Hamlet

Drama | English | 155 minutes

Info

There is a celebration in the Danish castle’s Great Hall  of the marriage of Gertrude and King Claudius. Hamlet, son of Gertrude and the recently departed king, is fuming that his mother chose to marry so soon after the death of her husband. Hamlet’s friend Horatio tells Hamlet of a ghost that has been appearing on the battlements of Elsinore. Curious, Hamlet visits the battlement. Hamlet identifies the ghost as his departed father. The ghost tells Hamlet his brother Claudius murdered him so he would  become king. Hamlet is extremely agitated with the revelation and  seeks verification. Ultimately, Hamlet is certain that Claudius murdered his father and he agitates about taking revenge. Tragically, this will lead to many fatal consequences.    

Cast
Laurence Olivier (Hamlet) / Basil Sydney (Claudius, the King) / Eileen Herlie (Gertrude, the Queen) / Norman Wooland (Horatio) / Jean Simmons (Ophelia) / Felix Aylmer (Polonius) / Terence Morgan (Laertes)
Why Stream This Film?
It’s a tribute to the brilliance of this film that the glitzy Oscars would select it as the Best Film of the year and Laurence Olivier as the Best Actor. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 95%
  • Metacritic Score: 82
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Laurence Olivier); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jean Simmons)
  • BAFTA Awards: Winner, Best Film
  • Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best  Film; Best Actor (Laurence Olivier)
  • National Board of Review: Listed, Top Ten Best Films of the Year
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Actor (Laurence Olivier)
  • Venice International Film Festival: Winner, Best Actor (Laurence Olivier); Best Actress (Jean Simmons); Best Cinematography (Desmond Dickinson)
Star-producer-director Laurence Olivier was the driving force behind the whole venture. His confidence and energy infected those around him and resulted in the teamwork which has produced one of the most memorable films to come from a British studio.
VARIETY staff

VARIETY

The filmed HAMLET of Laurence Olivier gives absolute proof that these classics are magnificently suited to the screen. This fine British-made picture is probably as vivid and as clear an exposition of the doleful Dane’s dilemma as modern-day playgoers have seen.
Bosley Crowther

The New York Times

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