Directed By: Franco Zeffirelli Starring: Mel Gibson

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Hamlet, prince of denmark, finds out that his uncle claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.


Studio Warner
SKU 40236063
UPC 085391903321
UPC 14 00085391903321
Format DVD
Release Date 2/8/2005
Rating Rating
Stage Play
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Acclaimed director Franco Zeffirelli teamed with Mel Gibson for this energetic, earthy adaptation of the classic Shakespeare tragedy. From study abroad, the young Prince of Denmark returns home to find his mother has married his uncle, and his father's ghost is urging him to action; but what action? Gibson brings real gusto to Hamlet's anguish, and makes this full-blooded translation roar with life. Glenn Close, as his mother, and Helena Bonham Carter, as Ophelia, both lend excellent support. This is Shakespeare with teeth; it should please both students and casual filmgoers.
Plot Summary
Summary Director Franco Zeffirelli and star Mel Gibson combine their talents for this full-blooded adaptation of the classic tragedy. The movie is a concise, trimmed version of the play, as Hamlet returns to Elsinore to finds his mother married to his uncle and his dead father's ghost demanding vengeance. Shot in Northern Scotland amid actual castles and foggy landscapes, the film has a very realistic, rugged feel courtesy of cinematographer David Watkin. Mel Gibson is superb in the title role, burying his movie star persona within a sulking, sometimes completely unsympathetic performance as the prince. Glenn Close as his mother is also disturbingly real--the two share some scenes that are nearly incestuous in their intensity--and Helena Bonham Carter lends Ophelia the perfect note of otherworldly pain. This is a perfect companion to Zeffirelli's earlier Shakespeare films, TAMING OF THE SHREW and ROMEO & JULIET, and proves that he is a true master of poetry and period realism. Shakespeare fans should be very pleased, and beginners will find no better place to start than this accessible and vibrant adaptation.
Sight and Sound "...Both leads stand up honourably, with some solid, unshowy acting, to a cluster of high-caliber British Shakespeareans..." 05/01/1991 p.48-9,"...It's exquisitely designed, by Dante Ferretti, and lushly photographed....Gibson shows Shakespearean tools: princely bearing, a resonant and supple voice for verse....He is a creditable Hamlet..." 01/18/1991 p.F1
USA Today "...Given how intellectually the role is usually played, Gibson's portrayal is personal and original..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 12/19/1990 p.4D
New York Times "...Fluid and atmospheric....Gibson is a serious and compelling Hamlet for today..." 12/19/1990 p.C15
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "It proves one of Gibson's best performances, vibrant, crazed, capturing a sense of emotion running riot that the Royal Shakespeare Company tends to damp down." 02/01/2009
Franco Zeffirelli
Mel Gibson
Cast & Crew
John McEnery - Star
Glenn Close - Star
Christopher Fairbank - Star
Pete Postlethwaite - Star
Helena Bonham-Carter - Star
Vernon Dobtcheff - Star
Stephen Dillane - Star
Michael Maloney - Star
Christien Anholt - Star
Ian Holm - Star
Nathaniel Parker - Star
Mel Gibson - Star
Richard Warwick - Star
Paul Scofield - Star
Alan Bates - Star
Trevor Peacock - Star
William Shakespeare - Story
Ennio Morricone - Composer
Franco Zeffirelli - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1990
Catalog ID 19033
UPC 00085391903321
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 135 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Product Attributes
Actor Gibson,Mel
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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