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Hamlet (2000)

Modern-day New York City adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder.

Director:

Michael Almereyda

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Michael Almereyda (screen adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Hawke ... Hamlet
Kyle MacLachlan ... Claudius
Diane Venora ... Gertrude
Sam Shepard ... Ghost
Bill Murray ... Polonius
Liev Schreiber ... Laertes
Julia Stiles ... Ophelia
Karl Geary ... Horatio
Paula Malcomson ... Marcella
Steve Zahn ... Rosencrantz
Dechen Thurman ... Guildenstern
Rome Neal Rome Neal ... Barnardo
Jeffrey Wright ... Gravedigger
Paul Bartel ... Osric
Casey Affleck ... Fortinbras
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Storyline

New York, 2000. A specter in the guise of the newly-dead CEO of Denmark Corporation appears to Hamlet, tells of murder most foul, demands revenge, and identifies the killer as Claudius, the new head of Denmark, Hamlet's uncle and now step-father. Hamlet must determine if the ghost is truly his father, and if Claudius did the deed. To buy time, Hamlet feigns madness; to catch his uncle's conscience, he invites him to watch a film he's made that shows a tale of murder. Finally convinced of Claudius's guilt, Hamlet must avenge his father. Claudius now knows Hamlet is a threat and even uses Ophelia, Hamlet's love, in his own plots against the young man. Murder will out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In keeping with the modernized presence of all things Shakespeare throughout the film, Hamlet travels on a plane. This is also a play on words because in the original text of the play the scene takes place in "A plain in Denmark". See more »

Goofs

In Gertrude's bedroom, just after Hamlet kills Polonius, a boom mic is reflected in the windows. See more »

Quotes

Ghost: I am thy father's spirit.
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Connections

Version of Hamlet (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Moon Tide
Written, Performed and Published by Damian O'Neill
Courtesy of Artefact Records
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It didn't work for me
11 March 2001 | by yeadurSee all my reviews

New York, 2000, and Polonius telling his daughter Ophelia that Hamlet is

too princely for her, while Laertes goes on about her 'chaste treasure'?

Far better to have set it in the real Denmark, say 20 years or more ago.

Still, Maclachnan, Venora & Shepard acquit themselves well and Julia

Stiles is an extraordinarily moving Ophelia (and I've seen dozens). The

final duel is a mess and a muddle, but the presage of Ophelia's suicide

in the swimming pool is masterly. I've no idea how Hamlet, Rosencrantz &

Guildernstern got to England - did they use the QEII? - nor how Hamlet

escaped thence, though of course it would be dead easy these day. The

Baz Luhrmann 'Romeo & Juliet' worked for me, but not, alas, this: but as

a Shakespeare completist I had t


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hamlet See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,253, 14 May 2000

Gross USA:

$1,577,287

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,046,433
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Company Credits

Production Co:

double A Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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