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      Hamlet

      Released Sep 28, 1948 2h 33m Drama List
      96% Tomatometer 49 Reviews 80% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet" continues to be the most compelling version of Shakespeare's beloved tragedy. Olivier is at his most inspired - both as director and as the melancholy Dane himself - as he breathes new life into the words of one of the world's greatest dramatists. Read More Read Less

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      A well-executed labor of love from star and director Laurence Olivier, Hamlet not only proved that Shakespeare could be successfully adapted to the big screen, it paved the way for further cinematic interpretations.

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      Marjory Adams Boston Globe Mr. Olivier may be looked upon, after this picture, as the most distinguished actor and director in the cinematic world. He has performed a service to art that cannot be measured. He has given us a mark to aim at for the next generation. Aug 17, 2022 Full Review Richard L. Coe Washington Post Here is Hamlet, the ghost story, the revenge plot, the action-filled melodrama, the character study, the fount of great language, the well-spring of thought... Here, in short, is one of the great movies of our day. Aug 17, 2022 Full Review Pauline Kael New Yorker Whatever the omissions, the mutilations, the mistakes, this is very likely the most exciting and most alive production of Hamlet you will ever see on the screen. Jul 28, 2022 Full Review Mark Johnson Awards Daily The film lacks any kind of ingenuity or identity beyond the merits of Olivier’s accomplishments. However, many still consider this to be the categorical Hamlet. Jun 27, 2023 Full Review Carson Timar ButteredPopcorn When it comes to captivating filmmaking and epic scale even with limited sets, 1948's Hamlet is an honest masterpiece. Rated: A Aug 28, 2022 Full Review Edwin F. Melvin Christian Science Monitor Though questioning eyebrows may be raised over some of the measures adopted. even those who may be inclined to take exceptions will find that the film holds their close attention. Aug 18, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Andy F More than a film this is a work of art. From its spectacular sets through to a perfect casting, this masterpiece is enthralling. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Iconic. leaves you sitting in the melancholy of it all. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member So errr yeah, I haven't got a scoot what any of them were saying at any point in this film. If you ever meet a time traveller from 16th century England, stick this on to keep them entertained, they'll prob find it incredible. If you happen to have been born in the past hundred and twenty years or so you'll probably be equally bemused by this. I feel asleep for a good half hour and don't think I missed anything. In the end everyone dies and it's a crying shame they didn't get a hurry on and die within the first five minutes. Worst Oscar best picture winner ever and I've seen Out of Africa before you ask... so that really is saying something. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member I give this Shakespeare movie a better rating than most because at least with this one I could follow along somewhat easily and its well done overall. Also, I thought the acting was really good. However, it's still Shakespeare and still overdramatic, verbose, and boring. This film also feels way too long at 2 1/2 hours. If u've seen one Shakespeare, I feel like u've seen them all. All his tragedies end with everyone dying and his comedies are kinda just dull. Just because a film does a play of Shakespeare well, best picture it doesn't make. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review david c Olivier is amazing and the music is excellent. Not sure why Jean Simmons was nominated for an Oscar though. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review ashley h Hamlet is an excellent film. It is about Prince Hamlet who struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king. Laurence Olivier and Jean Simmons give incredible performances. The screenplay is well written. Laurence Olivier also did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. Hamlet is a must see. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet" continues to be the most compelling version of Shakespeare's beloved tragedy. Olivier is at his most inspired - both as director and as the melancholy Dane himself - as he breathes new life into the words of one of the world's greatest dramatists.
      Director
      Laurence Olivier
      Screenwriter
      Laurence Olivier, William Shakespeare
      Distributor
      Universal Pictures, Criterion Collection
      Production Co
      Two Cities Films Ltd., Rank Organization, Pilgrim Pictures, J. Arthur Rank Films [gb]
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 28, 1948, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 23, 2017
      Runtime
      2h 33m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.37:1)
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