PG-13 | | Drama
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.
Kate Winslet did not even audition for the role of Ophelia. Winslet had previously auditioned for the role of Elizabeth in Sir Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), and Branagh was so impressed that he offered her the role in this movie without so much as a reading. Appropriately, Carter played Ophelia in Hamlet (1990).
Do you see yonder cloud that's almost in the shape of a camel?
Polonius: By the mass, and 'tis like a camel indeed.
Hamlet: Methinks it's like a weasel.
Polonius: It is backed like a weasel.
Hamlet: Or like a whale.
Polonius: Very like a whale.
When the King and Queen are hugging after Polonius' death and the camera moves away, on the ground, you can see wheel tracks in the dust clearly.
Two versions should have been theatrically released at the same time: a complete 242-minutes director's cut shown only in selected venues (large key cities) and a shorter, wide-release version that ran about two-and-a-half hours. After some critical backlash, Castle Rock decided to release the complete 4 hours everywhere in the US and use the shorter version for some overseas territories.
$148,321 (USA) (29 December 1996)
$4,414,535 (USA) (13 April 1997)