Director: Tony Richardson Cast: Nicol Williamson, Gordon Jackson, Anthony Hopkins


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Perhaps the reason there are so many filmed versions of Hamlet is that in each decade every great Shakespeareian actor, and almost any movie actor with a yen to prove his versatility wants to tilt at this particular thespian windmill. Aside from the much more difficult King Lear, it is also one of the few plays by the master that can serve as a star vehicle. This 1969 version of the Bard's great play features the ardent mumblings of the actor Nicol Williamson, who brought his non-Standard British to the role. Williamson's esoteric enunciations were all the rage at the time of this film's revision of Shakespearian tradition, and his vocal mannerisms were arguably more authentic than usual. Scholars tell us that the English of Londoners in Shakespeare's time sounded very much like that spoken by Highland Scots today. Despite his stage success in the role, the vastly capable actor's magnetism was insufficient to make a popular success of this particular version. All the same, it is worth viewing on its own merits, and for supporting performances by future stars Anthony Hopkins and Anjelica Huston.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/03/2012
UPC: 0043396404984
Original Release: 1969
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank: 11,793

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicol Williamson Hamlet
Gordon Jackson Horatio
Anthony Hopkins Claudius
Judy Parfitt Gertrude
Mark Dignam Polonius
Michael Pennington Laertes
Marianne Faithfull Ophelia
Ben Aris Rosencrantz
Clive Graham Guildenstern
John Carney Player King
Richard Everett Player Queen
Roger Livesey Lucianus/Gravedigger
Robin Chadwick Francisco
Ian Collier Priest
Michael Elphick Captain
Mark Griffith Messenger
Anjelica Huston Court Lady
Bill Jarvis Courtier
Roger Lloyd Pack Reynaldo
John Railton First Sailor
Jennifer Tudor Court Lady
Peter Gale Osric
John Trenaman Bernardo

Technical Credits
Tony Richardson Director,Screenwriter
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Patrick Gowers Score Composer
Neil Hartley Producer
Jocelyn Herbert Production Designer
Tony Jackson Sound/Sound Designer
Leslie Linder Executive Producer
Martin Ransohoff Executive Producer
Charles Rees Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hamlet
1. Chapter 1 [10:02]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [9:56]
4. Chapter 4 [10:19]
5. Chapter 5 [10:06]
6. Chapter 6 [10:02]
7. Chapter 7 [9:44]
8. Chapter 8 [9:52]
9. Chapter 9 [10:02]
10. Chapter 10 [10:01]
11. Chapter 11 [10:11]
12. Chapter 12 [7:12]

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