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.
Before the start of principal photography, the entire cast did a complete run through of the play, what writer and director Sir Kenneth Branagh described as a sort of studio performance. This way, as they jumped around the chronology of the text during production, everyone would have a sense of where they were in the overall story.
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There is an electric cord visible coming out the back of a lamp on a table near the window during Hamlet's long soliloquy in his chamber.
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)