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Hamlet (2000)

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Modern-day New York City adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder.

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New York, 2000. A specter in the guise of the newly-dead CEO of Denmark Corporation appears to Hamlet, tells of murder most foul, demands revenge, and identifies the killer as Claudius, the new head of Denmark, Hamlet's uncle and now step-father. Hamlet must determine if the ghost is truly his father, and if Claudius did the deed. To buy time, Hamlet feigns madness; to catch his uncle's conscience, he invites him to watch a film he's made that shows a tale of murder. Finally convinced of Claudius's guilt, Hamlet must avenge his father. Claudius now knows Hamlet is a threat and even uses Ophelia, Hamlet's love, in his own plots against the young man. Murder will out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,432 (UK) (15 December 2000)

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$17,432 (UK) (15 December 2000)
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The average full stage production of 'Hamlet' clocks in at around 4 hours. This film version only lasts 112 minutes. See more »

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In the fencing bout on the rooftop, Hamlet and Laertes are dressed in modern foil fencing gear (with electric vests) but use épées instead of foils. See more »

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Polonius: We are oft to blame in this, tis too much proved that with devotions pious we do sugar o'er the devil himself
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Version of Lletres catalanes (1975) See more »

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Symphony No. 1: First Movement
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Music by Johannes Brahms
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Strange interpretation of Hamlet
25 June 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I didn't like this movie for many reasons, there really wasn't any excitement in the film, Ethan Hawke's character seemed as if he were on Valium, hamlet's character was enraged, Ethan hawke wasn't. Although Ethan Hawke is my favorite actor and his presence on screen is mystical, but i didn't like this film. I preferred previous hamlet versions, i.e., Kenneth Branagh's hamlet and Laurence Olivier's. I've noticed that Diane venora likes to play Shakespearean characters, well, she graduated from the Juilliard school. I would have loved to seen Ethan hawke play a more enraged hamlet, which would have made the film more exciting to watch, and the other characters too. Well, it was a strange interpretation by Michael Almereyda. I wouldn't recommend this film.


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