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?
's only previous Shakespeare experience was playing Juliet in an all male production of "Romeo and Juliet" in Australia. By contrast, Sir Alan Bates
(who played Claudius) had played Hamlet in London in 1970 and Paul Scofield
(who played the Ghost) had played the part in 1948 and 1955, and is considered one of the greatest twentieth century interpreters of the role. See more
Elsinore in Denmark is a very flat, not at like the hilly landscape portrayed in the film. 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.
One American print, which as of January 2016 appears on Paramount's Vault Channel on YouTube, features no credits overlaid during the first two minutes of the film as seen on most prints (aside from the title) and the same goes for the end titles, which leaves only a black screen with music, followed by the Paramount logo. It is unknown how or why there are essentially no credits at all on this print; it is most likely an accident that the distributor was unaware of. See more
Version of Hamlet