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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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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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From the author of "Romeo and Juliet"... the love story of Hamlet and Ophelia. See more »

Genres:

Drama

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G | See all certifications »
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

At only thirty-one-years-old, Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of the youngest actors to have played Claudius in a production of Hamlet. 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 Hamlet (1983) See more »

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An Excellent Condition!
7 December 2005 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

So far, the film version of Tony Richardson's adaptation has been more than satisfactory. This is a must for Shakespeare fans. Nicol Williamson who should have been knighted by now which bothers me more than anything else that he has not been quite rewarded is brilliant in his role as Hamlet. He even outshines Sir Anthony Hopkins C.B.E. who plays his uncle, Claudius. I know Nicol has some personal problems which makes him a very difficult actor to work aside but he is brilliant and talented actor. Maybe he has stayed away from acting rather than go insane or mad. The scenes where his Hamlet is going mad is better than Lord Laurence Olivier. You really believe it. Some people have preferred his Hamlet to other actors who have played the role in the past. I am sure Nicol Williamson deserves to be there somewhere in the top ten list of great Hamlets. Being an artist like an actor without going crazy, mad or insane is an amazing accomplishment. For Nicol, I think he was blessed and cursed with talent and yet with difficulty. I am not excusing his difficult behavior but he is one of the most talented actors and should be rewarded with knighthood like his peers who have taken on the role of Hamlet like Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir John Gielgud, Lord Laurence Olivier, Kenneth Branagh (C.B.E. refused honor in 1996), and others. I hope people will also recognize Judy Parfitt as Queen Gertrude who is quite wonderful in the role. Marianne Faithful plays Ophelia but it is really Nicol's film and worth watching again.


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