and sincerity toward Hamlet is so much that one sometimes cannot feel anger towards her. Close gives life to Gertrude that no one has been able to before or after. She is a real character, with traits both despicable and kind.

The other performances are astounding, especially when it comes to Helena Bonham-Carter's moment of lunacy in Ophelia. Her reaction to her father's death is so convincing and terribly sad that I cry at merely seeing her.

The interpretation of the story is a perfect one that required surely a great amount of thought and reading of the very play. Zeferelli interprets it so well, that it flows like real life. Every aspect comes together to form a very real event.

Zeferelli is a master filmmaker, and I highly suggest this film to anyone who has ever marveled at the human spirit portrayed through film, and literature as well.

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