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Hamlet -- 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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Director:
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William Shakespeare (play)
Kenneth Branagh (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 December 1996 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Riz Abbasi ... Attendant to Claudius

Richard Attenborough ... English Ambassador
David Blair ... Attendant to Claudius

Brian Blessed ... Ghost of Hamlet's Father

Kenneth Branagh ... Hamlet

Richard Briers ... Polonius
Michael Bryant ... Priest
Peter Bygott ... Attendant to Claudius

Julie Christie ... Gertrude

Billy Crystal ... First Gravedigger
Charles Daish ... Stage Manager

Judi Dench ... Hecuba

Gérard Depardieu ... Reynaldo
Reece Dinsdale ... Guildenstern

Ken Dodd ... Yorick
Angela Douglas ... Attendant to Gertrude
Rob Edwards ... Lucianus

Nicholas Farrell ... Horatio

Ray Fearon ... Francisco
Yvonne Gidden ... Doctor

John Gielgud ... Priam

Rosemary Harris ... Player Queen

Charlton Heston ... Player King

Ravil Isyanov ... Cornelius

Derek Jacobi ... Claudius

Rowena King ... Attendant to Gertrude
Jeffery Kissoon ... Fortinbras's Captain
Sarah Lam ... Attendant to Gertrude

Jack Lemmon ... Marcellus

Ian McElhinney ... Barnardo

Michael Maloney ... Laertes
John Spencer-Churchill ... Fortinbras's Captain (as Duke of Marlborough)

John Mills ... Old Norway

Jimi Mistry ... Sailor Two
Sian Radinger ... Prologue
Melanie Ramsey ... Prostitute

Simon Russell Beale ... Second Gravedigger

Andrew Schofield ... Young Lord

Rufus Sewell ... Fortinbras

Timothy Spall ... Rosencrantz
Thomas Szekeres ... Young Hamlet (as Tom Szekeres)
Ben Thom ... First Player

Don Warrington ... Voltimand

Perdita Weeks ... Second Player

Robin Williams ... Osric

Kate Winslet ... Ophelia
David Yip ... Sailor One
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Bowles ... Cadet in Play (uncredited)

Kenneth W Caravan ... Laertes Mob (uncredited)
Frank Morgan ... Pyrrhus (uncredited)
Melanie Ramsay ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Orlando Seale ... Boatman (uncredited)
Jimmy Yuill ... Alexander (uncredited)

Directed by
Kenneth Branagh 
 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark")

Kenneth Branagh (screenplay)

