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 <>

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »


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23 June 2000 (USA)  »

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Amlet 2000  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$62,253 (USA) (12 May 2000)


$1,568,749 (USA) (11 August 2000)

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The beer in drinking scenes is Tuborg, a Danish brand. See more »


In Gertrude's bedroom, just after Hamlet kills Polonius, a boom mic is reflected in the windows. See more »


Ghost: I am thy father's spirit.
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Version of Amleto (1910) See more »


Written and Performed by Michael Hurley
Published by Snocko Music (BMI)
Administered by Bug Music, Inc.
Master Recording Courtesy of Field Recordings, Inc.
By Arrangement with Bug Music, Inc.
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Well, okay, it ain't exactly Olivier, but...............
17 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

any movie that attempts to bring the Shakespeare canon to a new audience has to be allowed fairly wide in the age of "Clerks", only right and fitting that we get a taste of Hamlet as a Kevin Smith-type community college slacker...filming from a severely truncated version of the play, this "Hamlet" still manages to provide some clever moments of originality...the "to be or not to be" monologue set in the "action" section of Blockbuster; an Ophelia who betrays Hamlet; the use of speakerphones and faxes to deliver dialog, in lieu of actors on screen...yeah, it's gimmicky...but if this is what it takes to get the Bard to the x and y-genners, then so be it...Joseph Papp would have approved...

that said, there's some interesting takes by Julia Stiles (Ophelia), Diana Venora (the Queen) and Bill Murray (Polonius) on their respective ain't all style over substance...

so come on, gave Mel a shot at this, didn't ya? give it a go...

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