Hamlet (1990) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
6.7/ 10 (12860 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Canal+ [fr]
Carolco Pictures [us] - (in association with)
Icon Entertainment International [us]
Nelson Entertainment [us] - (in association with)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(Canada) - 19 December 1990
(USA) - 19 December 1990
(USA) - 19 December 1990
(USA) - 18 January 1991
(Australia) - 22 February 1991

Running Time

The extraordinary adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tale of vengeance and tragedy.

adultery, anger, assassination-plot, barefoot, based-on-book, based-on-novel, based-on-play, brother-sister-relationship, burial, castle, cemetery, character-name-in-title, classic-literature, death-of-brother, death-of-father, death-of-hero, death-of-mother, death-of-protagonist, death-of-sister, death-of-son, denmark, desire, duel, dysfunctional-family, face-slap,

Technical Support
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Anholt, Christien as [Marcellus] <14>
  2. Bates, Alan (I) as [Claudius] <3>
  3. Case, Justin (I) as [The Players] <23>
  4. Dillane, Stephen as [Horatio] <7>
  5. Dobtcheff, Vernon as [Reynaldo] <16>
  6. Duffy, Dave as [Francisco] <15>
  7. Evans, Roy (I) as [The Players] <27>
  8. Fairbank, Christopher as [Player Queen] <18>
  9. Gibson, Mel (I) as [Hamlet] <1>
  10. Holland, Barrie as (uncredited) [Palace Nobleman]
  11. Holm, Ian as [Polonius] <5>
  12. Low, Roger (I) as [Lucianus (in "The Murder of Gonzago")] <24>
  13. Maloney, Michael (I) as [Rosencrantz] <10>
  14. McEnery, John as [Osric] <12>
  15. Mendez, Ned as [The Players] <20>
  16. Murray, Sean (V) as [Guildenstern] <9>
  17. Parker, Nathaniel as [Laertes] <8>
  18. Peacock, Trevor as [The Gravedigger] <11>
  19. Postlethwaite, Pete as [Player King] <17>
  20. Riddell, Graham as (uncredited) [Bodyguard]
  21. Scofield, Paul (I) as [The Ghost] <4>
  22. Warwick, Richard (I) as [Bernardo] <13>
  23. York, Roy as [The Players] <21>
  24. Bell, Marjorie as [The Players] <22>
  25. Bonham Carter, Helena as [Ophelia] <6>
  26. Close, Glenn as [Gertrude] <2>
  27. Phillips, Sarah (I) as [The Players] <19>
  28. Sinclair, Baby Simon as [The Players] <26>
  29. Sinclair, Pamela as [The Players] <25>


  1. Drama
  2. Romance

Full Plot

Hamlet returns to Denmark when his father, the King, dies. His mother Gertrude has already married Hamlet's uncle Claudius, the new King. They urge Hamlet to marry his beloved Ophelia. But soon the ghost of Hamlet's father appears and tells Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius and Gertrude. Hamlet must choose between passive acquiescence and the need for a vengeance which might lead to tragedy. Reid Gagle Hamlet's father, the King of Denmark was murdered by Hamlet's uncle, Claudius. Gertrude (Hamlet's mother) married Claudius shortly after her husband, the kings death. The ghost of Hamlet's father comes back and tells Hamlet to kill his uncle for murdering him and to leave his mother alone because she is innocent. Hamlet is dating Ophelia until her father, Polonius persuades her to end their relationship. aeopsa Plot not found

Total Business

CP: World-Icon N.V. GR: USD 20,710,451 (USA) SD: 23 April 1990 - 14 June 1990

Movie Certificate

PG (Australia)
PG (UK)(video rating)
U (UK)(original rating)
L (Iceland)
14A (Canada)(Ontario)
PT (Peru)
M/12 (Portugal)
M (Australia)(blu-ray)
Atp (Argentina)
TE (Chile)
11 (Sweden)
12 (Germany)
PG (Singapore)
K-11 (Finland)

Music Composers

  1. Morricone, Ennio


  1. Watkin, David (I)

Dress Designers

  1. Millenotti, Maurizio


AFMD [fr] - (1992) (France) (theatrical)
Aquarius TV [gr] - (2008) (Greece) (TV)
Cecchi Gori Home Video [it] - (2006) (Italy) (DVD)
Kinowelt Home Entertainment [de] - (2006) (Germany) (DVD)
LK-TEL Vídeo [br] - (Brazil) (video)
LK-TEL [ar] - (1991) (Argentina) (VHS)
Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (1990) (USA) (theatrical)
Warner Home Video [us] - (1991) (USA) (VHS)