Produced by
David Barron .... producer
 
Original Music by
Patrick Doyle 
 
Cinematography by
Alex Thomson 
 
Film Editing by
Neil Farrell 
 
Casting by
Simone Pereira Hind  (as Simone Ireland)
Vanessa Pereira 
 
Production Design by
Tim Harvey 
 
Art Direction by
Desmond Crowe 
 
Costume Design by
Alexandra Byrne 
 
Makeup Department
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Sian Grigg .... makeup artist
Peter Montagna .... makeup artist
Kerrie R. Plant .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Iona Price .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sara Desmond .... third assistant director
Sallie Anne Hard .... second assistant director (as Sallie-Ann Hard)
Simon Moseley .... first assistant director
Richard Styles .... second assistant director
Tom White .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Celia Bobak .... production buyer
Mick Chubbock .... plasterer
Don Dossett .... assistant art director
Danny Hunter .... property master
Richard Lyon .... construction buyer
Brian Pegg .... plasterer
Michael Redding .... construction coordinator
Jamie Shelley .... painter
Alan Hausmann .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Glossop .... production sound mixer
Tom Glossop .... sound assistant
Tim Hands .... adr editor
Micki Joanni .... synchron editor
Dominic Lester .... sound re-recording mixer
Jonathan Mann .... assistant foley editor
Shaun Mills .... boom operator
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Pennell .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Dave Crownshaw .... snow effects supervisor
Michael Dawson .... special effects administrator
Kevin Draycott .... special effects foreman
Manex Efrem .... special effects technician
Darrell Guyon .... senior special effects technician
John Mason .... snow effects technician
Kevin Mathews .... special effects wire technician
Graham Povey .... special effects technician
Valter Santos .... snow effects technician
Jody Taylor .... special effects assistant
Joss Williams .... special effects supervisor
Dave Chagouri .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Mark E. Raymond .... snow effects technician (uncredited)
Mark Sanger .... special effects apprentice (uncredited)
Lucien Stephenson .... snow effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
David Carrigan .... first assistant director: vfx unit
Matthew D'Angibau .... model unit runner
Adrian De Wet .... scanning operator
Tom Debenham .... visual effects designer
Jessie Doyle .... optical trainee
Dan Glass .... visual effects designer
José Granell .... director of miniature effects
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: CFC
Antony Hunt .... visual effects supervisor
Alison O'Brien .... visual effects producer
Joe Pavlo .... scanning operator
Daniel Pettipher .... digital compositor: The Magic Camera Company
Catherine M. Shaw .... assistant producer, scanning and recording: CFC
Andy Stevens .... visual effects camera assistant: Magic Camera Co
Nigel Stone .... director of photography: model unit
Anthony Wonsoff .... visual effects assistant
 
Stunts
Andy Bennett .... stunt performer
Simon Crane .... stunt coordinator
Tom Delmar .... stunt double: Hamlet's Father
Tom Delmar .... stunts
Sarah Franzl .... stunt performer
Steve Griffin .... stunts
Paul Herbert .... stunts
Sean McCabe .... assistant stunt coordinator
Sean McCabe .... stunt double: Hamlet
Ray Nicholas .... stunts
Andreas Petrides .... stunt double: Laertes
Royston Munt .... horse stunt (uncredited)
Peter Pedrero .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... key grip
Robert Binnall .... first assistant camera
Tony Cridlin .... grip
Scott Holland .... video assistant
Tony Jackson .... camera operator
Martin Kenzie .... camera operator
Rolf Konow .... still photographer
Ossa Mills .... rigging gaffer
Nic Milner .... camera operator
David Morani .... gaffer
Robert Palmer .... second assistant camera
Chyna Thomson .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
George Richmond .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Cooke .... costume trainee
Dan Grace .... dresser to Mr. Branagh
Andrew Hunt .... costume assistant
Sharon Long .... costume supervisor
Debbie Scott .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Simon Astbury .... colorist: rushes
Jens Baylis .... assistant editor
Robbie Broughton .... assistant editor
Dan Farrell .... associate editor (as Daniel Farrell)
Paul King .... negative cutter
Melanie Viner-Cuneo .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Lawrence Ashmore .... orchestrator
Patrick Doyle .... music producer
Gerard McCann .... music editor
Roy Prendergast .... supervising music editor
Maggie Rodford .... music producer
Randy Spendlove .... executive music producer
Robert Ziegler .... conductor
John Bell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Geoff Foster .... score recordist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Terry Pritchard .... driver: Kenneth Branagh
 
