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Hamlet (1960)

Hamlet, Prinz von Dänemark (original title)
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle.

Director:

Franz Peter Wirth

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Franz Peter Wirth (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maximilian Schell ... Hamlet
Hans Caninenberg ... Claudius
Wanda Rotha ... Gertrude
Dunja Movar Dunja Movar ... Ophelia
Franz Schafheitlin Franz Schafheitlin ... Polonius
Dieter Kirchlechner ... Laertes
Karl Michael Vogler ... Horatio
Eckart Dux ... Rosencrantz (as Eckard Dux)
Herbert Bötticher Herbert Bötticher ... Guildenstern
Karl Lieffen Karl Lieffen ... Osric
Rolf Boysen Rolf Boysen ... Bernardo
Michael Paryla Michael Paryla ... Francisco
Alexander Engel Alexander Engel ... Geist
Adolf Gerstung Adolf Gerstung ... Schauspieler
Paul Verhoeven ... Erster Totengräber
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Storyline

Hamlet returns to his remarkably minimalistic palace in Denmark and finds out his father is dead and his uncle Claudius has married his mother Gertrude. His father's ghost appears, and tells Hamlet to avenge him forthwith. Hamlet stages a play to confirm Claudius' guilt and his mother's compliance, but then inadvertently kills his girlfriend Ophelia's father, Polonius. This drives her insane, while her brother Laertes sets out to avenge his father's death. In a climactic swordfight, Claudius tries to poison Hamlet with Laertes' sword and a poisoned cup. Gertrude takes the poison cup out of guilt, while Hamlet realizes Laertes' sword is poisoned... Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hamlet See more »

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Production Co:

Bavaria Atelier See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In the English version the voice of Claudius is dubbed by Ricardo Montalban See more »

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When Hamlet is at Ophelia's grave and shouts "I loved Ophelia", the person holding him down has a modern plaster (band-aid) on his finger. It is only briefly visible as the person hides this finger for the rest of the scene. In the same scene it can be seen that Hamlet has metal grommets on the cuffs of his jacket. See more »

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C'mon, everyone - what's wrong with this one?
31 October 1999 | by Mike Sh.See all my reviews

"Hamlet" by William ("We all make his praise") Shakspeare is arguably the greatest play ever written - in fact, it's possibly the greatest work of literature ever written in the English language. Given these facts, imagine my surprise when Mystery Science Theater 3000 (the recently defunct TV show in which bad movies are goofed on by a janitor and his two robots) decided to give this their special treatment.

Specifically, they did this 1960 production for German Television, featuring the highly respected Maximilian Schell in the title role. Now laugh I as I did along with the jokes made at the movie's expense, I really can't see too much wrong with the movie. Herr Schell is more than credible as the Melancholy Dane, and the dark dreary scenery only serve to underscore the mood of the play and its characters. As for dialogue, well how could you possibly go wrong?

As for complaints that much of the play was missing, it must be remembered that our friends at Best Brains had to edit the movie (which as I understand, ran for about 3 hours) to fit their little TV show, which ran for 2 hours, including commercials.

I, for one, am inclined to cut this movie a good bit of slack.


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