DirectorTony Richardson Music directorPatrick Gowers Duration CountryUK
WriterWilliam Shakespeare, Tony Richardson Release dateSeptember 1969 (UK) CastAnthony Hopkins (Claudius), Nicol Williamson (Hamlet / King Hamlet), Judy Parfitt (Gertrude), Marianne Faithfull (Ophelia), Mark Dignam (Polonius), Gordon Jackson (Horatio) Similar moviesAn Age of Kings, The Wars of the Roses, The First Part of Henry the Sixt, The Hollow Crown: Henry IV - Part 1, The Hollow Crown: Henry V, The Hollow Crown: Richard II
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Hamlet is a 1969 British film adaptation of Shakespeare's play Hamlet, starring Nicol Williamson as Prince Hamlet. It was directed by Tony Richardson and based on his own stage production at the Roundhouse theater in London. The film also stars Anthony Hopkins as King Claudius, Judy Parfitt as Queen Gertrude, Marianne Faithfull as Ophelia, Mark Dignam as Polonius, Gordon Jackson as Horatio, and Michael Pennington as Laertes.
The film, a departure from big-budget Hollywood renditions of classics, was made with a small budget and a very minimalist set, consisting of Renaissance fixtures and costumes in a dark, shadowed space. A brick tunnel is used for the scenes on the battlements. The Ghost of Hamlet's father is represented only by a light shining on the observers. The film places much emphasis on the sexual aspects of the play, to the point of strongly implying an incestuous relationship between Laertes and Ophelia.
Hamlet was released to DVD by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on 3 July 2012 via the Choice Collection DVD-on-demand setup from Amazon.