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Hamlet -- Hot Hollywood star Ethan Hawke (TRAINING DAY) is joined by Julia Stiles (10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU) and Bill Murray (LOST IN TRANSLATION) in a hip, thoroughly contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's epic story of passion, betrayal, and revenge!

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William Shakespeare (play)
Michael Almereyda (screen adaptation)
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12 July 2000 (Belgium) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Ethan Hawke ... Hamlet

Kyle MacLachlan ... Claudius

Diane Venora ... Gertrude

Sam Shepard ... Ghost

Bill Murray ... Polonius

Liev Schreiber ... Laertes

Julia Stiles ... Ophelia

Karl Geary ... Horatio

Paula Malcomson ... Marcella

Steve Zahn ... Rosencrantz
Dechen Thurman ... Guildenstern
Rome Neal ... Barnardo

Jeffrey Wright ... Gravedigger

Paul Bartel ... Osric

Casey Affleck ... Fortinbras
Robert Thurman ... Priest

Tim Blake Nelson ... Flight Captain
John Wills Martin ... Claudius' Bodyguard (as John Martin)
Bernadette Jurkowski ... Blockbuster Clerk
Robert MacNeil ... Player King
D.J. Dara ... Special Guest Appearance
Sinead Dolan ... Special Guest Appearance (as Sinéad Dolan)
Paul Ferriter ... Special Guest Appearance

Larry Fessenden ... Kissing Man
Sarah Fiol ... Special Guest Appearance
Tanya Gingerich ... Special Guest Appearance
Paul Graham ... Special Guest Appearance
Henry Griffin ... Special Guest Appearance
India Reed Kotis ... Special Guest Appearance
Ayun Halliday ... Special Guest Appearance
Greg Kotis ... Special Guest Appearance
Barry Manasch ... Special Guest Appearance
Philip McKenney ... Special Guest Appearance
Anne Nixon ... Special Guest Appearance
Colin Puth ... Special Guest Appearance
Charles Renfro
Giancarlo Roma ... Special Guest Appearance
Thomas Roma ... Special Guest Appearance

Kelly Sebastian ... Secretary (as Kelly Millicent Sebastian)

Directed by
Michael Almereyda 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
William Shakespeare (play)

Michael Almereyda (screen adaptation)

Produced by
Jason Blum .... executive producer
Andrew Fierberg .... producer
Callum Greene .... line producer
Amy Hobby .... producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
 
Cinematography by
John de Borman 
 
Film Editing by
Kristina Boden 
 
Production Design by
Gideon Ponte 
 
Art Direction by
Jeanne Develle 
Jeff Nelson 
 
Costume Design by
Marco Cattoretti 
Luca Mosca 
 
Makeup Department
Lorrie Ann Dobbins .... additional hair stylist
Hildie Ginsberg .... assistant hair stylist
Hildie Ginsberg .... assistant makeup artist
Halie Hourabit .... makeup intern
Kyra Panchenko .... key hair stylist
Kyra Panchenko .... key makeup artist
Kerrie R. Plant .... assistant hair stylist
Kerrie R. Plant .... assistant makeup artist
Susan Reilly LeHane .... hair stylist (as Susan Reilly)
Susan Reilly LeHane .... makeup artist (as Susan Reilly)
Tania Ribalow .... hair stylist
Tania Ribalow .... makeup artist
Marie Sanitate .... additional hair stylist
 
Production Management
Anthony Katagas .... production manager
Jennifer Lane .... post-production supervisor
Brian Wray .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Coleman .... second second assistant director
Marco Londoner .... first assistant director
Christopher Savage .... assistant director (as Chris Savage)
Chip Signore .... first assistant director
Ann Taylor .... assistant director
Doug Torres .... additional first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jaleel Bunton .... scenic artist
Carolyn Castagna .... scenic artist
Marie Penvern Collins .... scenic artist
Joshua Drew .... set dresser
Jeff Everett .... set dresser (as Jeffrey Everett)
Joshua Everett .... set dresser
Jack Flanagan .... property master
Betty Floyd .... scenic artist
Janan Floyd .... scenic artist
Maxine Giordani .... assistant property master
Marvel Cisse Laurent .... scenic artist
Jeff Nelson .... lead man
Karen C. Nelson .... scenic artist
Anne Reiss .... art production assistant
Ola Ronke .... art department coordinator (as Ola Akinmowo)
Terry Royce .... props (2000)
Sebastian Sergent .... art intern
Ethan Tobman .... art intern
Ruben Verdu .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Matthew Armstrong .... boom operator
Mike Decker .... additional boom operator
Gerald Donlan .... additional sound editor
Dan Edelstein .... additional sound editor
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist
Russell Farmarco .... adr editor
Gran Finale .... boom operator
Aleksandr Gruzdev .... sound re-recording mixer
Orada Jusatayanond .... sound effects editor
Jansen Lambie .... additional boom operator
Ai-Ling Lee .... sound effects editor
Branka Mrkic .... additional sound editor
Igor Nikolic .... assistant sound editor
Klaus Peintner .... foley recordist
Andy Potvin .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Monique Reymond .... foley artist
Steve Schwartz .... additional assistant sound editor
Charlotte Stobbs .... additional assistant sound editor
Dominick Tavella .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Noah Timan .... production sound mixer
Noah Timan .... sound
Sean Tyroler .... sound editor (as Sean Tyroller)
Elmo Weber .... sound re-recording mixer
Elmo Weber .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
 
