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Let the Devil Wear Black (1999)

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In this updated version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, a young man comes face-to-face with personal treachery after suspecting that his father may have been murdered.

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Stacy Title
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Penner ... Jack Lyne
Randall Batinkoff ... Bradbury
Norman Reedus ... Brautigan
Jamey Sheridan ... Carl Lyne
Brooke Taylor Brooke Taylor ... Tiffany
Jacqueline Bisset ... Helen Lyne
Mary-Louise Parker ... Julia Hirsch
Jeffrey Schoeny Jeffrey Schoeny ... Young Jack
Chris Sarandon ... Jack's Father
Thomas F. Duffy ... Bartender (as Thomas Duffy)
Jonathan Banks ... Satch
Philip Baker Hall ... Sol Hirsch
Kevin West ... Pharmacist
Tony Plana ... Tall
Lobo Sebastian ... Ugly
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Storyline

A college student launches an investigation into his wealthy father's death when he suspects his mother and his uncle may have been involved. His suspicions seem cemented when the two announce their impending marriage only shortly after the death. The student's girl friend is also revealed to be increasingly unstable as the investigation progresses. Satch also is revealed to be deeply involved, but the connection has to be found. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Something is Rotten in the City of Angels

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Crime | Thriller | Drama

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

9 June 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Morte se Veste de Negro See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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New Moon Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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References The Last House on the Left (1972) See more »

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Penner
16 July 2006 | by winner55See all my reviews

A bold and worthy attempt to update Shakespeare's Hamlet by stripping the play of its dialogue, and turning it into a contemporary murder story.

Of course it isn't always successful, I suspect that no such strategy would be, since Shakespeare's language is actually more important than his plotting.

Still, the sincerity of cast and crew carry the effort a great ways. The Rozencrantz and Guildenstern sup-plot was, I thought, particularly well-handled.

I have shown this to people who say they hate Shakespeare, without telling them the connection to the bard, and they have generally found it fascinating. Perhaps this is the only way some people can "get" Shakespeare.

definitely worth a viewing.


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