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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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Torsten
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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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The first of two movies pairing Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsale. See more »

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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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The director would like to thank Extras for their patience and cooperation. See more »

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Version of Hamlet (1985) See more »

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The Hamlet that Shakespeare did not write. More Authentic is better.
15 May 2007 | by (Central City, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Danish director Gabriel Axel sets out to tell the real history of the sixth century King of Jutland(Denmark) moving away from the Anglesized version of the story by Shakespeare and giving a better feeling version. I, like many people was not sure what to expect when I ordered the DVD, having just seen the American title (Royal Deceit) and being fascinated by it. Little did I know what treat was in store. Gabriel Byrne again proves why he is one of our busier actors today as the malevolent Fenge, plotting treachery behind every smile. And Christian Bale is just outstanding as the supposed mad second son of the dead King of Jutland. Helen Mirren is up to her usual standards as the queen, and Kate Beckinsale is always a delight, especially in this role, so different than her characters in "Underworld" and "Van Helsing." It is also a pleasure to see Brian Cox ("X-Men II) in one of his rare good guy roles. It is not a big or a long film, but a well crafted, tightly directed gem of a film, especially for those whose tastes run to the historical.


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