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Royal Deceit (1994)

Prince of Jutland (original title)
This re-telling of Hamlet goes back to the original Danish source material. The opening scenario remains the same: Hamlet's father murdered by his brother who then weds the widowed mother. ... See full summary »

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This re-telling of Hamlet goes back to the original Danish source material. The opening scenario remains the same: Hamlet's father murdered by his brother who then weds the widowed mother. Hamlet must discover his strength and leadership that will allow him to regain his rightful throne. Don't expect an ending which matches the Bard's though, this is more like a true Viking epic. Written by Victor R. Volkman <sysop@HAL9K.com>

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His Quest for Vengeance... May Cost Him Everything.

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Rated R for some violence and scenes of nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

First film of Andy Serkis. See more »

Goofs

On the day Hardvendel dies, Fenge receives a significant cut wound to his upper left arm. The very next day, after Hardvendel's funeral, Fenge is seen stripped in a sauna and there is no trace of the wound whatsoever. See more »

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"I would like to thank my Mother for introducing me to, and teaching me to love these ancient Chronicles." - Gabriel Axel See more »

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Version of ITV Play of the Week: Hamlet (1956) See more »

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Low key version of Hamlet
11 May 2001 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

When I got over the initial surprise of what this movie was,(for some reason the writers of the blurb on the tape packaging don't want you to know), I found myself enjoying it.

This is not Shakespeare's Hamlet, with poetry, dramatic speeches and opportunities for showy histrionics but a steadily paced re-telling of the original Norse legend.

It's not for everybody but I found the combination of bleak Jutland scenery, calm voice-over narration and the momentum of the Royal intrigues fascinating and hypnotic.

Good acting by the principals.


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