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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bavaria Atelier See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Riffed in Mystery Science Theater 3000, season 10, episode 9. See more »

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Laertes has a zipper down the back of his costume. See more »

Connections

Version of Hamlet: An Introduction (1970) See more »

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User Reviews

Zounds! Ne'er before hath the bard been so butcherd!
14 April 2002 | by icehole4See all my reviews

Forsooth, mine friends, I ward thee greatly away from this film. One of the reasons why the play works is that there's an underlying sense of hope in it, and that's exactly what Franz Peter Wirth takes away from this production. He takes away everything that would endear you to Hamlet and those around him. Ophelia (Dunja Movar) was definitely chosen for her buxom blonde looks and not her acting ability. Shakespeare probably turned over in his grave when this first aired.

There are thousands of productions of Hamlet. This one ranks at the bottom. View this only as a last resort.


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