Hamlet (1948)

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William Shakespeare's tale of tragedy of murder and revenge in the royal halls of medieval Denmark. Claudius, brother to the King, conniving with the Queen, poisons the monarch and seizes the throne, taking the widowed Gertrude for his bride. Hamlet, son of the murdered King, mournful of his father's death and mother's hasty marriage, is confronted by the ghost of the late King who reveals the manner of his murder. Seeking revenge, Hamlet recreates the monstrous deed in a play with the help of some traveling actors to torment the conscience of the evil Claudius. In a visit with his mother, Hamlet expresses his anger and disappointment concerning her swiftly untimed marriage. Thinking a concealed spy in his mother's chamber to be the lurking Claudius, he mistakenly kills the meddling counselor, Polonius, father of Ophelia and Laertes. Claudius, on the pretext that Hamlet will be endangered by his subjects for the murder of Polonius, sends the prince to England.
Peter Cushing as Osric
Anthony Quayle as Marcellus
Laurence Olivier as Hamlet - Prince of Denmark
Stanley Holloway as Gravedigger
Felix Aylmer as Polonius - Lord Chamberlain
John Laurie as Francisco
Niall MacGinnis as Sea Captain
Esmond Knight as Bernardo
Basil Sydney as Claudius - The King
Harcourt Williams as First Player
Patrick Troughton as Player King
Tony Tarver as Player Queen
Norman Wooland as Horatio - His Friend
Russell Thorndike as Priest
Eileen Herlie as Gertrude - The Queen
Full cast

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To be honest I first walked into the theater and expected the theater not only to be empty (which it was), but the movie to be as bad, if not worse, than disaster movie. However, I was extremely surprised how much I laughed during that movie. I thought some of the acting was a little overdramatic at times and they threw a lot of junk into the movie that shouldnt have been there, yet I didnt go 5 minutes through the movie without laughing. For a movie with very little hype yet turned out to be a decent movie I will give it a thumbs up. Definitly a must go =)


I laughed my head off at this ridiculous comedy. Although the lead was very funny, it was the supporting cast that really had me laughing. Amy Poehler was hysterical, as always. Elisabeth Shue's performance as "herself" reminded me of Neil Patrick Harris's comeback role in Harold and Kumar. I hope to see her do more comedy in the future. I really liked Skylar Astin and Pheobe Strole as the two drama nerds. Who doesn't recognize these two characters? Either you were them in high school, or you picked on them for being so ridiculously melodramatic. For me, Skylar was the standout performer in the film, and he should have been onscreen more. The story itself is fun and insane. If you haven't seen the online video for the song Rock Me Sexy Jesus, you should check it out. This is a pretty short movie, and I wish they hadn't cut out quite so much. You can tell in a couple places that something was removed and it doesn't flow as well as it should. Still, what is there is very funny.


This movie was so incredibly wrong in so many ways, it was perfect!! When I saw some of the fans writing about this, I had to join and write. This is the first movie that has compelled me to write a review! 1- It was horribly blasphemous! 2- Tasteless in every sense of the word! 3- Gratuitous nudity and not the pretty kind! 4- Vulgar language! 5- Ethnic insults left and right! 6- Causes aching sides of stomach from laughing so hard and outloud!!! 7- Elizabeth Shoe! I went alone (killing sometime in the afternoon) to go see this movie. Now mind you its kinda difficult to laugh out loud in a half crowded theater by yourself but there was no use. I was tearing up trying to hold laughter in half the time. When I was walking home, I was laughing to myself to the bewilderment of those walking by. I must've seemed a freak! It was hysterical. A serious sleeper movie. I can only pray (irony intended) that church go-ers protest this to get it more attention!


Hamlet 2 was a lot of fun, but not marketed truthfully. One would think it would be paced more like "The Producers" was, but it wasn't. Instead it heavily follows the main character into his descent into misery, only to be pulled back up at the last moment by the play itself. The actual scenes from the play (which are highly advertised in the commercials) do not appear until literally the fifth act. When you see the movie, you'll understand what I mean by that. If one goes to see it knowing that it will be a character portrayal and not a movie about the making and zaniness of the play, you'll enjoy it. If you go in unprepared, you'll take it a little bit to adjust your brain properly.


I really enjoyed the movie. It was very funny with actual smart humor. It was refreshing to see a movie that wasn't like every other movie out there with dumb down jokes. The movie really has a lot of thought provoking intelligent messages which will go over a lot of the general public's heads. In reading the comments, I saw a lot of people were offended by the Jesus' jokes. Obviously, if you are close minded and/or religious this is not the movie for you. On the other hand, if you realize that the world wasn't created nor saved by one particular great public speaker, then this movie won't offend you one bit. If you are willing to not take things personally and want to have a laugh, go see it :)

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