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Hamlet (1969)

G | | Drama | 9 April 1970 (UK)
Nicol Williamson takes the lead role in this star-studded 1969 version of William Shakespeare's tragedy. Prince Hamlet (Williamson) mourns his father's death and his mother's (Judy ... See full summary »

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Tony Richardson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicol Williamson ... Hamlet
Judy Parfitt ... Gertrude
Anthony Hopkins ... Claudius
Marianne Faithfull ... Ophelia
Mark Dignam ... Polonius
Michael Pennington ... Laertes
Gordon Jackson ... Horatio
Ben Aris Ben Aris ... Rosencrantz
Clive Graham Clive Graham ... Guildenstern
Peter Gale Peter Gale ... Osric
Roger Livesey ... First Player / Gravedigger
John J. Carney ... Player King (as John Carney)
Richard Everett Richard Everett ... Player Queen
Robin Chadwick Robin Chadwick ... Francisco
Ian Collier Ian Collier ... Priest
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Storyline

Nicol Williamson takes the lead role in this star-studded 1969 version of William Shakespeare's tragedy. Prince Hamlet (Williamson) mourns his father's death and his mother's (Judy Parfitt's) marriage to Claudius (Sir Anthony Hopkins). When the ghost of Hamlet's father appears to him and tells him that Claudius has poisoned him, Hamlet swears revenge.

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The Hamlet of our time, for our time. See more »

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Shakespeare's Hamlet See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Another unusual feature of the film is that the end credits are narrated rather than seen on film. See more »

Goofs

At c. 147 minutes Gertrude's fillings, obviously the result of C20th dentistry, can be seen clearly. See more »

Crazy Credits

The names of the film's cast and the names of the characters they play are recited by an offscreen voice rather than shown on the screen, in the manner of 'Francois Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451". See more »

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Version of He Wanted to Become King (1967) See more »

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One fine actor
2 September 2001 | by gypsycaineSee all my reviews

I was switching channels one Saturday evening when my dial stopped--Nicol was on the screen, and there was no mistaking him. I didn't recognize the role at first, until he spoke a few words; then the play came to me like a flash. Hamlet. I stayed, and finished out the play as much as I could (I was suffering insomia and just channel-surfing to fall asleep by) before cursed sleep took over. (Sleep that knits the raveled sleep of care, oh, wait. That's another of his movies!)

In all seriousness, I was intrigued by his portray of the mad-Prince. The mood changes were all down perfectly--you could see the insanity truly right below the eyes. Now, either Nicol's a brillant actor (natch!) or he's a bit touched himself! Every little thing he did onscreen, ever muscle twitch in his facial expressions--you really believed that he was insane, and it was perfect. I had never seen any of the other Hamlet plays, just local-type ones by amateurs, and he blew my socks off.

I HIGHLY recommend this movie. Now, if you get a copy, you'd better tell me where--I've been looking for footage since that night! I even opened the TV-Guide, tore out the little paragraph that was in there about it, and stashed it so I could have all the particulars.

Never found a copy yet (video stores and libraries), but I haven't given up home.

Do check out this movie if you see it's coming on cable again--it's very worth the few hours!

:)

Dee


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