Shakespeare in the Original Klingon

by dan_dassow | created - 16 Sep 2018 | updated - 17 Sep 2018 | Public

Klingon Chancellor Gorkon states, "You've not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon," in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). Which of these Klingon language Shakespearean films would you most like to see?

After voting, please discuss here.

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tlhIngan SeQpIr

Sep tlhIngan Qang ghorqon, neHqu' legh "SeQpIr chu' qaStaHvIS tlhIngan Hol, " qaStaHvIS Hov leng loS: mISbe'chugh. nIb law' tlhIngan Hol mIllogh qonwI' qoSta' SeQpIr 'oH lulegh 'ach ghaytan SoH?

qaSpu'DI' DawIvpu', nuqneH ja'chuq naDev.

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1. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)

Approved | 133 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the ... See full summary »

Directors: William Dieterle, Max Reinhardt | Stars: James Cagney, Dick Powell, Ian Hunter, Verree Teasdale

Votes: 2,973

a poH tuj bI'reS ram naj botlh (a hot time to the middle of the night, beginning with the dream of)

2. Romeo and Juliet (1968)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Romance

When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery, Milo O'Shea

Votes: 28,046 | Gross: $38.90M

pong latlh pong (the name other name)

3. Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996)

PG | 134 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Shakespeare's comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves.

Director: Trevor Nunn | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, Imogen Stubbs, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 5,418 | Gross: $0.55M

ram cha'maH (night twelve)

4. Hamlet (1948)

Not Rated | 154 min | Drama

Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former King.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, John Laurie, Esmond Knight

Votes: 14,311

vay' non tobbej (am something rotten)

5. King Lear (1987)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

Everything returns to normal after Chernobyl. That is, everything but art. Most of the great works are lost, and it is up to people like William Shakespear Junior the Fifth to restore the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Woody Allen, Freddy Buache, Leos Carax, Julie Delpy

Votes: 1,146

ta' lear (the King lear)

6. Shakespeare's Globe: The Comedy of Errors (2015)

140 min | Comedy

Basing his plot on a farce by Plautus, Shakespeare caps the mayhem of his Roman original to build up a hectic tale of violent cross-purposes, furious slapstick and social nightmare.

Director: Blanche McIntyre | Stars: Simon Harrison, Matthew Needham, Brodie Ross, Jamie Wilkes

Votes: 16

Haghbe' chu' Qagh ("I want to make a mistake.)

7. The Merchant of Venice (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

Antonio's friend Bassanio is in love and needs money to go courting. Using Antonio as his collateral, he borrows money from Shylock. But when the debt comes due, Shylock demands repayment ... See full summary »

Director: John Sichel | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Jeremy Brett, Michael Jayston

Votes: 211

veng Suy (the city of the Merchant)

8. As You Like It (1936)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

A Duke usurps his brother's land and power, banishing him and his entourage into the forest of Arden. The banished Duke's daughter, Rosalind, remains with her cousin Celia. She has fallen ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Czinner | Stars: Elisabeth Bergner, Laurence Olivier, Sophie Stewart, Henry Ainley

Votes: 632

qeSmeylIj rur 'oH (It is your advertisement)

9. The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio (Richard Burton) tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina (Dame Elizabeth Taylor).

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack, Michael Hordern

Votes: 6,912 | Gross: $8.00M

chargh be' qej (not when Victor)

10. Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves, Kate Beckinsale

Votes: 43,255 | Gross: $22.55M

vIHtaHbogh pagh ado mamej (of the ado or do we leave)

11. The Tempest (1960 TV Movie)

76 min | Drama

Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, who lives in exile on a remote island as a sorcerer, uses his powers to shipwreck his usurper brother on the island.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Maurice Evans, Richard Burton, Roddy McDowall, Tom Poston

Votes: 111

HuStaHbogh (The eaves)

12. Richard III (1955)

Not Rated | 161 min | Biography, Drama, History

Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed King and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke, Nicholas Hannen, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 3,850

qabDaq Qun'a' wo' Sargh (the Kingdom of God in the face Horse)

13. Macbeth (1948)

Passed | 92 min | Drama, History, War

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanette Nolan, Dan O'Herlihy, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 5,924

'Igh chu' (Jinxed.)

