7.9/10
60
4 user 1 critic

Discovering Hamlet (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama, Documentary | TV Movie
A unique, behind-the-scenes look at Shakespeare's great play. In 1988, rising star Kenneth Branagh played the Prince of Denmark for the first time. His guide through four weeks of ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Olshaker
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Enduring Love (2004)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two strangers become dangerously close after witnessing a deadly accident.

Director: Roger Michell
Stars: Rhys Ifans, Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton
Birthday (TV Movie 2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A pregnant man goes through labor in a maternity hospital.

Director: Roger Michell
Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, Louise Brealey, Stephen Mangan
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

Director: Amy Berg
Stars: Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley
Nova (TV Series 1974)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Science documentaries about various topics.

Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Craig Sechler, Lance Lewman
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A true crime movie about a crew of retired crooks who pull off a major heist in London's jewelry district. What starts off as their last criminal hurrah, quickly turns into a brutal nightmare due to greed. Based on infamous true events.

Director: James Marsh
Stars: Michael Caine, Charlie Cox, Michael Gambon
Hamlet (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi
Drama | Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Kenneth Branagh ... Himself / Hamlet
Richard Clifford ... Himself / Horatio
Richard Easton ... Himself / Claudius
Derek Jacobi ... Himself
Edward Jewesbury ... Himself / Polonius
David Parfitt ... Himself / Rosencrantz
Patrick Stewart ... Narrator (voice)
Sophie Thompson ... Herself / Ophelia
Jay Villiers Jay Villiers ... Himself / Laertes
Jimmy Yuill ... Himself / Guildenstern
Edit

Storyline

A unique, behind-the-scenes look at Shakespeare's great play. In 1988, rising star Kenneth Branagh played the Prince of Denmark for the first time. His guide through four weeks of rehearsals at England's Birmingham Repertory Theatre: famed actor Derek Jacobi, "the best Hamlet of his generation" (New York Times). Watch what happens from the first dress rehearsal to the tension-filled opening night. Narrated by Patrick Stewart. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Company Credits

Production Co:

Unicorn Projects See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: In the history of dramatic literature, there is one name that will always be remembered.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good Look at the Stage Play
18 July 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Discovering Hamlet (1990)

*** (out of 4)

Extremely fascinating documentary taking a look at Hamlet, being brought to the stage by first time director Derek Jacobi with Kenneth Branagh in the lead. The documentary really gives one a crash course on the Shakespeare play in general as we start off hearing about the various legends who have played the part throughout the years and then we get to the production of this play. Jacobi, who at one time played Hamlet, goes into very good detail about the various jobs he has to do in regards to directing for the first time and we see him not only help the actors but also make decisions on lighting, costume and how scenes should be staged. Also fascinating to hear is that they're working on such a small stage that the director really has tough decisions to make to try and get the scene to work on such a smaller scale. Branagh goes into great detail about his thoughts on the play as well as the various changes that the character goes through. Some of the most interesting moments deals with the behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsals where the star and director discuss the character and scenes. I'd also say that this documentary is probably stronger today than it was when it was originally released simply because we all know that Branagh went on to make his own film version of the play so it's interesting to see and hear his thoughts here compared to what they were in the theatrical film. At just 52-minutes there's no question that this isn't the definitive look at Hamlet but if you're new to the subject then I think this documentary is a good place to start.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed