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Hamlet (1990) (DVD)
Franco Zeffirelli's stripped-down, two-hour version of Shakespeare's play stars Mel Gibson as a rather robust version of the ambivalent Danish prince. Gibson is much better in the part than many critics have admitted, his powers of clarity doing much to make this particular Hamlet more accessible than several other filmed versions. The supporting cast is outstanding, including Glenn Close as Gertrude, Alan Bates as Claudius, Ian Holm as Polonius, and Helena Bonham Carter as Ophelia. Zeffirelli's vigorous direction employs a lively camera style that nicely alters the viewer's preconceptions about the way Hamlet should look. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to the VHS Tape edition.
This film is a strong Drama written by William Shakespeare. It has a lot of character development. Through the story the Audience gets a look into the Psychology of the various... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Roller
After teaching Hamlet to college students who had considerable difficulty understanding and appreciating Shakespeare's language, I showed this version of the play when it first... Read morePublished on March 1 2013 by Phoebe
Even though this version portrays Hamlet as being in love with his mother, I still love it. I could do without the mother-son make out session, though.Published on Dec 26 2012 by Bobbi
I am a great fan of Shakespeare - his Plays & Sonnets.
This is a great DVD with Mel Gibson & Glenn Close. Read more
I will be brief; though whether witty, too, as this production is ... why, I know not.
For 'tis not a trifle thing to take a play like Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and cut... Read more
While this version of Hamlet tends to skimp on the actual text, Mel Gibson puts on a great show here. Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by "ajlingo"
Mel Gibson just SHINES as the ambivalent (but Oedipal) prince Hamlet in this adaptation as does Glenn (I boil baby rabbits) Close cast as his mother Gertrude, Helena (Fight Club)... Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by Sheila Chilcote-Collins