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Hamlet (1996)

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Kenneth Branagh

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About the Movie

Kenneth Branagh ("Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "The Road to El Dorado") writes, directs and stars in this four-time Oscar-nominated classic Shakespeare saga about the melancholy Dane. With an all-star cast, including Oscar-nominee Kate Winslet ("Iris," "Titanic") and Oscar-winner Julie Christie ("Dragonheart," "Dr. Zhivago"), as well as appearances by Charlton Heston, John Gielgud, Jack Lemmon, Gerard Depardieu, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and many others. Branagh received an Oscar nomination for his outstanding screenplay. The Hollywood Reporter says "Branagh has boldly invigorated William Shakespeare's most celebrated play to a towering visual dimension that captures the tumultuous tragedy as no stage or filmic version has... Multiple Oscar nominations seem in order."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 55
  • Fresh: 52
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: As star and ringmaster, Branagh gets to the heart of Hamlet and goes to admirable lengths to take his audience there, too. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Glorious as it is, this unexpurgated workout is ultimately a movie of moments. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: With his handsome and compelling Hamlet, Kenneth Branagh brings the Bard's greatest tragedy passionately alive on the screen. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A vigorous, four-hour adaptation that's 100 percent Shakespeare and 100 percent cinema. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A classic brought to the screen

This film is a great tribute to the classic masterpiece. This 4 hour picture is the entire play of Hamlet with no edits, and it is well worth your time. Kenneth brings together a team of brilliant actors to create this epic story. It is by far my favorite Shakespeare film. If you are unable to see a staged production of Hamlet, this will do you well.

Great film

This is a great adaption on a brilliant play. The film is so long because Kenneth Branagh took all of the versions of Hamlet and put them all together, thus extending the story by about thirty to sixty minutes. The film needs no editing, because that would have eliminated the purpose of compiling these many versions together. Besides, Shakespeare can't be edited. The film is what it is, and if it's too long for you then I'm sure there are some other film versions that are shorter.

Finally, the Whole Thing Done Right!

Branagh's Hamlet was easily the best film of 1996! The performances are absolutely spot on, especially Branagh, Derek Jacoby, Julie Christie and Kate Winslet, who all deserved awards! The adaptation is superb and finally COMPLETE! This film is an riveting, exciting and visceral interpretation that moves so quickly it seems much shorter than its four hour running time! As with Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing, Branagh has raised the bar for filmed Shakespeare. He is also wonderful in Othello (although he didn't direct), which I notice is also available here.

Hamlet (1996)
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1996

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