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Hamlet

Synopsis
Feature film. A contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s play set in New York City circa 2000. Tells the story of Hamlet, a young filmmaker, whose uncle Claudius takes control of the family business when he marries Hamlet’s widowed mother. Hamlet learns that his father was murdered by Claudius and soon he has revenge in mind.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2000
Duration
111 mins; 10.030 feet

Credits

Director
Michael Almereyda
Producer
Amy Hobby; Andrew Fierberg
Cinematographer
John de Boorman
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
Michael Almereyda
Music
Carter Burwell
Cast
Ethan HawkeHamlet
Kyle MacLachlanClaudius
Julia StilesOphelia
Casey AffleckFortinbras
Dechen ThurmanGuildenstern
Jeffrey WrightGravedigger (1)
Karl GearyHoratio
Liev SchreiberLaertes
Paul BartelOsric
Sam ShepardGhost
Steve ZahnRosencrantz

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Historical period
Contemporary
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Estimated budget $2,000,000.
Figures
Worldwide $2,046,433 (Box Office Mojo, 2005)
Reviews
Reviewed by Peter Matthews, Sight and Sound
(vol. 11, no. 1, January 2001. p. 50) `...Yet in some ineffable way, the film falls victim to the malaise it diagnoses, for the imagery hurtles by pell-mell without making a strong dent on the memory. Shooting cheap and fast Almereyda has assembled a rough patchwork that suggests a home movie version of the play...'.

The DVD also includes the theatrical trailer.

Distributor

Name

Film Four Distributors

Phone
020 7868 7700
Fax
020 7868 7767
Address
76-78 Charlotte Street
London
W1P 1LX

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Cinema Club

Phone
020 7612 3129
Fax
020 7612 3132
Address
2 Entertain Video
33 Foley Street
London
W1W 7TL
Name

Retail outlets

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