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Hamlet [VHS]

4.5 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm
  • Directors: Franco Zeffirelli
  • Writers: Franco Zeffirelli, Christopher De Vore, William Shakespeare
  • Producers: Bruce Davey, Dyson Lovell
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 4front
  • VHS Release Date: 17 April 2000
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004S305
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,322 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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.

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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


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