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Royal Deceit (1994)

Prince of Jutland (original title)
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. ... See full summary »

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... Fenge
... Geruth
... Amled
... Aethelwine
... Ribold
... Ethel
... Ragnar
... Bjorn
... Hardvendel
Saskia Wickham ... Gunvor
... Caedman
... Aslak
... Torsten
Philip Rham ... Aelfred
... Frovin
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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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Rated R for some violence and scenes of nudity | See all certifications »

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Kate Beckinsale stated that after the films release, she was approached by a man in Paris, praising the movie, saying that he never saw the story of Hamlet work as a comedy. The movie was not meant to be a comedy. See more »

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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 »

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

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The real Hamlet story
3 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a retelling of the Hamlet story that tries to show it as realistically as possible in its actual historic setting. The "noble" princes and kings of the Shakespearean stage were a grubby lot in real life. The average suburban American lives more regally than they ever dreamed of. If you can get past that, and ignore Shakespeare's ghost, you might enjoy this movie on its own terms. Something else you might have to get past, and a major problem facing any director who wants to do something like this, is Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The giggles you hear in the audience are people being reminded of their favorite scenes from it. Unfair, but there it is.


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