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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hamlet
... Claudius
... Gertrude
... Ghost
... Polonius
... Laertes
... Ophelia
... Horatio
... Marcella
... Rosencrantz
Dechen Thurman ... Guildenstern
Rome Neal ... Barnardo
... Gravedigger
... Osric
... 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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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »
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23 June 2000 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,253, 14 May 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,568,749, 13 August 2000
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Trivia

Sam Shepard also played Ethan Hawke's father in Snow Falling on Cedars (1999). See more »

Goofs

When we first see Claudius speaking, his mouth is obviously saying something other than what we hear. It lasts for about five seconds. See more »

Quotes

Hamlet: The play's the thing, with which I'll catch the conscience of the king.
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Connections

Version of Hamles (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne
Written by William H. Martin, Anthony John Medeski and Chris B. Wood
Performed by Medeski Martin & Wood
Published by Beatworld Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Blue Note Records, A Division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Innovative film
27 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

Shakespeare has arrived in the moneyed world of New York, and I think he likes it. What particularly struck me about this film was some of the imagery and devices. Reflections are everywhere, not just in Hamlet's soliloquies: glass windows, mirrors, water, even the video screen. If we exist only in the eyes of others (J-P Sartre), then everything in this film is granted existence, even Hamlet's madness, because we see it through so many media and reflections. Hamlet's "play within a play" becomes a film, not something ephemeral, but a strip of celluloid that will last past his death, just as this play has survived so many centuries after Shakespeare's time.


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