Kenneth Branagh
 Cast: Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
, Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
, Brian Blessed
Brian Blessed
, Julie Christie
Julie Christie

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At least the 22nd time William Shakespeare's most famous tragedy has been brought to the screen, Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of Hamlet was the first to preserve Shakespeare's entire text, uncut and unabridged. Moving the action into the 19th century, Branagh cast himself in the title role and, as in his adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, assembled an eclectic group of actors that mixed veteran Shakespearean performers (including John Mills, Judi Dench, John Gielgud, and Derek Jacobi) with Hollywood stars not known for interpreting the Bard's work (among them Robin Williams, Charlton Heston, Billy Crystal, and Jack Lemmon). However, unlike most interpretations, it's the women who really carry the show, with the two best performances delivered by Kate Winslet as Ophelia and Julie Christie as Gertrude. As usual, Hamlet finds himself torn over what to do after the death of his father and his mother's hasty remarriage. Branagh's version of Hamlet was also notable on a technical level, as it was filmed in the 70-mm format for increased visual clarity and detail.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/18/2000
UPC: 0053939252132
Original Release: 1996
Rating: PG-13
Source: Turner Home Ent

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Attenborough English Ambassador
Kenneth Branagh Hamlet
Brian Blessed The Ghost
Julie Christie Gertrude
Derek Jacobi Claudius
Kate Winslet Ophelia
Richard Briers Polonius
Billy Crystal First Gravedigger
Judi Dench Hecuba
Gérard Depardieu Reynaldo
Reece Dinsdale Guildenstern
Nicholas Farrell Horatio
John Gielgud Priam
Rosemary Harris Player Queen
Charlton Heston Player King
Jack Lemmon Marcellus
John Mills Old Norway
Simon Russell Beale Second Gravedigger
Rufus Sewell Fortinbras
Timothy Spall Rosencrantz
Robin Williams Osric
Ken Dodd Yorich
Ray Fearon Francisco
Michael Maloney Laertes
Ian McElhinney Barnardo
Ravil Isyanov Cornelius
Don Warrington Valtemand
Michael Bryant Priest
Andrew Schofield Young Lord
David Yip Sailor One
Jimmy Yuill Alexander
Angela Douglas Attendant to Gertrude
Sarah Lam Attendant to Gertrude
Rowena King Attendant to Gertrude/Messenger
David Blair Attendant to Claudius/Servant

Technical Credits
Kenneth Branagh Director,Screenwriter
David Barron Producer
Alexandra Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
Desmond Crowe Art Director
Patrick Doyle Score Composer,Songwriter
Neil Farrell Editor
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Harvey Production Designer
Simone Ireland Casting
Simon Moseley Asst. Director
Vanessa Pereira Casting
Alex Thomson Cinematographer

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