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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.
Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Kate Winslet, Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, Judi Dench, Richard Briers, Reece Dinsdale, Timothy Spall, Rufus Sewell, Nicholas Farrell, John Gielgud, Richard Attenborough, Billy Crystal, Gerard Depardieu, Rosemary Harris, Charlton Heston, Rowena King, Jack Lemmon, John Mills, Robin Williams
© 1996 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
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.
There are many ... instances when you want to run screaming from Elsinore Castle.
June 17, 2017
Globe and Mail
This Hamlet may not be perfect, but it is perfectly engrossing.
June 17, 2017
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.
A Lot or A Little?
The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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- Release Date:December 25, 1996
- Highest Available for Purchase:HD