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Hamlet (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  25 December 1996 (USA)
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Attendant to Claudius
David Blair ...
Attendant to Claudius
Michael Bryant ...
Peter Bygott ...
Attendant to Claudius
Charles Daish ...
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Reece Dinsdale ...


Hamlet, son of the king of Denmark, is summoned home for his father's funeral and his mother's wedding to his uncle. In a supernatural episode, he discovers that his uncle, whom he hates anyway, murdered his father. In an incredibly convoluted plot--the most complicated and most interesting in all literature--he manages to (impossible to put this in exact order) feign (or perhaps not to feign) madness, murder the "prime minister," love and then unlove an innocent whom he drives to madness, plot and then unplot against the uncle, direct a play within a play, successfully conspire against the lives of two well-meaning friends, and finally take his revenge on the uncle, but only at the cost of almost every life on stage, including his own and his mother's. Written by John Brosseau <brossj5683@aol.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent images and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

William Shakespeare's Hamlet  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$148,321 (USA) (27 December 1996)


ITL 1,526,158,000 (Italy) (6 June 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robin Williams and Billy Crystal were not allowed to be on the set at the same time during filming, for fear they would crack up the cast and crew, and cause major production delays. See more »


After Hamlet speaks with his father in his woods, while he runs and is met by Marcellus and Horatio, there is a quick pan shot in the woods where you see a ladder covered by a long board on the ground. See more »


Polonius: [Talking aside to himself] Though this be madness, yet there is method in't!
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Version of TV de Vanguarda: Hamlet (1953) See more »


In Youth When I Did Love
Written by William Shakespeare
Performed by Billy Crystal
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User Reviews

My favorite movie; at last a Hamlet that "CAN make his mind" :)
20 October 2004 | by (Szczecin, Poland) – See all my reviews

The actors play wonderfully, especially Kenneth Branagh himself. It's good that Robin Williams got the comedy role of Osiric, otherwise it could be a bit strange to see him in such a production. It is really great that Kenneth decided to use the fullest version of the text, this happens definitely not too often... Thanks to that the viewers can see the whole, not the chosen - by the director - parts. Also - thank God that the film is in a classical form; NO to surrealistic fanfaberies ! Although "Tytus Andronicus" was impressive nevertheless, but still Hamlet is a different story, at least that's my point of view.

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