14. Othello (1965)

Unrated | 165 min | Drama

General Othello's marriage is destroyed when vengeful Ensign Iago convinces him that his new wife has been unfaithful.

Director: Stuart Burge | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Frank Finlay, Robert Lang, Anthony Nicholls

Votes: 1,278

SuD mInDu' veqlargh (Green is a witch in the eyes)

15. Julius Caesar (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar, but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Louis Calhern, Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud

Votes: 9,712

not mum Sub 'ach wa'logh Hegh (I will never taste Solid one to death)

16. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 137 min | Comedy

In 16th century Italy, two inseparable friends suddenly become rivals for the love of a noblewoman.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Frank Barrie, Tessa Peake-Jones, Hetta Charnley, Tyler Butterworth

Votes: 96

cha' qaH tlhIngan (two Klingons, Sir)

17. Winter's Tale (2014)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

31 Metascore

A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her.

Director: Akiva Goldsman | Stars: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly

Votes: 50,186 | Gross: $0.02M

Hoch rar maH (We connect all the)

18. The Merry Wives of Windsor (1982 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 170 min | Comedy, Romance

When Sir John Falstaff decides that he wants to have a little fun he writes two letters to a pair of Window wives: Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When they put their heads together and ... See full summary »

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Alan Bennett, Richard O'Callaghan, Tenniel Evans, Bryan Marshall

Votes: 121

Quch be'nal tlhIngan (The Klingon wife happy)

19. Measure for Measure (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama

When the Duke of Vienna takes a mysterious leave of absence and leaves the strict Angelo in charge, things couldn't be worse for Claudio, who is sentenced to death for premarital sex. His ... See full summary »

Director: Desmond Davis | Stars: Kenneth Colley, Kate Nelligan, Tim Pigott-Smith, Christopher Strauli

Votes: 177

'aD 'aD (measure measure)

20. Antony and Cleopatra (1972)

Not Rated | 160 min | Drama, History

After the murder of her lover Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor: Octavius.

Director: Charlton Heston | Stars: Charlton Heston, Hildegard Neil, Eric Porter, John Castle

Votes: 715

antony cleopatra 'ej (antony and cleopatra)

21. Love's Labour's Lost (2000)

PG | 93 min | Romance, Comedy, Musical

35 Metascore

An update of the classic Shakespeare story, director Sir Kenneth Branagh shot this movie like a classic 1930s musical. This movie tells the story of four best friends who swear off love.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Alessandro Nivola, Alicia Silverstone, Natascha McElhone, Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 4,232 | Gross: $0.28M

muSHa'ghach 'e' chIl (I love lose)

22. Henry IV (1984)

PG-13 | 85 min | Drama

The story begins at a medieval dressing party. A man, dressed as the King Enrico IV, falls from his horse and hits his head. This causes him serious lesions and gets insane, believing he is... See full summary »

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Leopoldo Trieste, Paolo Bonacelli

Votes: 250

ta' henry loS (There are four henry King)

23. Henry V (1989)

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Biography, Drama

83 Metascore

In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England (Sir Kenneth Branagh) embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Simon Shepherd, James Larkin

Votes: 27,096 | Gross: $10.16M

ta' henry vagh (the King henry five)

24. Coriolanus (2011)

R | 123 min | Drama, Thriller, War

79 Metascore

A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

Director: Ralph Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Lubna Azabal

Votes: 30,095 | Gross: $0.76M

jISuv pagh SoH (or would You)

25. Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1984 TV Movie)

177 min | Drama

When Pericles discovers the dread answer to Antioch's riddle, he flees for his life straight into famine, shipwreck, love, fatherhood, and another shipwreck; he loses his wife and daughter,... See full summary »

