8.0/10
484
23 user 1 critic

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980)

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:

Rodney Bennett

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

A Performance of Macbeth (TV Movie 1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Macbeth is a daring member of the Scottish military who receives a revelation from three menacing sorceresses that he will someday become the King of Scotland. This information gives him a ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Casson
Stars: Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, John Bown
Julius Caesar (TV Movie 1979)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for Brutus and the republic.

Director: Herbert Wise
Stars: Richard Pasco, Charles Gray, Keith Michell
Macbeth I (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Macbeth and his wife murder Duncan in order to gain his crown, but the bloodbath doesn't stop there, and things supernatural combine to bring the Macbeths down.

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: Brenda Bruce, Eileen Way, Anne Dyson
Richard II (TV Movie 1978)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The incompetent King Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer King.

Director: David Giles
Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Gielgud, Jon Finch
Hamlet (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates
Richard III (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Richard of Gloucester uses murder and manipulation to claim England's throne.

Director: Jane Howell
Stars: Peter Benson, Antony Brown, David Burke
King Lear (TV Movie 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Miller
Stars: John Shrapnel, Norman Rodway, Michael Kitchen
Othello (TV Movie 1981)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A general becomes convinced that his wife is having an affair, even though there is no evidence.

Director: Jonathan Miller
Stars: Anthony Pedley, Bob Hoskins, Geoffrey Chater
Romeo & Juliet (TV Movie 1978)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two teenagers fall in love, but their feuding families and fate itself cause the relationship to end in tragedy.

Director: Alvin Rakoff
Stars: Patrick Ryecart, Rebecca Saire, Celia Johnson
Memphis Belle (1990)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1943, the crew of a B-17 based in UK prepares for its 25th and last bombing mission over Germany before returning home to the USA.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Stars: Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Tate Donovan
The Winter's Tale (TV Movie 1981)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

King Leontes of Bohemia suspects his wife, Hermione, and his friend, Polixenes, of betraying him. When he forces Polixenes to flee for his life, Leontes sets in motion a chain of events ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Howell
Stars: John Welsh, David Burke, Robert Stephens
Measure for Measure (TV Movie 1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When the Duke of Vienna takes a mysterious leave of absence and leaves the strict Angelo in charge, things couldn't be worse for Claudio, who is sentenced to death for premarital sex. His ... See full summary »

Director: Desmond Davis
Stars: Kenneth Colley, Kate Nelligan, Tim Pigott-Smith
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Jacobi ... Hamlet
Claire Bloom ... Gertrude
Patrick Stewart ... Claudius
Eric Porter ... Polonius
Lalla Ward ... Ophelia
David Robb ... Laertes
Patrick Allen ... Ghost of Hamlet's Father
Robert Swann Robert Swann ... Horatio
Jonathan Hyde ... Rosencrantz
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Guildenstern
Emrys James Emrys James ... First Player (King)
Jason Kemp Jason Kemp ... Second Player (Queen)
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Third Player (Lucianus)
Bill Homewood ... Player in the mime, King
Peter Richard Peter Richard ... Player in the mime, Queen
Edit

Storyline

Hamlet comes home from university to find his uncle married to his mother, and his father's ghost haunting the battlements and scaring the watch. Then his father's ghost directs him to seek revenge. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Lalla Ward was teased by Sir Patrick Stewart because, at the time she made this movie, she was appearing in Doctor Who (1963). Stewart told her he wouldn't be caught dead doing science fiction. Within a few years, however, he appeared in David Lynch's Dune (1984), in Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce (1985), as Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), and as Professor X in the X-Men film franchise. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version shown on PBS omitted the scene in which Hamlet "baits" Polonius ("Do you know me, my lord?" "Excellent well. You are a fishmonger", etc.). It cut straight from Polonius and Claudius considering how to prove that Hamlet is mad to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's greeting Hamlet at the castle. See more »

Connections

Version of Hamlet (1987) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

In Many Ways the Best
1 March 2005 | by PseudoFritzSee all my reviews

No one production of "Hamlet" can completely satisfy except for the one that plays in your head as you read the play, but this is the extant version that comes closest for me (with one glaring exception).

Derek Jacobi is probably the best actor that I've seen play the role, although he's brittle and snappish in places (his first exchanges with Claudius and Gertrude, his comments to Polonius during the 'Rugged Pyrrhus' speech) where I think a mellower touch is called for. But on the whole it's a wonderful performance, and since Hamlet has almost half the lines in the whole play Jacobi himself is enough to strongly recommend the whole.

This Polonius is better than most, although not as funny as Hume Cronyn was. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are well played, straddling the difficult line between being friends to Hamlet and scoring points with the King. A fine, fiery Laertes, and an Ophelia that's no worse than any others (I've yet to see Ophelia played the way I feel she ought to be). Gertrude was adequate (I've also yet to see a compelling Gertrude, but I don't particularly know what I would suggest). It's also too bad that nobody seems to put any sense of spectacle into the Ghost's appearance any more; the Olivier film and the Burton stage production both give it an unworldliness that the Jacobi, Kline, Gibson and Hawk versions lack (although if I remember correctly Brian Blessed was well-used in the Brannagh film)...

The big drawback to this version is in the casting of Patrick Stewart as Claudius. The fault is not in his performance, which is worthy, but in the man himself. Granted, Claudius may not be as much of a toad as Hamlet thinks him to be, but his "natural gifts" should be poor compared to his murdered brother's. Stewart in fact HAS "the front of Jove himself; An eye like Mars, to threaten and command," which Claudius pointedly lacks. In short, Stewart is just too REGAL to play Claudius, the "king of shreds and patches". (And it's not just the father-and-son Hamlets that consider Claudius visibly inferior; Gertrude herself, when Hamlet makes her confront the two pictures, sees black and grained spots on her soul at the comparison.)

All in all, though, it's an excellent production.


25 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed