• Hamlet (1990)

Hamlet

Release Date: 1990

DVD Release Date: February 24th, 2004

PG |2 hr 15 min

Plot Summary

Franco Zeffirelli's adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy about the young prince of Denmark who is plagued by indecision when he vows to avenge his father's murder. Filmed on location around the UK, including Stonehaven in Scotland, the film boasts an impressive ensemble cast.

Cast: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm, Helena Bonham Carter, Stephen Dillane, Nathaniel Parker

Director: Franco Zeffirelli

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers/Seven Arts

Keywords: Friend, Murder, Deception, Tense, Revenge, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It's a strong, intelligent performance [by Gibson], filled with life, and it makes this into a surprisingly robust Hamlet. show more

  • 75
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The cinematic strategies are energetic without being vulgar, the words are plain-spoken, and moony Mel's melancholy is what matinee idols are made of. [18 Jan 1991]

  • 88
    TV Guide Magazine

    Zeffirelli's production is neither high art nor lowbrow pandering, but something in between. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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