September 19, 2000
Morningstar Home Video
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 155 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
Laurence Olivier's version of the Shakespeare tragedy, which eliminated the characters of Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Fortinbras (King of Norway).
In 15th-century Denmark, young Prince Hamlet is racked by torment and indecision after seeing a vision of his deceased father. During this ghostly visitation, the melancholy Prince learned, to his horror, that Claudius, Hamlet's uncle, was responsible for murdering the King. Even worse, this cold-blooded killer has since married Hamlet's mother and ascended to the throne.
Hamlet vows revenge -- yet he procrastinates, unsure of how best to accomplish his task...
Critically-acclaimed and beloved by the Academy, Olivier stars in and directs Shakespeare's masterpiece about a desperate prince seeking revenge for the secret murder of his father by his uncle. Though the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern scenes were cut, the authentic setting (shot in Elsinore, Denmark) helped it earn seven Academy Award Nominations, including Best Director, and four Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Olivier), Best Art Direction and Best Costumes.
Shot in Denmark.
Film had an approximate budget of $2 million.
Additional credits: Roger Randell (set dresser), Peter Bolton (assistant director), Elizabeth Everson (continuity), James Hamilton (chief electrician), Alan Dent (text editor), David Paltenghi (mime play), and Dennis Loraine (sword play).