When the king of Denmark dies suddenly, his son, crown prince Hamlet, returns home to find that his uncle Claudius has usurped the throne and married Hamlet's recently widowed mother. Then, one night, Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost who commands him to avenge his murder at the hands of Claudius.
Winner of Special Prize 1964 Venice Film Festival
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Considered by John Gielgud and Kenneth Branagh to be the definitive screen adaptation of the play according to a New York Times profile of lead actor Smoktunovsky. See more
During the first round of fencing between Hamlet and Laertes, there is a brief shot in which they are suddenly missing their vests. This occurs two minutes before the shot where they both remove their vests, in preparation for the second round. See more