Stunts
David S. Lomax .... stunts (as David Lomax)
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Valerie D. Archos .... camera loader
Matt Blades .... best boy grip (as Matthew Blades)
Hugo Bonilla .... additional grip
Rick Bruck .... camera car
Louis Chang-Green .... grip intern
Aryn Chapman .... additional second assistant camera
Jesse Cummings .... video engineer
John de Borman .... camera operator
Jim Denault .... additional cinematographer
Johnny Erbes-Chan .... key grip
Brant S. Fagan .... Steadicam operator
Matthew Ford .... best boy electric
George Frazier III .... additional electrician
Tim Guffin .... additional assistant camera (as Timothy Guffin)
Melissa Guimaraes .... additional grip
Matthew Hale .... best boy grip
David Harges .... additional grip (as David Lee Harges)
Sandy Hays .... Steadicam operator
John Herron .... additional cinematographer
J. Alan Hostetter .... gaffer (as Alan Hostetter)
Sarosh Hussain .... additional first assistant camera
Curt A. Jentsch .... additional electrician
Stuart Kaufman .... additional grip
Nils Kenaston .... additional second camera operator
Steven Kometani .... electric swing
Steven Kometani .... grip
Tara Landry .... additional electrician
Albino Marsetti .... additional electrician
Stephanie Martin .... third electrician
Lance Mayer .... additional assistant camera
Lance Mayer .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Brian McKee .... key grip
Jesse McLean .... third grip
Aaron Medick .... additional electrician
Scott Miller .... gaffer
Michael Mizell .... best boy electric
Johnny North .... additional dolly grip
Brian Pryzpek .... director of photography: additional photography
Brian Pryzpek .... gaffer (as Brian Przypek)
Sam Redfield .... additional grip
Joshua Reed .... additional swing
Larry Riley .... still photographer
John Schultz .... electrician
Melissa Soltis .... additional second assistant camera
Tim Spellman .... key grip
Jason Summers .... best boy electric
Cyril Thomas .... assistant camera
Mike Vanderleek .... additional electrician
Derek Walker .... additional first assistant camera
Derek Walker .... second assistant camera
Howard Weiner .... video engineer
Aurelia Winborn .... additional first assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Jim Gettinger .... animator: Denmark logo
Lewis Klahr .... animator
 
Casting Department
Byron Crystal .... extras casting
Jennifer McNamara .... casting consultant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Galvelis .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Mariana Vera .... wardrobe intern
 
Editorial Department
Ethan Barshay .... negative assistant
Spiro Carras .... editorial supervisor: international version
Aaron Denenberg .... negative cutter
Elliott Gamson .... negative matcher
Amy Postner .... negative assistant
David Pultz .... color timer
David Ray .... additional editor
Mattia Romeo .... assistant editor
Michael Yetter .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
John Beal .... musician: bass
Carter Burwell .... conductor
Carter Burwell .... orchestrator
Nick Cords .... musician: viola
Bruno Eichler .... musician: violin
Michael Farrow .... music scoring engineer
Gordon Gottlieb .... musician: percussion
Dawn Hannay .... musician: viola
Ben Herman .... musician: percussion
Steve Kasow .... assistant music editor
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Lisa E. Kim .... musician: violin
Jeanne Le Blanc .... musician: cello
William Mays .... musician: piano and celeste
John Moses .... musician: clarinet
Eugene J. Moye .... musician: cello (as Gene Moye)
Sandra Park .... music contractor
Sandra Park .... musician: violin
Dean Parker .... music copyist
Adam Rogers .... musician: guitar
Beth Rosenblatt .... music supervisor
Stacy Shames .... musician: harp
Shelley Woodworth .... musician: oboe and English horn
Sharon Yamada .... musician: violin
 
Transportation Department
Jim Buckman .... driver (as James Buckman)
William Michael Buckman .... driver (as William Buckman)
David Conelli .... driver (as David Conell)
John Lynch Jr. .... driver (as John Lynch)
Thomas McGoldrick .... driver
 
