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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)
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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
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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

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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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 »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lalla Ward was teased by co-star Patrick Stewart because at the time she made this film, she was also co-starring in Doctor Who (1963). Stewart told her he wouldn't be caught dead doing science fiction. Within a few years, however, he would appear in David Lynch's Dune (1984), in Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce (1985), and later as Capt. Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), among others. See more »

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26 July 2003 | by oldgirlSee all my reviews

Absolutely the most thoughtful, spiritually deep, intense Hamlet ever done -- no other version comes close. Jacobi has the best understanding of the role of all the actors that have played it. Patrick Stewart's Claudius is ferocious and still sympathetic -- I particularly like the two doofuses playing Rosencranz and Guildenstern. Very feckless and yet sinister. Some might gripe about the need for a strong Ophelia -- she's not a strong person, that's the point, and Lalla Ward hits the proper nuances. Amazing. Simply Amazing -- every one of the more than two dozen times I've watched it.


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