Let the Devil Wear Black (1999)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller, Drama  |  9 June 2000 (Spain)
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In this updated version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, a young man comes face-to-face with personal treachery after suspecting that his father may have been murdered.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lyne
Carl Lyne
Brooke Taylor ...
Helen Lyne
Julia Hirsch
Jeffrey Schoeny ...
Young Jack
Jack's Father
Bartender (as Thomas Duffy)
Sol Hirsch


A college student launches an investigation into his wealthy father's death when he suspects his mother and his uncle may have been involved. His suspicions seem cemented when the two announce their impending marriage only shortly after the death. The student's girl friend is also revealed to be increasingly unstable as the investigation progresses. Satch also is revealed to be deeply involved, but the connection has to be found. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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16 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A bold and worthy attempt to update Shakespeare's Hamlet by stripping the play of its dialogue, and turning it into a contemporary murder story.

Of course it isn't always successful, I suspect that no such strategy would be, since Shakespeare's language is actually more important than his plotting.

Still, the sincerity of cast and crew carry the effort a great ways. The Rozencrantz and Guildenstern sup-plot was, I thought, particularly well-handled.

I have shown this to people who say they hate Shakespeare, without telling them the connection to the bard, and they have generally found it fascinating. Perhaps this is the only way some people can "get" Shakespeare.

definitely worth a viewing.

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