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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.

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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:

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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

The director would like to thank Extras for their patience and cooperation. See more »

Connections

Version of Hamlet (1948) See more »

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A must for any Christian Bale fan.
22 October 2004 | by marian_the_librarianSee all my reviews

I've been waiting so long to see "Royal Deceit" that I had almost given up hope of ever finding it at any video store. Then on-line film purchasing came along and all my prayers were answered. As I sat and finally witnessed that majesty and of the original Hamlet story, I couldn't help but be thoroughly moved by it. The leading players are marvelous, Christian Bale especially. I am a "Bale-head" and have seen every other one of his films. Everything the young actor touches deserves recognition as a work of true art. He only chooses the best subject matter and scripts. He should certainly be hailed as the best and most courageous actor of the millennium. A must for any Christian Bale fan, or for that matter any fan of true artistic film.


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