Hamlet

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Released 2001

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Director:
Michael Almereyda
Released:
2001
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Hamlet features hot Hollywood star Ethan Hawke (Training Day), Julia Stiles (10 Things I Hate About You) and Bill Murray (Lost In Translation) in a hip, thoroughly contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's epic story of passion, betrayal and revenge! The president of the Denmark Corporation is dead...and already his wife is remarried to the man suspected of his murder! Nobody is more troubled by this than her son, Hamlet (Hawke). Now, after this hostile takeover, trust is impossible, passion is on the rise and vengeance is in the air! Also featuring Kyle MacLachlan (One Night Stand), Liev Schreiber (Scream 3), Diane Venora (The Insider) and Sam Shepard (The Pelican Brief) in an outstanding ensemble - the power of Shakespeare's timeless words is matched by the stunningly modern look and feel of this widely acclaimed, highly entertaining big-screen event!

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    New York becomes a complex character in this vital and sharply intelligent film.

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Almereyda imagines Hamlet taking place in present-day Manhattan with such vigor, insight and originality that the power and immediacy of his film makes Shakespeare accessible in an...

  • 60

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    This slacker prince (Hawke) comprises a sinkhole at the center of adaptor-helmer Michael Almereyda's otherwise compelling contempo update.

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