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Royal Deceit (1994)

Prince of Jutland (original title)
An ancient Danish story of evil, power and human spirit, that subsequently inspired William Shakespeare on his tragedy - Hamlet.

Director:

Gabriel Axel

Writers:

Gabriel Axel (screenplay), Erik Kjersgaard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Byrne ... Fenge
Helen Mirren ... Geruth
Christian Bale ... Amled
Brian Cox ... Aethelwine
Steven Waddington ... Ribold
Kate Beckinsale ... Ethel
Tony Haygarth ... Ragnar
Freddie Jones ... Bjorn
Tom Wilkinson ... Hardvendel
Saskia Wickham Saskia Wickham ... Gunvor
Brian Glover ... Caedman
Mark Williams ... Aslak
Andy Serkis ... Torsten
Philip Rham Philip Rham ... Aelfred
Ewen Bremner ... Frovin
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Storyline

This re-telling of Hamlet goes back to the original Danish source material. The opening scenario remains the same: Hamlet's father murdered by his brother who then weds the widowed mother. Hamlet must discover his strength and leadership that will allow him to regain his rightful throne. Don't expect an ending which matches the Bard's though, this is more like a true Viking epic. Written by Victor R. Volkman <sysop@HAL9K.com>

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His Quest for Vengeance... May Cost Him Everything.

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and scenes of nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Netherlands | UK | Denmark | France | Germany

Language:

English | Danish

Release Date:

23 February 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Royal Deceit See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First film of Andy Serkis. See more »

Goofs

On the day Hardvendel dies, Fenge receives a significant cut wound to his upper left arm. The very next day, after Hardvendel's funeral, Fenge is seen stripped in a sauna and there is no trace of the wound whatsoever. See more »

Crazy Credits

"I would like to thank my Mother for introducing me to, and teaching me to love these ancient Chronicles." - Gabriel Axel See more »

Connections

Version of Hamlet Goes Business (1987) See more »

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Keep an open mind and broaden your horizon
20 June 2005 | by hyperhenrySee all my reviews

This is certainly not a film for you if you prefer Hollywood productions. It has absolutely nothing to do with Shakespeare. Nor is it a film about Hamlet. It is, however, definitely a film about Amled, Prince of Jutland and follows, as such, the narrative by Saxo Grammaticus. The director has fully understood this and has carefully adjusted the tone and atmosphere of the film to match the ancient Viking saga. Life was simple in those days, as were the words. There is no melancholy, brooding and doubting prince in this film, there is only a prince with his heart set on calculated revenge with more than a spot of quick wit and humor. So, if you want to dive in and give this film a chance, you have to keep an open mind. If you do that, you're in for a unique experience that will broaden your horizon and teach you to appreciate alternative film making. IMO, one of the best saga films ever made.


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