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Edward Petherbridge, John Woodvine, Edita Brychta, Mike Gwilym

Votes: 84

Soj, Duj Qaw', bang je vav Hutlh (Food and Destroy the ship, and the father of love, Without)

26. All's Well That Ends Well (1981 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 141 min | Comedy, Romance

Helena loves Bertram but he's of noble birth, while she's just a doctor's daughter. But Bertram is at the court of the King of France, who is ill, and Helena has a remedy that might cure ... See full summary »

Director: Elijah Moshinsky | Stars: Celia Johnson, Ian Charleson, Michael Hordern, Angela Down

Votes: 112

Hoch vaj qabna'Daj toH (His true face and all, why)

27. Titus Andronicus (1985 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 168 min | Drama, Horror

Roman warrior Titus Andronicus finds himself trapped in a nightmarish cycle of vengeance, misery, and bloodshed.

Director: Jane Howell | Stars: Paul Davies Prowles, Edward Hardwicke, Walter Brown, Brian Protheroe

Votes: 133

bortaS, 'oy', 'Iw 'ej jatlhqa' SuvwI' (revenge, pain, blood, and a warrior spirit said.)

28. Richard II (1978 TV Movie)

158 min | Biography, Drama, History

The incompetent King Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer King.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Gielgud, Jon Finch, Wendy Hiller

Votes: 252

jIHvaD HoH poH DaH (Now time to Kill for me)

29. Cymbeline (2014)

R | 98 min | Drama

54 Metascore

A gritty story of a take-no-prisoners war between dirty cops and an outlaw biker gang. A drug kingpin is driven to desperate measures.

Director: Michael Almereyda | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo

Votes: 3,475

tlhuQ vI'Iprup Qom puS DapIHchugh (tail more than ready, if I'll expect Us Hazardous)

30. Timon of Athens (1981 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

Timon loves to give parties and objects to friends, but when he cannot pay his creditors, his "friends" refuse to help him, and he becomes a misanthropic hermit.

Director: Jonathan Miller | Stars: John Fortune, John Bird, Tony Jay, David Kinsey

Votes: 93

ghom Ha'DIbaH moj Sey'e' (the meat is scheduled to become Excited)

31. King John (2015)

Not Rated | 152 min | Drama

A filmed version of the Shakespeare play as put on by the Stratford Festival. The much unloved 12th century King John fought battles on several fronts including with his own barons.

Director: Barry Avrich | Stars: Tom McCamus, Patricia Collins, Andrew Lawrie, Jennifer Mogbock

Votes: 18

ta' john (john King)

32. The Hollow Crown (2012– )
Episode: Henry VI Part 1 (2016)

112 min | Drama, History

Following his father's early death and the loss of possessions in France young Henry VI comes to the throne, under the protection of the duke of Gloucester. He is unaware that there are ... See full summary »

Director: Dominic Cooke | Stars: Tom Beard, Max Bennett, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Byam Shaw

Votes: 424

ta' henry jav (henry King six)

33. Troilus & Cressida (1981 TV Movie)

190 min | Drama

During the Trojan War, a Trojan warrior is distraught when his lover takes up with a Greek.

Director: Jonathan Miller | Stars: Charles Gray, Anton Lesser, Tony Steedman, Suzanne Burden

Votes: 107

Qu'mey ghajbogh SuvwI' be'nal jagh (He has a wife, and a warrior, and I'll do the enemy)

34. Henry VIII (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 166 min | History

Henry VIII is a proud and wilful monarch who defies Rome's ban on divorce to marry his mistress Anne Boleyn. Cardinal Wolsey, the Powerful Lord Chancellor of England, attempts to bend Rome ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Billington | Stars: John Stride, Julian Glover, Ronald Pickup, Barbara Kellerman

Votes: 96

ta' henry chorgh (the King henry eight)

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