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.
The Hamlet of our time, for our time.
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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
At c. 147 minutes Gertrude's fillings, obviously the result of C20th dentistry, can be seen clearly. See more
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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