Other crew
Ben Burt .... floor runner
Nick Daubeny .... location manager
Lindy Davies .... performance consultant
Lil Heyman .... production coordinator
Russell Jackson .... text consultant (as Dr. Russell Jackson)
Annie Penn .... script supervisor (as Annie Wotton)
Kevin Phelan .... 65 mm scanning and recording producer: The Computer Film Company
Nick Powell .... fight arranger
Nick Powell .... sword master
Helen Seery .... assistant accountant
Rebecca Erwin Spencer .... assistant: Mr. Williams
Phil Stoole .... production assistant
Tamar Thomas .... assistant: Mr Branagh
Susan Weeks .... tutor chaperone
Tom White .... location assistant
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor (uncredited)
Adam D. Wright .... distribution executive (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Stephen Fry .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"William Shakespeare's Hamlet" - USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some violent images and sexuality
Runtime:
242 min | 150 min (cut version)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby Digital (35 mm prints) | SDDS (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Hugh Crumwell was the then-principal of the RADA in which Kenneth Branagh studied. Crumwell was on the set all the time; he came as a request by Branagh to give an objective critique for the performance of each take.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In the very long shot along the length of the throne room, the cameras are visible in the mirrors.See more »
Quotes:
Hamlet:Now mother, what's the matter?
Gertrude:Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended.
Hamlet:Mother, you have *my* father much offended.
Gertrude:Come, come, you answer with an idle tongue.
Hamlet:Go, go, you question with a wicked tongue!
Gertrude:Why, how now, Hamlet?
Hamlet:What's the matter now?
Gertrude:Have you forgot me?
Hamlet:No by the rood, not so! You are the queen, your husband's brother's wife!
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Does Branagh really include all of Shakespeare's play in his film script?
Why did Hamlet treat his mother and Ophelia badly?
Did Hamlet really love Ophelia?
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52 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Branagh triumphant., 4 June 1999
Author: Hermit C-2 from Marietta, GA, USA

What an ambitious project Kenneth Branagh undertook here and how well it was realized! This is the first filmed version of 'Hamlet' to use the full text of Shakespeare's play, but Branagh didn't do it just because "it was there." His intention, I believe, was to make the play accessible and understandable to the general viewer without dumbing it down, so to speak. In return he asks viewers to put in a little work themselves, a fair enough proposition and one that's a bargain.

The setting is a generic 19th century European one and this does more than work well, it keeps a modern or ancient look from possibly distracting from the work itself. The production design and cinematography and both outstanding, which helps immensely when you're watching a four-hour movie. Branagh's casting once again is inspired and the acting is likewise. The direction accomplishes the heavy task of making this a movie rather than a deluxe version of a play. Since so much of 'Hamlet' is based on interior monologue and there are relatively few duels, battles, etc., this can be a daunting task. But everything Branagh tries to do seems to work.

Branagh has always been one of the most interesting actor/writer/directors, if not always the best, since he made his big splash with 'Henry V.' One quibble I had with him was what I saw as a tendency to ham it up at times. In his portrayal of Hamlet here he might be accused of that again, but there is a method at work. Let's face it, 'Hamlet' is not an easy work for the average person to understand and if one has never seen it performed before, he or she needs help even if they've read the play. Hamlet has the most lines of any Shakespearian character and Branagh makes sure that his viewers know what this man is thinking and feeling throughout the film, even if you don't know the literal meaning of every arcane word. This performance by Branagh was at the very least worthy of an Oscar nomination.

There are so many other outstanding performances here they're almost too numerous to mention, but some of them must be acknowledged. Derek Jacobi as Claudius is superb but even he takes a back seat to Kate Winslet when it comes to handing out praise. Her portrayal of Ophelia is awesome in its depth of feeling, made only more outstanding by the knowledge that she was only about 20 years old at the time! She looks to me like the finest young actress around. Other super performers in no particular order are Richard Briers, Nicholas Farrell, Michael Maloney, and Reece Dinsdale and Timothy Spall as Guildenstern and Rosencrantz, respectively. Honorable mention goes to Julie Christie, Charlton Heston, and Robin Williams, who manages to do his thing here successfully. Even Billy Crystal as a gravedigger works. The one cast member who doesn't, inexplicably, is Jack Lemmon. In the very opening scene he appears, and while the other three actors do a great job at setting the tense mood, Lemmon sounds like he is just running lines in rehearsal as a favor. You know this must have been a real dilemma for Branagh, since everything else about the movies screams out that it's the work of a perfectionist.

Not to be facetious when speaking of a four-hour movie, but it does seem just a tad too long. Some monologues and conversations do tend to go on a bit, if I may be so bold, and a little bit of judicious pruning would be welcome.

Did I forget anything, other than Patrick Doyle's score? No doubt I did. I'll just sum up by saying that Kenneth Branagh may have made the definitive film version of 'Hamlet,' and it will be a truly monumental production that tops this one.

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