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Hamlet 

Not Rated | | Music | Episode aired 1990
A Danish prince and university student avenges his father's murder by his uncle, who stole the crown and married his mother.

Director:

Kevin Kline

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon ... Francisco / Gravedigger / Player
Rene Rivera ... Bernardo / Lucianus
Bill Camp ... Marcellus / Sailor / Player
Peter Francis James ... Horatio
Robert Murch Robert Murch ... Ghost / Priest
Dana Ivey ... Gertrude
Brian Murray ... Claudius
Josef Sommer ... Polonius
Michael Cumpsty ... Laertes
Diane Venora ... Ophelia
Kevin Kline ... Hamlet
Philip Goodwin Philip Goodwin ... Rosencrantz
Reg E. Cathey ... Guildenstern
Clement Fowler Clement Fowler ... Player King / Lord
Tanny McDonald Tanny McDonald ... Player Queen / Lady-in-Waiting
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This is a Great Performances presentation of Joseph Papp's 1990 New York Shakespeare Festival production of the play. Hamlet returns from university for his father's funeral to find his uncle married to his mother. Prompted by his father's ghost, Hamlet carries out his investigation and revenge. Written by Kathy Li

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1990 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Good stagey version
10 November 2003 | by betsywetsySee all my reviews

The best of the stagey Hamlets I've seen, as opposed to the Gibson and Branagh really dedicated movie versions. I expected even better from Kline though; if he was pushing a new interpretation, I missed it completely. It was, after all, stagey, and pretty much standard in reading.

The disturbing thing is that I thought the Player King in his Priam speech was more natural than the outer play. I found that spellbinding and enlightening in a speech - sadly shortened - that I'd never paid

attention to before. I guess that's the stage for you, though.


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