Hamlet | Full Movie

Hamlet
  • PG-13
  • 4h 2m
  • 1996
Certified Fresh95%
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Kenneth Branagh leads an all-star cast in this full-length production of William Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, the story of Danish prince Hamlet. Hamlet (Branagh--Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Rabbit-Proof Fence) returns home to learn that his father, the King, has recently died and his mother, Gertrude (Academy Award winner Julie Christie--Dr. Zhivago, Finding Neverland), has already married his uncle, Claudius (Derek Jacobi--Gosford Park, "Breaking the Code"). Suffering from shock and grief, the young prince is visited by the ghost of his father (Brian Blessed--Macbeth, Henry V), who claims that he was murdered by Claudius and who demands vengeance. Now, Hamlet must decide whether this tale told by an apparition is true--and whether he should exact the vengeance his father demands.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh95%
Critics Consensus: Kenneth Branagh's sprawling, finely textured adaptation of Shakespeare's masterpiece lives up to its source material, using strong performances and a sharp cinematic focus to create a powerfully resonant film that wastes none of its 246 minutes.
Reviews
Washington Post
Desson Thomson
Rotten

There are many ... instances when you want to run screaming from Elsinore Castle.

June 17, 2017
Globe and Mail
Rick Groen
Fresh

This Hamlet may not be perfect, but it is perfectly engrossing.

June 17, 2017
ReelViews
James Berardinelli
Fresh

I have seen dozens of versions of this play (either on screen or on stage), and none has ever held...

June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Shakespeare's great tragedy -- all of it.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will see Hamlet and Ophelia making love (without nudity), plus sword fights and poisonings. This is the only full-length production of the play on film.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 25, 1996
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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