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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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Amled
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Ribold
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Ragnar
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Hardvendel
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Caedman
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Aslak
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Torsten
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Aelfred
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Frovin
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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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First film of Andy Serkis. 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 (1964) See more »

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Keep an open mind and broaden your horizon
20 June 2005 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This is certainly not a film for you if you prefer Hollywood productions. It has absolutely nothing to do with Shakespeare. Nor is it a film about Hamlet. It is, however, definitely a film about Amled, Prince of Jutland and follows, as such, the narrative by Saxo Grammaticus. The director has fully understood this and has carefully adjusted the tone and atmosphere of the film to match the ancient Viking saga. Life was simple in those days, as were the words. There is no melancholy, brooding and doubting prince in this film, there is only a prince with his heart set on calculated revenge with more than a spot of quick wit and humor. So, if you want to dive in and give this film a chance, you have to keep an open mind. If you do that, you're in for a unique experience that will broaden your horizon and teach you to appreciate alternative film making. IMO, one of the best saga films ever made.


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