Hamlet (TV Movie 2009) Poster

(2009 TV Movie)

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Sex & Nudity

  • No actual sexual content or nudity of any kind in this film. PG-rated due to very mild violence. Suitable for family viewing and use in the classroom.
  • During the play scene, a man removes a red patch in the front of his pants and a slinky dangles out. This is odd, but not overly vulgar, and it will most likely not even be noticed/understood by children.
  • During Ophelia's insanity, she removes her dress and is shown in only a bra and underwear for a couple of minutes.

Violence & Gore

  • The tragic ending follows Shakespeare's play. See below in the "Frightening and Intense Scenes" category. Not portrayed in a remotely graphic or bloody way, however.
  • A few flesh wounds are shown. Gore is minimal.


  • There is no profanity of any kind in this film, since it follows the text of Shakespeare's play exactly.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • It is mentioned how Claudius is a drunk and has a drunken revelry every night. This, however, is not condoned by the play, and the noble characters look down upon those who participate.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The atmosphere is mildly dark and foreboding, but this is in keeping with the play itself.
  • The appearance of the ghost is a mildly scary scene, but not over the top.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • Polonius is shot by Hamlet through the mirror with a gun.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The end follows Shakespeare's play. Laertes poisons Hamlet with his sword; Hamlet takes that sword from him and does the same to him. Gertrude accidentally kills herself drinking a poison drink. Upon realizing his uncle's plot, Hamlet forces him to drink from the cup as well. None of this is gory, and it follows the play.

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