Hamlet Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for Hamlet the Movie

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Branagh tackles Shakespeare once again with the uncut, four-hour long story of the melancholy Dane (played by you-know-who). Branagh's decision to use the complete text, and move the action ahead 600 years to the 19th century adds an interesting external political dimension to the palace intrigue and gives this sixth screen adaptation the stature of Olivier's 1948 masterpiece. Jacobi and Christie stand out among a very large and brilliant cast. Lemmon and Crystal, however, should stick to American comedy. A two and a half hour version was also prepared for those with shorter attention spans, but the uncut version is well worth the time invested.

Distribution

Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL: http://www.spe.sony.com, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on VHS
Running time 242 minutes.
Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Aunts & Uncles, Nieces & Nephews, Adapted from a Play, Plays to Film: William Shakespeare, Royalty, Revenge, Foreign Intrigue, Sanity Check, Family Ties, Tragedy, Period Piece: 19th Century
Screenplay
Kenneth Branagh
Cast
Kenneth Branagh, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi, Richard Briers, Brian Blessed, Michael Maloney, Timothy Spall, Reece Dinsdale, Jack Lemmon, Nicholas Farrell, Charlton Heston, Rosemary Harris, Gerard Depardieu, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Simon Russell Beale, Michael Bryant, John Gielgud, Richard Attenborough, Rufus Sewell, Judi Dench, Ian McElhinney, John Mills
Cinematography
Alex Thomson
Director
Kenneth Branagh
Music
Patrick Doyle
Producer
David Barron, Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures

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