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Ophelia (2018)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, Romance | 28 June 2019 (USA)
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A re-imagining of Hamlet, told from Ophelia's perspective.


Claire McCarthy


Semi Chellas (adaptation), Semi Chellas | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daisy Ridley ... Ophelia
Mia Quiney ... Young Ophelia
Calum O'Rourke ... Young Laertes
Nathaniel Parker ... King Hamlet
Naomi Watts ... Gertrude / Mechtild
Jack Cunningham-Nuttall ... Young Hamlet
Lenka Olsanová Lenka Olsanová ... Lady in Waiting 1 (as Lenka Olsanova)
Daniela Hirsh ... Lady in Waiting 2 (as Daniela Hirshova)
Veronika Strapková ... Lady in Waiting 3 (as Veronika Strapkova)
Issy Stewart ... Lady in Waiting 4
Adriana Hercigonja ... Lady in Waiting 5
Nhung Hong Dangová Nhung Hong Dangová ... Lady in Waiting 6 (as Nhung Hong Dangova)
Angela Nwagbo Angela Nwagbo ... Viola
Clive Owen ... Claudius
Dominic Mafham ... Polonius


As a rebellious and motherless child, Ophelia is taken into Elsinore Castle by Queen Gertrude as one of her most trusted ladies-in-waiting. Soon enough, Ophelia captures the affections of the young Prince Hamlet. A passionate romance kindles between the 2 in secret as the kingdom is on the brink of war amidst its own political intrigue and betrayal. When Hamlet's father is murdered and the prince's wits begin to unravel into an insatiable quest for vengeance, Ophelia sharply navigates the rules of power in Denmark all while struggling to choose between her true love and her own life.

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Vengeance Destroys Love. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence/bloody images, some sensuality, and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Daisy Ridley says to Prince Hamlet, "There are two sides struggling within you; one is baser, one is better." Ridley also plays Rey, a main character in Star Wars VII, VIII and IX (2015, 2017 and 2019, respectively) that discovers her abilities and connection to the Force, and must struggle and decide her place between the good and dark sides of it. See more »


Ophelia: You may think you know my story. Many have told it. It has long passed into history... into myth.
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Break of Day
Music by Michael Yezerski and Moira Smiley
Lyrics by John Donne
Performed by Daisy Ridley
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User Reviews

Cluttered mess of a film...
10 May 2020 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

Now I have to start by saying that this is not a good film, but - it does try to introduce Shakespeare to a new audience who would not have seen, nor would sit through, Olivier, Branagh or McKellan in full tilt with the skull of poor old "Yorick", and for that goal alone, it ought to be given a chance. This version is told from the perspective of "Ophelia" (Daisy Ridley) following her exploits as she in taken under the wing of "Queen Gertude" (Naomi Watts) and of her ensuing passion for "Hamlet" (George MacKay) who has been usurped for his dead father's throne by his uncle "Claudius" (Clive Owen). The story has been very heavily adapted to facilitate the new narrative perspective and as such it loses a great deal of it's potency and nuance - Clive Owen and Tom Felton ("Laertes") are shockingly wooden; as is the normally engagingly absurd partnership of "Rosencrantz" (Noel Czuczor) & Guidenstern (Martin Angerbauer). It descends quickly into a rather melodramatic love story losing much of the tension, emotional power and tragedy leading to a seriously underwhelming conclusion.

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Release Date:

28 June 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,145, 30 June 2019

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