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?
Glenn Close, who plays Gertrude, Hamlet's mother, is only nine years older than Mel Gibson, who plays her on-screen son. This actually represents an improvement over the age difference between the actor and actress playing Hamlet and Gertrude in the 1948 film version, in which Sir Laurence Olivier (Hamlet) was almost eleven years older than Eileen Herlie, who played Gertrude. See more
During Ophelia's lament, she reaches out with one arm to anyone who will help. In the next shot, the opposite arm is outstretched. 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