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Hamlet at Elsinore (1964)

Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.

Director:

Philip Saville

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Christopher Plummer ... Hamlet
Robert Shaw ... Claudius, King of Denmark
Alec Clunes Alec Clunes ... Polonius
Michael Caine ... Horatio
June Tobin June Tobin ... Gertrude, Queen of Denmark
Jo Maxwell Muller Jo Maxwell Muller ... Ophelia
Dyson Lovell Dyson Lovell ... Laertes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Berkoff ... Lucianus
Joby Blanshard ... Captain
David Calderisi ... Rosencrantz
Charles Carson ... Priest
Michael Goldie Michael Goldie ... Bernardo
William Hobbs ... Prologue
Lindsay Kemp ... Player Queen
Roy Kinnear ... Gravedigger
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Storyline

Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.

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Drama

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Country:

UK | Denmark

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hamlet See more »

Filming Locations:

Elsinore, Denmark See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Other than a 1910 silent version, this is the only production of "Hamlet" (so far) to actually be filmed in Elsinore, Denmark, where most of the play takes place. See more »

Goofs

Alec Clunes as the dead Polonius in the Queen's bedchamber blinks his eyes two separate times when Christopher Plummer as Hamlet gets ready to drag his body away. See more »

Connections

Version of Hamlet (1921) See more »

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The BBC has announced a DVD issue in 2011
11 January 2011 | by tonstant viewerSee all my reviews

It's funny that so many people remember this telecast from almost 50 years ago. And with such uniformly positive feelings.

I remember the pounding waves and the Long Hall. I remember Robert Shaw as the first Claudius I ever saw who was not only sonorous and regal, but violent, and sexy enough to seduce the Queen and make her agree to kill her husband. I remember Donald Sutherland coming in at the end as Fortinbras, and for once saving the character from being a wimpy, pompous letdown.

Until recently, the film could only be seen in America at the Paley Media Centers in New York and Los Angeles.

However Sir Michael Caine was recently reminded of his participation in this long-forgotten film, and he asked the BBC to resurrect it.

We'll all have a chance to check our memories soon.


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