Film Editors

  1. Marden, Richard


  1. Allen, Angela (I) (script supervisor)
  2. Bacchielli, Luciano (assistant: Mr. Zeffirelli)
  3. Bennett, Jill (III) (production accountant)
  4. Binder, Maurice (title designer)
  5. Boni, Lucia (hand woven fabrics by)
  6. Daubeny, Nick (location manager) (as Nicholas Daubeny)
  7. Depaolo, Terri (assistant to unit publicist)
  8. Depaolo, Terri (assistant: Mel Gibson)
  9. Gee, Susan (production financing)
  10. Hobbs, William (duel arranger)
  11. Hoffman, Julie (I) (assistant: Mr. Zeffirelli)
  12. Hume, Pauline (graphic artist: titles)
  13. Noakes, Lyndy (assistant accountant)
  14. Odell, Alison (assistant to producer)
  15. Rouse, Kay (assistant: Ms. Close)
  16. Somner, Adam (assistant location manager)
  17. St. John, Clare (production coordinator)
  18. Street, Roy (horse master)
  19. Sutton, Alan (I) (fire safety)
  20. Tucker, Paul (II) (production controller)
  21. Valentine, Sara-Jane (production assistant)
  22. Winston, Beverly (assistant script supervisor)


Hamlet: To be, or not to be, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing, end them. Hamlet: The play's the thing, wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king. Hamlet: [to Ophelia] Get thee to a nunnery! Hamlet: Frailty, thy name is woman. Hamlet: O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain! Hamlet: Alas, poor Yorrick, I knew him. [last lines] Hamlet: The rest is silence. Horatio: Good night, sweet prince. And flights of angles sing thee to thy rest. [first lines] Claudius: Hamlet! Think of us as of a father. For let the world take note: you are the most immediate to our throne. And with no less nobility of love than that which dearest father bears his son do I impart toward you. Polonius: This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. Hamlet: There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Hamlet: Sir, to be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand. Hamlet: Thus conscience does make cowards of us all. [furiously using his sword to "write" the following line in the stone battlements of the castle] Hamlet: I set it down, that one may smile, and smile, and be a villain! Polonius: What do you read, my lord? Hamlet: [looks down at his book] Words... [looks at the cover of the book] words... [looks up at Polonius] Words.

Other Titles

  1. Amleto (1990) (ENG)

  2. Amleto (1990) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK
  2. Blackness Castle, Blackness, Falkirk, West Lothian, Scotland, UK
  3. Blackness, Falkirk, West Lothian, Scotland, UK
  4. Dover Castle, Dover, Kent, England, UK
  5. Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK
  6. England, UK
  7. Falkirk, West Lothian, Scotland, UK
  8. Italy
  9. Rochester Castle, Rochester, Kent, England, UK
  10. Rochester, Kent, England, UK
  11. Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK - (studio)
  12. Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK
  13. Thionville, Moselle, France
  14. West Lothian, Scotland, UK


- Director 'Franco Zeffirelli' (qv) reportedly wanted 'Mel Gibson (I)' (qv) for the titular role after seeing his near-suicide scene in _Lethal Weapon (1987)_ (qv)

- 'Mel Gibson (I)' (qv)'s only previous Shakespearan experience was playing Juliet in an all male production of "Romeo and Juliet" in Australia. By contrast, 'Alan Bates (I)' (qv) (who played Claudius) had played Hamlet in London in 1970 and 'Paul Scofield (I)' (qv) (who played the Ghost) had played the part in 1948 and 1955 and is considered one of the greatest twentieth century interpreters of the role.

- This was the first Shakespearean role that 'Glenn Close' (qv) had ever attempted on either stage or screen.

- 'Glenn Close' (qv) who plays Gertrude, Hamlet mother is only nine years older than her on-screen son.

- 'Alan Bates (I)' (qv), who plays Claudius, previously played Hamlet on stage. 'Derek Jacobi' (qv), who played Claudius six years later in 'Kenneth Branagh' (qv)'s _Hamlet (1996)_ (qv), also previously played Hamlet.

- The only known example of a UK U-certificate film to feature the C-word. 'Mel Gibson (I)' (qv) as mad-Hamlet talks of "country matters" to Ophelia. He is not referring to farms.