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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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William Shakespeare (play)
Kenneth Branagh (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 December 1996 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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)
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 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)
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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:
Many of the actors in the film have worked with director/lead actor Kenneth Branagh before this production. Examples include Richard Briers (Much Ado About Nothing (1993)), Derek Jacobi (Dead Again (1991)), Robin Williams (Dead Again (1991)), and Brian Blessed (Henry V (1989)).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Hamlet first appears, he puts his hands behind his back twice.See more »
Quotes:
Hamlet:I myself am indifferent honest, yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Hamlet (1908/II)See more »
Soundtrack:
In PaceSee more »

FAQ

Why did Hamlet treat his mother and Ophelia badly?
Is it true that Hamlet faked his madness?
Does Branagh really include all of Shakespeare's play in his film script?
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35 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Not What I was Expecting..., 6 October 2004
Author: annoying_goit from England

Still being of school age, and having to learn Shakespeare almost constantly for the last four years (which is very off-putting of any writer, no matter how good), I didn't really expect to enjoy this film when my English teacher put it on; I thought it'd be the typical English lesson movie: bad acting, awfully shot, badly edited and the dreaded awful old dialog, so, as you can tell, I was all but ready to go into a coma from the go. However, I watched and, much to my disturbance, found myself not only paying attention, but actually enjoying the movie too. This production of Hamlet is possibly one of the best drama movies I have seen in a long time- and it really brings to life what I expect Shakespeare wanted his plays to be like (well, with the difference that this is cinema) much better than my English teacher harking over the text ever possibly could. The story is good, the dialog seems to flow with an unexpected grace that is far from boring (though a little hard to keep up with if you aren't used to Shakespeare's language) and even the smallest parts are performed with a skill you wouldn't expect; mainly, perhaps, due to the staggering number of cameos this movie has. Brian Blessed and Charlton Heston are as great as you'd expect these two veterans to be, even in such small parts, but it is Robin Williams as Osric and Billy Crystal as the Gravedigger who really stand out, giving such minor parts an unexpected zest, as well as offering some comic relief amidst the tragedy.

The main stars, of course, are also wonderful. Kenneth Branagh excels as Hamlet, bringing not only the confusion and pain required to the roll, but also a sort of sardonic air which plays beautifully in the comic scenes, making the movie as a whole much more watchable. The other major players are also good, but it is Kenneth Branagh who stands head and shoulders above the rest in the title role.

The set pieces, too, are often quite stunning, giving a refreshing change to the danky old castle corridors we're used to seeing in Shakespeare productions, as well as a real sense of the country around them.

Of course, the movie, taken as a movie in its own right, is not without faults, but no major ones (the pacing is the only real problem I can think of offhand, as well as the prose for anyone not used to, as I said, Shakesperean language) and, especially when compared to the sort of Shakespeare productions I'm used to seeing in class, it really is quite brilliant. It's even made me rethink my previous typical teenager stance on Shakespeare, that his plays are boring (I came to the conclusion it's not the plays that are boring, merely the teachers who recite them in class). If only they made all of his plays into movies such as this one, English students in schools everywhere might have a higher opinion of the Bard.

Overall 7/10

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