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Zeffirelli's film adaptation of Shakespeare's play starring Mel Gibson as the titular prince. Hamlet (Gibson), Prince of Denmark, is in mourning for his father, whose death is quickly followed by widow Gertrude's (Glenn Close) marriage to Hamlet's uncle, Claudius (Alan Bates), who has assumed the throne following his brother's demise. When the ghost of Hamlet's father (Paul Scofield) visits him and claims to have been foully murdered by Claudius, the young prince vows to avenge his death. However, Hamlet's self-doubt and procrastination lead to further tragedy.
Franco Zeffirelli's stripped-down, two-hour version of Shakespeare's play stars Mel Gibson as a rather robust version of the ambivalent Danish prince. Gibson is much better in the part than many critics have admitted, his powers of clarity doing much to make this particular Hamlet more accessible than several other filmed versions. The supporting cast is outstanding, including Glenn Close as Gertrude, Alan Bates as Claudius, Ian Holm as Polonius, and Helena Bonham Carter as Ophelia. Zeffirelli's vigorous direction employs a lively camera style that nicely alters the viewer's preconceptions about the way Hamlet should look. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Hamlet returns to Denmark when his father, the King, dies. His mother Gertrude has already married Hamlet's uncle Claudius, the new King. They urge Hamlet to marry his beloved Ophelia. But soon the ghost of Hamlet's father appears and tells Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius and Gertrude. Hamlet must choose between passive acquiescence and the need for a vengeance which might lead to tragedy. I would highly recommend this film it has a lot more energy than previous versions of this great play from William Shakespeare.
A theatre production could not achieve this, nor its wonderful castle setting.
Worth buying as a benchmark production which can and should be viewed again and again.
This movie woke my love of Shakespeare, watching from a young age. Mel Gibson is brilliant, and the supporting cast are of the highest calibre also.
Recommended as a gift for all A-level Eng Lit students.
You will be excited and emotionally connected to this timeless play.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The rage both brewed and spilled as passionately as Shakespeare wrote it.Published 4 months ago by Mr J Smart
Bought as my son is studying Hamlet.....only to find out it's Othello not Hamlet he's studying! Good film thoughPublished 4 months ago by David Ellis
This is a moody, brooding Hamlet with Zefferelli's usual creative flair - but Mel Gibson's Hamlet is a mess: way too old for someone just back from university, and lacking range... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Roman Clodia