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Hamlet (1969)

G | | Drama | 9 April 1970 (UK)
Nicol Williamson takes the lead role in this star-studded 1969 version of William Shakespeare's tragedy. Prince Hamlet (Williamson) mourns his father's death and his mother's (Judy ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicol Williamson ... Hamlet
Judy Parfitt ... Gertrude
Anthony Hopkins ... Claudius
Marianne Faithfull ... Ophelia
Mark Dignam ... Polonius
Michael Pennington ... Laertes
Gordon Jackson ... Horatio
Ben Aris Ben Aris ... Rosencrantz
Clive Graham Clive Graham ... Guildenstern
Peter Gale Peter Gale ... Osric
Roger Livesey ... First Player / Gravedigger
John J. Carney ... Player King (as John Carney)
Richard Everett Richard Everett ... Player Queen
Robin Chadwick Robin Chadwick ... Francisco
Ian Collier Ian Collier ... Priest
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Storyline

Nicol Williamson takes the lead role in this star-studded 1969 version of William Shakespeare's tragedy. Prince Hamlet (Williamson) mourns his father's death and his mother's (Judy Parfitt's) marriage to Claudius (Sir Anthony Hopkins). When the ghost of Hamlet's father appears to him and tells him that Claudius has poisoned him, Hamlet swears revenge.

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The Hamlet of our time, for our time. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Shakespeare's Hamlet See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Extra lines, made to sound like Elizabethan English, were added to this version because the order of two crucial scenes was reversed, and this could not have been done with the play as written. Writer and Director Tony Richardson placets Hamlet's taunting of Polonius after the "get thee to a nunnery" scene with Ophelia, rather than several scenes before. See more »

Goofs

At c. 147 minutes Gertrude's fillings, obviously the result of C20th dentistry, can be seen clearly. See more »

Crazy Credits

The names of the film's cast and the names of the characters they play are recited by an offscreen voice rather than shown on the screen, in the manner of 'Francois Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451". See more »

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Version of Hamlet (2011) See more »

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A HAMLET of the 60s, for the 60s
10 January 2005 | by c532cSee all my reviews

Released shortly after Zefferelli's ROMEO AND JULIET, this was advertised as "The Love Story of Hamlet and Ophelia." Well, HAMLET is about a lot of things, but it ain't about the love between Hamlet and Ophelia. More apt is the other tag line: A HAMLET of our time, for our time," because this HAMLET is very much rooted in the late 1960s counter-culture. The actors seem just about to make love in every scene, except for Williamson, who plays Hamlet like a pedantic grad student -- his first speech to Gertrude sounds like he's grading a freshman essay.

Despite this, and despite the fact that Williamson, though about the same age as Parfitt (Gertrude) and Hopkins (Claudius) looks older, there are some worthwhile readings here and there, a couple of good ideas, and I have never seen Rosecrantz and Guildenstern shown more obtrusively -- like obnoxious frat brothers at a wedding. For HAMLET completest, this is worth seeking out.


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