Overall Rank: 3424
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 35
Theatrical Release Date: 08/28/1948
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Laurence Olivier
Actors: Laurence Olivier, Peter Cushing, Eileen Herlie, John Laurie, Basil Sydney, Russell Thorndike
Plot: Based on the Shakespeare play of the same name about a prince who seeks to avenge his fathers death.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 05/27/2019
Transitioning works of Shakespeare to the screen doesn't always work out, but this one does just fine. The pieces of great cinema and great theater do fit together, but they don't quite make this admittedly well-directed adaptation a masterpiece to behold.
Topher - wrote on 06/14/2009
Often hailed as the best of the Hamlets, Laurence Olivier's adaptation is set in a surreal never-never land castle surrounded by mist and darkness. There's a kind of weirdness to it that more recent versions never quite attain. But, in the end, I find Olivier to be too melodramatic. With other, much better versions out there, this one can be difficult to watch.
Alex - wrote on 03/17/2007
I do not like Shakespeare. Boring and I could not understand the language - call me stupid.
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Ichabod Crane - wrote on 11/30/2009
A version of Hamlet that is not great in any way. The psychological interpretation does not work and it removes much of the better things that are in the play. It seems very small in scope and design and there are greater versions of the play put on stage. Though it still is the play and if you enjoy Shakespeare this will probably still be enjoyable but I think it certainly could have been better and its fog to be unneeded.
Oscar Win Best Actor Laurence Olivier 5/5- Olivier is the Shakespearean actor and shows his abilities here very well. It is too bad that he does not have the scenes with Rosencratz and Guilderstern. He though is great in every scene and is a great Hamlet as simple as that. He sells every bit of the old English to the best of his ability which is great/
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