Other crew
Michael Almereyda .... pixillography (as M. Almereyda)
Alex Batcha .... office production assistant
Brian Bell .... assistant to producers
Brian Bell .... production coordinator
Yael Bitton .... script supervisor
Rebecca Bregman .... assistant to director
Paul Brennan .... legal services
Rick Bruck .... process trailer
Robert Buckman .... teamster captain
Jose M. Cabrera .... additional set production assistant (as Jose Cabrera)
Stephen Carr .... assistant location manager
Jesse Champ .... set production assistant (as Jesse S. Champ III)
Matthew Chilsen .... location manager (as Matt Chilsen)
Paula Chudd .... set production assistant
Jean Cohen .... second utility: city and sky shots
Sam Connelly .... assistant: Mr. Hawke
Brent Cox .... legal services
Maureen Duffy .... completion guarantor
Stephen M. Evans III .... production assistant
Arlen Fast .... bassoon
Carrie Fix .... production coordinator
Matt Godspeed .... additional set production assistant
Rachel Golden .... office production assistant
Rachel Gordon .... additional office production assistant
Thomas Hanna .... location manager
Ethan Hawke .... pixillography (as E. Hawke)
Scott Hull .... fencing coach
Steve Hutensky .... legal services
Christian Jimenez .... office intern
Beverly Joel .... title designer
Jon M. Johnson .... parking coordinator (as Jon Johnson)
Elliot Jokebon .... additional office production assistant
Louis Katz .... production physician
Hiromi Kawnishi .... unit publicist
Matthew Killip .... office intern
Darlene Liebman .... production coordinator
Zach Luna .... office intern
Tim Mai .... office intern
Richard Mancuso .... production accountant
Erik Marcisak .... additional set production assistant
Lynn Marcus .... legal services
Peter Ment .... set production assistant
Jonah Moran .... additional office production assistant
Richard Moran .... additional set production assistant
Jeremy Olsher .... set production assistant
B.J. Owens .... key production assistant
J.T. Petty .... additional set production assistant
Raymond Pistol .... stock footage
Paul Polow .... set production assistant
Christopher Rogers .... set production assistant
Reid Rosefelt .... unit publicist
Josh Rubin .... additional key set production assistant
Tania Sacchetta .... additional talent coordinator
Suzy Salamy .... craft service
Paula Schmit .... completion guarantor
Nicole Serratore .... assistant to executive producer
Jennifer Small .... assistant production coordinator
Craig Striano .... set production assistant
Shana Swanson .... stock footage researcher
Henry-George Thomas .... parking coordinator
Attika Torrence .... set production assistant
Anjel Van Slyke .... assistant production office coordinator
Frank Wang .... additional set production assistant
Benjamin Whitehouse .... payroll services
Jeff Winner .... talent coordinator
 
Thanks
Noah Baumbach .... special thanks
Jamie Bishop .... special thanks
Jeanne Freeman Bishop .... special thanks
Linda A. Borgeson .... thanks (as Linda Borgeson)
Giulana Bruno .... thanks
Lori Cheatle .... thanks
Elizabeth Clark .... thanks
Jennifer Connelly .... thanks
Peter Deming .... thanks
Anne Dixon .... special thanks
Jeffrey Dubard .... thanks
Adam Duritz .... special thanks
David Edelstein .... special thanks
Larry Fessenden .... special thanks
Steven Flynn .... special thanks
Stuart Ford .... thanks
Karen Friedman .... special thanks
Nanine Funicello .... thanks
Isabel Gillies .... special thanks
Bill Goelis .... special thanks
Ann Goulder .... special thanks
Jennifer Goulder .... special thanks
Susie Goulder .... special thanks (as Suzanne Goulder)
Paul Graham .... thanks
Marcy Granata .... thanks
Henry Griffin .... special thanks
Larry Gross .... special thanks
Melissa Grudman .... thanks
David Guc .... thanks
Ultan Guilfoyle .... thanks
John Hadity .... thanks
Thich Nhat Hahn .... special thanks
Jared Harris .... special thanks
Clark Henderson .... thanks
Alexis Hilton .... thanks
Harper Hug .... special thanks
Kevin Hyman .... thanks
Yun-Fem Ji .... special thanks
Heather Johnson .... thanks
Kent Jones .... special thanks
Spencer Kayden .... special thanks
Billy Kerry .... special thanks
Anna-Alveg Kismaric .... special thanks
Sam Kismaric .... special thanks
Eartha Kitt .... special thanks
Matt Landon .... thanks
Jack Lechner .... special thanks
Kristin Linklater .... special thanks
Richard Linklater .... special thanks
Davien Littlefield .... special thanks
Byron Lourd .... thanks
Martha Luttrell .... special thanks
David Macy .... special thanks
Ron Magliozzi .... special thanks
Ivan Martin .... special thanks
Ralph McKay .... special thanks
Bill Morrison .... special thanks
Todd Noonan .... special thanks
Toshiaki Ozawa .... special thanks
Austin Pendleton .... special thanks
Josh Pollack .... thanks
Michele Proyect .... thanks
Anna Roman .... special thanks
Reid Rosefelt .... special thanks
Alex Ross .... special thanks
Clar Ryu .... thanks
Christine Sciulli .... special thanks
Pat Scott .... thanks: NYC Mayor's Office of Film, Theater & Broadcasting (as Patricia Reed-Scott)
Weiman Seid .... thanks
Peter Sellars .... special thanks
David Seltzer .... thanks
Nicole Serratore .... thanks
Lois Smith .... special thanks
Michael Stock .... special thanks
Amy Taubin .... special thanks
Uma Thurman .... special thanks
Heidi Topper .... thanks
Jessica Tuchinsky .... special thanks
John Udell .... thanks
Bill Viola .... special thanks
Tara Walls .... thanks
Keri Weisblum .... thanks
Matthew L. Weiss .... special thanks
Alyssa Wortzman .... thanks
Jeffrey Wright .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence
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112 min
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Trivia:
The only lines in the movie which are not from the original play are messages played by machines, or when the GraveDigger is singing a song ("All Along the Watchtower").See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In the scene when Polonius gives parting advice to Laertes, the reflection of the microphone boom can be seen in the chromium décor of the room.See more »
Quotes:
Ghost:I am thy father's spirit.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Hamlet (2007/II)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 1: First MovementSee more »

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35 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
The Film's the Thing, 3 July 2000
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

Is this Hamlet? Depends on who you ask I suppose.

There are some who would require the plot and drama: a son whose inheritance is interrupted, so who may be imagining the murder of his father; a vapid, doting, hedonistic mother; a loyal, by the book counselor, his earnest son and brilliant daughter, she smitten by the prince. A scheming king -- wheels turn and everyone dies.

Some would consider the language the essential element. This is the poet's most convoluted, and heavily annotated metaphoric fabric. Shakespeare is most often celebrated for his layering and interelating of mental images, and certainly this work is his most globally elaborate (sorry).

But just as the language rides on the drama, the ideas of the play ride on the metaphors. These ideas are life-altering in their starkness: Reality, thought, creation, intent, the cause and validity of unnatural action, relationships among cocreated internal worlds. Much of this is developed in frightening and challenging terms. To my tastes, the ideas are what is important. Too many Hamlets (notably Olivier's)faithfully include the first two and never touch the third. I'd buy a complete abandonment of the first, but cannot see how one could get to the third without most of the second.

Now. This film. They have preserved the plot well enough for a film, I suppose. And they have kept the language, about one third of it anyway.

The bad:

Bill Murray is lost in Polonius, utterly lost. The production quality is poor -- that fits the film school motif (see below), but there is no excuse for the many boom mikes sticking down. They repurposed so much to fit the new setting, so why stick with swords at the end?

The biggest complaint is that they missed all the ideas, the big ones. The central example is at the end of the first act, where Hamlet says: `there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.' Hamlet, and Horatio are students of Wittenburg philosophy, which audiences would have understood as that of the magi Giordano Bruno, martyred by the Pope. (His book is the one Hamlet quotes when asked `what is the matter?,' and Bruno is also quoted in the northnorthwest and hawk from a handsaw lines.) The play has much to do with understanding Bruno's questions of thought and action. When Hamlet differentiates himself from Horatio, the play really starts. In this film, though, the `your' becomes `our.' Why?

The Good:

This Ophelia is wonderful. I don't know her other work yet, but it includes two other Shakespeare adaptations. She certainly was helped by the woman director, who amplifies the female roles in emotion if not screentime. She even transforms Marcello into a Marcella, Horatio's girlfriend. Rather nice. Also well done is the staging of the Rosenkrantz and Guilderstern dialog.

The central device of the film is rather clever, if not original. The play is deeply self-referential. All the rich text about introspection is what is usually cut in the name of modern impatience, and that is the case here. Also gone here is the sharply self-referential scenes of Hamlet lecturing the players. What we have in its place is self-reference about film, and filming. Hamlet and Horatio, indeed R&G and Marcella are all film students. He thinks in film (actually video), and all his ruminations are cast in visual terms, often in the context of video, even a Blockbuster store. The final chorus is in video, and much of the action is seen through surveillance cameras. The play-within-the-play is a homemade video, with clear film-school effects.

This is not as clever as it could have been in the hands of a master. (Or when the goals are exceedingly simple as in `American Beauty.') But it is an honest attempt to cast the reflexive depth of the play in cinematic terms.

Sam Shepard is the best King Hamlet's ghost I have ever seen. He is a solid blessing.

This is a respectable effort, and deserves to be viewed if not celebrated.

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