Hamlet (1996)

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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.


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  • Kenneth Branagh and Kate Winslet in Hamlet (1996)
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3 February 2008 | widescreenguy
Branagh really raised the bar with this version
seen one you've seen them all, right? wrong! I still like the sombre Olivier version and Gibson did well, but this is in a class of its own.

I finally realized with this expanded production set 200 years closer to the present the full message that Shakespeare cleverly concealed with the more prominent aspect of Hamlet's quandary, and that is he, Hamlet, is driven to distraction by the awareness its the insidiousness of human nature that created the conditions that saw his father murdered.

looking at the play with this insight you can see numerous scenes where this notion is there in the background. and by changing the era, Branagh shows yet again the astonishing applicability of that truth. all you need is to read a newspaper, something 'included' in this production.

thank god for British stage actors raised on Shakespeare.

a very rewarding viewing.

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Trivia

At nine, the film holds the record for the most Oscar winners in the cast: Jack Lemmon (Marcellus), who won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Mister Roberts (1955) and Best Actor for Save the Tiger (1973), Charlton Heston (The Player King), who won Best Actor for Ben-Hur (1959), Julie Christie (Gertrude), who won Best Actress for Darling (1965), John Mills (Old Norway), who won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ryan's Daughter (1970), John Gielgud (Priam), who won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Arthur (1981), Richard Attenborough (The English Ambassador), who won Best Director for Gandhi (1982), Robin Williams (Osric), who won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Good Will Hunting (1997), Judi Dench (Hecuba), who won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Kate Winslet (Ophelia), who won Best Actress for The Reader (2008).


Quotes

Hamlet: You cannot call it love! At your age the heyday in the blood is tame!


Goofs

After Hamlet speaks with his father in his woods, while he runs and is met by Marcellus and Horatio, there is a quick pan shot in the woods where you see a ladder covered by a long board on the ground.


Alternate Versions

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.


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Plácido Domingo
Text researched and adapted by Russell Jackson

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