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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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David Blair ...
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Michael Bryant ...
Peter Bygott ...
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Charles Daish ...
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Storyline

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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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

At nine, this films holds the record for the most Oscar winning actors in the cast: Jack Lemmon (Marcellus) won Best Supporting Actor for Mister Roberts (1955) and Best Actor for Save the Tiger (1973), Charlton Heston (The Player King) won Best Actor for Ben-Hur (1959), Julie Christie (Gertrude) won Best Actress for Darling (1965), John Mills (Old Norway) won Best Supporting Actor for Ryan's Daughter (1970), John Gielgud (Priam) won Best Supporting Actor for Arthur (1981), Richard Attenborough (The English Ambassador) won Best Director for Gandhi (1982), Robin Williams (Osric) won Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting (1997), Judi Dench (Hecuba) won Best Supporting Actress for Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Kate Winslet (Ophelia) won Best Actress for The Reader (2008). See more »

Goofs

When Laertes is shouting at Claudius on his return it is shot from two angles. From Claudius' view Laertes' sword is pressing against his neck and he pushes on it as he speaks, but from Laertes' view his sword is not touching and he waves it slightly as he speaks. See more »

Quotes

Claudius: Where is Polonius?
[Strikes Hamlet with the back of his hand]
Hamlet: In heaven. Send thither to see. If your messenger find him not there, seek him in the other place yourself!
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In Pace
Performed by Plácido Domingo
Text researched and adapted by Russell Jackson
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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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