HamletDirector: Franco Zeffirelli
Franco Zeffirelli directs his third Shakespeare adaptation (after Romeo and Juliet and Otello) with this film version of the tragedy Hamlet. The titular prince of Denmark (Mel Gibson), returns home to his family's castle of Elsinore after years of attending school in Germany to find out his father has died and his uncle Claudius (Alan Bates) is the new king. To make matters worse, Claudius has married Hamlet's mother, Queen Gertrude (Glenn Close), whom he has unusually strong feelings for. Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost (Paul Scofield), who asks him to seek revenge for his murder. In order to find out who the real killer is, Hamlet stages a theatrical scene resembling his father's death. Claudius is upset by the production and leaves to arrange for Hamlet's murder. In the ensuing confusion, Hamlet accidentally kills Polonious (Ian Holm) instead of Claudius; Hamlet's lover, Ophelia (Helena Bonham Carter), goes mad and commits suicide; and eventually Hamlet and Claudius both meet their fate.
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Cast & Crew
|Paul Scofield||The Ghost|
|Helena Bonham Carter||Ophelia|
|Trevor Peacock||The Gravedigger|
|Pete Postlethwaite||Player King|
|Christopher Fairbank||Player Queen|
|Marjorie Bell||The Player|
|Justin Case||The Player|
|Vincenzo Cerami||Art Director|
|Christopher de Vore||Screenwriter|
|Dante Ferretti||Production Designer|
|Michael Lamont||Art Director|
|Maurizio Millenotti||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|James Morahan||Art Director|
|Ennio Morricone||Score Composer|
|Francesca Lo Schiavo||Set Decoration/Design|
|Alan Tomkins||Art Director|
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I LOVE this version of Hamlet! After waiting 14 years to have a copy, I'm so excited that it's finally being released on DVD. Mel Gibson is wonderful - his handling of the dialogue is never forced or overly dramatic, as many actors seem to have a problem with when performing Shakespeare's plays. Glenn Close and Helena Bonham Carter also give much more depth to their characters than one normally finds when reading the play; the combined performances make this version a very strong, human, and emotional one.
I love this version of Hamlet, it has just the right elements to help those who don't read a lot of Shakespeare (like some people in my family) to appreciate the bard. The entire movie is well cast and Franco Zeffirelli again delivers a Shakespeare movie, the kind of which has not been seen since his Romeo and Juliet.
The best version of Hamlet. Mel Gibson proves he is more than an action hero with this performance...a must see!
This is really an unforgettable Hamlet! It draws you in and even in Shakespearian language makes it easy to understand. Some very funny moments interact in crucial and significant scenes. Mel Gibson and Glenn Close were outstanding. Actually, the whole cast was. I highly recommend this movie. You will watch it over and over again. The whole family will enjoy this one.
Hamlet in its original is excessively long and verbose. While the soliloquies are classic, the rest is a ponderous mess. This interpretation thankfully removes most of Shakespeare's detritus from the original play, keeping the best of his writing, the best of the characters, and the best of the story.
This movie is an excellent portrayal of Shakespeare's book Hamlet. Mel Gibson and others performance is amazing. The only problem that I had was the old English vocabulary, but is more comprehendable in the movie than the book. I reccomend this movie before you read the book. It clears up some misconseptions. by the way...mel is very cute in this movie and really looks like he is 20ish :)
It is true that the movie does exclude a lot of what is in the original play. However, it was appropriate for the audience of this day and age. The storyline was kept and there were no drastic changes. The modifications only made the movie more entertaining. The acting was suberb and very believable. Mel Gibson's delivery of the famous 'To be or not to be' monologue was marvelous. I feel this movie deserves a lot of credit.
Though many point out this movie was not entirely true in form to the original, I still found it to be a very entertaining and enjoyable film. Mel Gibson gives a very convincing performance which draws you into the character of Hamlet and his dialemmas. I would suggest it to anyone who wouldn't be offended by liberties taken which aren't completely true to the original play.
This movie was horrible it skiped through half the play and was so americanized that it lacked any signifigant beauty whatsoever
In pre release interviewes, Glenn Close states: 'Gertrude must have been a very strong woman... and I wanted to play her that way'. Enough said.
This movie is a sad disappointment. It is unfortunate that no one ever taught Mel Gibson how to act,(instead of just standing around and looking pretty). It is very evident that HE DOESN'T HAVE A CLUE WHAT HE IS SAYING! He spouts all the lines with the same voice and the same face, it is almost laughable. Everything that Hamlet said had a meaning, he wasn't just talking to hear himself! Also, the whole Oedipus thing with Glenn Close was weird and misplaced; a little too Freudian for me. If you want to see a quality version see the Kenneth Branagh one, it is longer, but MUCH better. The only redeeming value this movie has is Helena Bonham Carter's performance as Ophelia. She is a wonderful actress and made the best of being in a movie with those less talented than she is.
This play's really NOT the thing to catch the conscience of the king... And what happened to Ophelia? This American Dane does not have the power of the Bard...