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The Fifteen Minute Hamlet (1995)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short
Shakespeare films Hamlet on a single reel then, after an initial screening, edits it down to the bare bones.

Director:

Todd Louiso

Writers:

Tom Stoppard (play), Michael Goldberg (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Austin Pendleton ... Hamlet
Ernest Perry Jr. Ernest Perry Jr. ... Claudius / Polonius
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Bernardo / Horatio / Laertes (as Philip S. Hoffman)
Angie Phillips Angie Phillips ... Gertrude
Paul Ben-Victor ... Francisco / Ghost / Gravedigger / Osric / Fortinbras
Todd Louiso ... Ophelia
Anjul Nigam ... The Courier
Tom Flowers Tom Flowers ... The Musician
Michael Goldberg Michael Goldberg ... A Producer
Tommy Swerdlow ... A King
Xander Berkeley ... Shakespeare
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Storyline

A tongue-in-cheek take on the film industry as if it existed in Elizabethan times. Director William Shakespeare shoots "Hamlet" in one reel, seemingly in one continuous take. When he screens this silly but accurate 15-minute version to a studio boss, he's told he needs to trim it down to make it more commercial. He begrudgingly does so, with surprising results...from the audience and himself. Written by Kevin Gillease <gillease@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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Sound Mix:

Soundelux

Color:

Color
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A bona fide classic. Austin Pendleton is brilliant.
11 November 1998 | by CoolzipSee all my reviews

It's like watching a live performance of the Cliff Notes from Hamlet, only with a sense of humor. All the actors do a wonderful job and the film is a laugh riot from beginning to end. Highest marks!


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