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Hamlet (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 December 1996 (USA)
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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Riz Abbasi ...
Attendant to Claudius
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David Blair ...
Attendant to Claudius
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Peter Bygott ...
Attendant to Claudius
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Charles Daish ...
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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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Rated PG-13 for some violent images and sexuality | See all certifications »

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25 December 1996 (USA)  »

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William Shakespeare's Hamlet  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$4,414,535 (USA) (11 April 1997)
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2.20 : 1
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Like others before him who simultaneously acted and directed a film, Kenneth Branagh used an acting double, Orlando Seale to play Hamlet during camera set-ups and rehearsals. This means Seale had to learn and perform almost the entire play with the entire cast, yet only appears on screen as an extra, playing the part of a 'Boatman'. See more »

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As Claudius and Gertrude welcome Hamlet back to Denmark in the throne room, the ladies to the side change places. See more »

Quotes

Hamlet: The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.
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Version of Act III, Scene 1 (2010) See more »

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In Youth When I Did Love
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Written by William Shakespeare
Performed by Billy Crystal
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5 December 2000 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

It's hard to say anything about a movie like this because there isn't enough words to give this magnificent, stylish and unique film the veneration it unquestionably deserves. They should make this the official and only true real Hamlet -movie because all the previous films out of the same immortal spectacle are being overshadowed by Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet".

It's a perfect, complete version of the play, potent, massive, earthshaking first-class masterpiece Shakespeare would have been proud of. They've packed over a dozen of world-famous top actors in the same film and everyone of them is having one of the greatest performances of their career. Every moving and charming sequence leaves behind a comprehensive sense of satisfaction.

The cameras embrace gracefully the enchanting coulisses. Branagh is phenomenal in the leading role. His sharp, irresistible performance is the only one of it's kind and will be permanently part of the glorious movie history. Every second in this presentation is feast for the movie lover from beginning to the very end. Branagh's version of "Hamlet" is among the ten best motion pictures ever.


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