Hamlet (1948)

Release Date: 14 April 2003 | Certificate: Universal, suitable for all
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Sir Laurence Olivier's version of Shakespeare's immortal story of murder, intrigue, madness and despair. In 15th-century Denmark, young Prince Hamlet is racked by torment and indecision after seeing a vision of his deceased father, who is demanding that he be avenged. Before Kenneth Branagh, before Mel Gibson, Laurence Olivier gave the definitive portrayal of 'the man who could not make up his mind'. In 15th-century Denmark, young Prince Hamlet is racked by torment and indecision after seeing a vision of his deceased father. The late king's ghost informs his son Hamlet that Claudius, Hamlet's uncle, was responsible for murdering the king. When the murderer married Hamlet's mother--the king's widow--scarcely two months after his funeral, he also took the throne that was his brother's. The ghost beseeches Hamlet to avenge him--yet Hamlet procrastinates, unsure of how best to accomplish his task. In what was only his second directorial effort, Olivier uses his misty, moody set and long tracking camera shots to complement his indecisive prince tortured by the murder of his father. Olivier's version of the Shakespeare tragedy eliminates the characters of Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Fortinbras.

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Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
Running Time: 155 minutes
Production Year: 1948
Main Language: English
Release Date: 14 April 2003
Certificate: U - Universal - Suitable for all
Catalogue No: 3711504973