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  (in credits order)
Christoph Clark ... Hamlet (as Christopher Clark)

Sarah Young ... Ophelia
Draghixa ... Gertrude (as Maeva)
Roberto Malone ... Claudio
Richard Langin ... Horatio (as Richard Lengin)
Franco Lo Cascio ... The King-father (as Luca Damiano)
Joe D'Amato ... Polonio
Carole Nash ... Damsel
Vicca ... Damsel (as Vicky)
Krisztina ... Damsel (as Aliona)
Valentina ... Damsel
Lulu David ... Damsel (as Lulli)
Jacqueline ... Damsel
Shalimar ... Damsel
Valentina Martinez ... Damsel
Ildiko ... Laundry Girl
Gina Rome ... Laundry Girl (as Katia Cargo)
Dina Pearl ... Laundry Girl
Tanya La Riviere ... Actor
Mike Foster ... Actor
Marco Leandris ... Actor
Tony Cozzolino ... Actor
Valentino ... Actor
Zoltan Krucsioy ... Soldier
Tino Cianfi ... Soldier
Max Tersigni ... Soldier
Tony Tuzzi ... Soldier
Dino Mori ... Soldier
John Trotterella ... Soldier
Sante Villa ... The Captain
Henry Pro ... The 'Travesti'
Mauro Dogghin ... Husband
Richard Grosso ... Husband
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rosa Caracciolo ... Rocco's Girl
Maeva (as Maeva)
Tamara Radaz ... The Executioness (as Terry)

Rocco Siffredi ... Rocco Siffredi

Directed by
Franco Lo Cascio  (as Luca Damiano)
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play "Hamlet")

Bob Lions 

Produced by
Riccardo Billi .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Renato Doria (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dorothy Stratton 
Casting by
Mauro Dogghin 
Art Direction by
Alex Pancelli 
Makeup Department
Maria Teresa Carrera .... hair stylist
Giuseppe Ferranti .... makeup artist (as Pino Ferrante)
Production Management
Maurizio Di Milano .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe D'Amato .... second unit director
Filippo Marianetti .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Giovanni Angeloni .... camera operator (as Gianni Angeloni)
Bibo .... electrician
Ettore Corso .... camera operator
Gloriano Dal'Acqua .... still photographer (as Gloriano Dall'acouo)
Giovanni Lafrate .... best boy
Luciano Micheli .... electrician
Sérgio Penna .... electrician (as Sergio Penna)
Fabio Sergenti .... camera operator
Dino Tommaselli .... key grip boy
Casting Department
Gianfranco Romagnoli .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marco Leandris .... assistant costumes
Elisabeth Lo Cascio .... costumes
Location Management
Pasquale Troiani .... location manager
Other crew
Franco Billi .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"X Hamlet" - USA (DVD title)
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USA:110 min | Netherlands:91 min | UK:147 min (2 DVDs) (in two parts)
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
One of Luca Damiano's best: big-budget irreverent porn, 12 May 2011
Author: lor_ from New York, New York

For porn fans, the phrase "they don't make 'em like they used to" usually refers to the classic hardcore era of roughly the mid-'70s to the early '80s. But Luca Damiano's X HAMLET from 1995 truly fits that description - a lavishly filmed, all-star send-up of Shakespeare that is fun to watch.

In the version on Tip Top DVD in the U.S., tone is set with the theme song, "To f**k or not to f**k" (Damiano pointlessly reprises the song for his 2-part DECAMERON TALES film), a catchy rhythm number, and after the movie ends the cast segues into dancing to it (some via pixillation), also amusing. For the original UK English-dubbed release by Sarah Young Communications only classical music is used, and significantly this 2-part version (reissued on separate DVDs in Blighty in 2013) runs 35 minutes longer with extra scenes, compared to the U.S. edition.

What Damiano has done is to take oh-so-familiar scenes from "Hamlet" and use them as fodder for slapstick comedy & vulgar dialog mixed with XXX sex. I once took a college course at CWRU about film adaptations of Shakespeare plays, in which the issues and difficulties of transferring to the cinema medium were examined. Oddly enough Damiano succeeds where others (including even the celebrated Kenneth Branagh, perhaps more comfortable helming pulp movies ranging from DEAD AGAIN to THOR) have failed. That's because he throws out the rule book and is freed by not having to be "faithful" to the source.

Christoph Clark stars as the melancholy Dane, and with proper puddin' bowl haircut and convincing costuming he is up to the task, his XXX prowess a given. The castle locations are spectacular, and pop up in several other Damiano films made around this time.

Sarah Young as Ophelia remains one of my favorite feature roles for this fabulous British porn icon of vignette video fame. Filmmaker Mario Bianchi brought out the best of her (LUCRETIA, NIKITA), but Sarah's youthful beauty, vivaciousness, and anything-goes attitude serve the part well.

Draghixa steals the show as a lusty Gertrude, and a virtual who's who of European porn stars of the era, from Roberto Malone (excellent choice for Claudius) to Valentino have smaller roles. Rocco Siffredi appears anachronistically as himself (!), admired as a stud by Hamlet's ghost-dad (played by the director, Damiano), seen humping his classic TARZAN X co-star Rosa Caracciola in a quickie cameo.

The famous scene of the players, who reveal the plot in the final act, is very well done by Damiano, and in the spirit, rather than to the letter, of Elizabethan times, the entire ensemble steps out of character in the finale to break the 4th wall and salute the (porn) audience out there watching the movie. It's a wonderfully theatrical moment in a surprisingly upbeat porn opus.

To set the record straight, the dimwitted previous IMDb reviewer credits the direction and cinematography of this movie to Joe D'Amato (he's a fan who gives Joe credit for innumerable pictures he didn't make), both of which are untrue. Luca and his d.p. from his classic SNOW WHITE AND 7 DWARFS Renato Doria made the movie, while D'Amato is credited as 2nd unit director and also has fun playing Polonius. Several classic Mario Bianchi films, including LUCRETIA BORGIA, have the cinematographer listed as René Dorin, quite likely but not proved to be a pseudonym for the talented Doria.

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