Hamlet returns to Denmark when his father, the King, dies. His mother Gertrude has already married Hamlet's uncle Claudius, the new King. They urge Hamlet to marry his beloved Ophelia. But soon the ghost of Hamlet's father appears and tells Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius and Gertrude. Hamlet must choose between passive acquiescence and the need for a vengeance which might lead to tragedy.
The extraordinary adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tale of vengeance and tragedy.
Did You Know?
In this film version, Hamlet's (Mel Gibson's) "To be or not to be" speech comes after his meeting with Ophelia (Helena Bonham Carter) (the "get thee to a nunnery" speech). Shakespeare has the monologue directly before their meeting. See more
Polonius gets stabbed through the stomach/chest area, but when he is lying on the floor, he is bleeding from the back of the head and the wound where he is stabbed is non-existent. See more
Hamlet! Think of us as of a father. For let the world take note: you are the most immediate to our throne. And with no less nobility of love than that which dearest father bears his son do I impart toward you.
Version of Hamlet