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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 ...
Reg E. Cathey ...
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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Strong Version Overall
31 December 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

For the most part, this is a first-rate version of the play, and the current mean score -- 7.8 -- is a lot more reasonable than the ridiculously low "weighted" average of five-and-a-half.

Kevin Kline is excellent for the most part, especially when he's being quietly contemptuous and bitterly ironic. He only falters somewhat when trying to express loud rage. At these points (thankfully rare) he bellows in a melodramatic, actorish manner and occasionally rolls around on the floor ala Curly in The Three Stooges.

Special note should be made of Peter Francis James, who plays Horatio. He's excellent as Hamlet's one real friend. His attempt to act like a true "Roman" actually brought a tear to my eye -- the only time I've ever gotten weepy during this particular play.


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