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Story

Franco Zeffirelli's stripped-down, two-hour version of Shakespeare's play stars Mel Gibson as a rather robust version of the ambivalent Danish prince. Gibson is much better in the part than many critics have admitted, his powers of clarity doing much to make this particular Hamlet more accessible than several other filmed versions. The supporting cast is outstanding, including Glenn Close as Gertrude, Alan Bates as Claudius, Ian Holm as Polonius, and Helena Bonham Carter as Ophelia. Zeffirelli's vigorous direction employs a lively camera style that nicely alters the viewer's preconceptions about the way Hamlet should look. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Mel GibsonHamlet
Glenn CloseGertrude
Alan BatesClaudius
Paul ScofieldThe Ghost
Ian HolmPolonius
Helena Bonham CarterOphelia
Stephen DillaneHoratio
Nathaniel ParkerLaertes
Sean MurrayGuildenstern
Michael MaloneyRosencrantz
Trevor PeacockThe Gravedigger
John McEneryOsric
Richard WarwickBernardo
Christien AnholtMarcellus
Dave DuffyFrancisco
Vernon DobtcheffReynaldo
Pete PostlethwaitePlayer King
Christopher FairbankPlayer Queen
Roger LowLucianus in "The Murder of Gonzago"
Graham RiddellBodyguard (uncredited)

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Franco Zeffirelli
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 130 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 18, 1991
    EuropeApr 19, 1991
    AustraliaFeb 22, 1991
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 24, 2004
    EuropeDec 26, 2005
    JapanSep 18, 2009
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