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Plot, Details & Awards

Hamlet

(1990)
PG 135min.
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Plot & Details

Franco Zeffirelli directs his third Shakespeare adaptation (after Romeo and Juliet and Otello) with this film version of the tragedy Hamlet. The titular prince of Denmark (Mel Gibson), returns home to his family's castle of Elsinore after years of attending school in Germany to find out his father has died and his uncle Claudius (Alan Bates) is the new king. To make matters worse, Claudius has married Hamlet's mother, Queen Gertrude (Glenn Close), whom he has unusually strong feelings for. Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost (Paul Scofield), who asks him to seek revenge for his murder. In order to find out who the real killer is, Hamlet stages a theatrical scene resembling his father's death. Claudius is upset by the production and leaves to arrange for Hamlet's murder. In the ensuing confusion, Hamlet accidentally kills Polonious (Ian Holm) instead of Claudius; Hamlet's lover, Ophelia (Helena Bonham Carter), goes mad and commits suicide; and eventually Hamlet and Claudius both meet their fate.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Maurizio Millenotti Nominated
1990 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Dante Ferretti Nominated
1990 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Francesca Lo Schiavo Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Alan Bates Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Alan Bates Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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