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.
10 November 1980 (USA)
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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?
Sir Derek Jacobi
played, again with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac
(1985), as translated by Anthony Burgess
. In that translation, Cyrano's list of insults to his nose ends with "And finally, with tragic sighs and cries, the language finely wrought and deeply felt, 'Oh, that this too, too solid nose would melt,'" a parody of Hamlet's first speech, which begins with "Oh, that this too, too solid flesh would melt." See more
When the grave diggers have dug the grave, they lay planks upon the hole and upon those planks spread straps. Upon these planks and straps Ophelia's body is laid. However, when the burial proceeds and her body is put into the grave, the planks have strangely disappeared and Ophelia's dead body is lowered into the earth. See more
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
Version of Hamlet Part 2