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This vibrant and colourful new cinema version of William Shakespeare's most popular tragedy features a powerful performance in the lead role by rising star William Houston. With superb supporting performances by the cream of British acting talent including Christopher Timothy, Iain Cuthbertson and Gareth Thomas, the plot unfolds in an atmospheric setting against a stunning visual backdrop. Written by Anonymous

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This was the first American production of a Shakespeare play ever presented on network television which was more than an hour in length. There had been other Shakespeare productions on American TV (such as Walter Hampden's "Macbeth") before this "Hamlet", but they had reduced the plays being shown to only an hour. Maurice Evans had already starred in several Broadway productions of "Hamlet". This production also marked Evans' debut on network TV. See more »

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21 January 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This historically important pioneer effort turns out to be a misguided, ugly production with ranting players. The whole thing is done in a kind of 30s indoors operetta setting Evans fails to substantiate the reputation of his stage Hamlet. He appears to be doubled by a fencer in a dueling mask for the sword fight. Addy and Barry Jones deliver their lines with some plausibility and Sarah Churchill might get by with a more likely Hamlet and better wardrobe.

Don't look for Yorrick and Fortinbras but they give us buckets of Rosencranz & Gilderstern.

There are a few of the live TV goofs everyone scans these for.

The voice over intoning "Shakespeare belongs to the ages" to introduce The Hallmark Hall of Fame is there to impress us with the worth of bringing classics into our lounge rooms - with commercials.


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