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Hamlet (1990)

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A Danish prince and university student avenges his father's murder by his uncle, who stole the crown and married his mother.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
MacIntyre Dixon ...
Francisco / Gravedigger / Player
Marcellus / Sailor / Player
Robert Murch ...
Ghost / Priest
Michael Cumpsty ...
Philip Goodwin ...
Clement Fowler ...
Tanny McDonald ...


This is a Great Performances presentation of Joseph Papp's 1990 New York Shakespeare Festival production of the play. Hamlet returns from university for his father's funeral to find his uncle married to his mother. Prompted by his father's ghost, Hamlet carries out his investigation and revenge. Written by Kathy Li

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14 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kevin Kline does a rather excellent job with Hamlet, keeping the mania, self-righteousness and bitterness of Hamlet intact, all characteristics that make Hamlet less than likable, while still being a very sympathetic and throughly intriguing character. We can empathize with his plight, and even though he's often a lot to take, we feel like he really alone in a corrupt and vile world, and not just an overly critical bastard (like Brannagh's Hamlet.) Unfortunately, Ophelia sucks and practically derails the play. Claudius, Gertrude, and Horatio are impressive, but they can't save the play from Ophelia's dreadful overracting and the utter irritation that issues forth from this teleplay's Polonius. Overall, worth it for Kline, but far from perfect.

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