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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 10 November 1980
Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the Prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.

Director:

Rodney Bennett

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Jacobi ... Hamlet
Claire Bloom ... Gertrude
Patrick Stewart ... Claudius
Eric Porter ... Polonius
Lalla Ward ... Ophelia
David Robb ... Laertes
Patrick Allen ... Ghost of Hamlet's Father
Robert Swann Robert Swann ... Horatio
Jonathan Hyde ... Rosencrantz
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Guildenstern
Emrys James Emrys James ... First Player (King)
Jason Kemp Jason Kemp ... Second Player (Queen)
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Third Player (Lucianus)
Bill Homewood ... Player in the mime, King
Peter Richard Peter Richard ... Player in the mime, Queen (as Peter Richards)
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Storyline

Hamlet comes home from university to find his uncle married to his mother, and his father's ghost haunting the battlements and scaring the watch. Then his father's ghost directs him to seek revenge. Written by Kathy Li

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lalla Ward was teased by Sir Patrick Stewart because, at the time she made this movie, she was appearing in Doctor Who (1963). Stewart told her he wouldn't be caught dead doing science fiction. Within a few years, however, he appeared in David Lynch's Dune (1984), in Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce (1985), as Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), and as Professor X in the X-Men film franchise. See more »

Goofs

When the grave diggers have dug the grave, they lay planks upon the hole and upon those planks spread straps. Upon these planks and straps Ophelia's body is laid. However, when the burial proceeds and her body is put into the grave, the planks have strangely disappeared and Ophelia's dead body is lowered into the earth. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version shown on PBS omitted the scene in which Hamlet "baits" Polonius ("Do you know me, my lord?" "Excellent well. You are a fishmonger", etc.). It cut straight from Polonius and Claudius considering how to prove that Hamlet is mad to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's greeting Hamlet at the castle. See more »

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Version of Gran teatro: Hamlet (1964) See more »

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Definitely 'To be'!
10 March 1999 | by TipuSee all my reviews

Havn't seen Branagh or Mel Gibson, & Olivier is a distant b&w teenage memory, but this is GOOD. The cast is awesome & lives upto its billing. Patrick Stewart is a great 'villain' (I havn't seen Conspiracy Theory, so I don't know how good a villain he is in movies), Claire Bloom is a sexy queen (she was one short of 50 when this was made, but very oomph). The sexual tension between she & Hamlet crackles. Stretches in between drag things down a bit (even Shakespeare was indecisive when he wrote it?) but the last hour is electrifying. As for Derek Jacobi, what do I say? Worth keeping the telly running for 4 hours.


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