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Hamlet (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 10 December 2000
The classic Shakespeare tragedy is revisioned in America at the turn of the 20th Century. Campbell Scott (Singles, The Spanish Prisoner) adapted, co-directed and stars in the title role ... See full summary »

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Campbell Scott ... Hamlet
Blair Brown ... Gertrude
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Polonius
LisaGay Hamilton ... Ophelia
Jamey Sheridan ... Claudius
Marcus Giamatti ... Guildenstern
John Benjamin Hickey ... Horatio
Michael Imperioli ... Rosencrantz
Byron Jennings ... Ghost of Hamlet's Father / First Player
Dan Moran ... Gravedigger
Denis O'Hare ... Osric
Sam Robards ... Fortinbras
Roger Guenveur Smith ... Laertes
Bill Buell ... Bernardo
David Debesse David Debesse ... Francisco
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The classic Shakespeare tragedy is revisioned in America at the turn of the 20th Century. Campbell Scott (Singles, The Spanish Prisoner) adapted, co-directed and stars in the title role with Tony Award winner Blair Brown (Copenhagen) as his mother Gertrude. Written by Anonymous

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2000 (USA) See more »

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I ekdikisi See more »

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Version of Io, Amleto (1952) See more »

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Delivering Shakespeare
14 June 2004 | by tonykcbSee all my reviews

Usually, Americans playing Shakespeare make a hash of the language - see "Much Ado About Nothing" with Keanu Reeve and Robert Sean Leonard for unassailable proof. In this version of "Hamlet", though, Campbell Scott's unassuming, straightforward delivery of some of Shakespeare's most challenging lines is almost flawless. It is not that the American accent is unsuited to dealing with Elizabethan English, it seems, but the tradition of allowing the language to speak for itself is usually lacking with American actors. They seem to need to imbue everything with their own idea of what the character's emotional state should be, which the language, if it is powerful enough, should be able to do all by itself. As a result of seeing this version of "Hamlet", I have had to rethink completely my prejudices about Americans playing Shakespeare.


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