Synopsis: New York, 2000. A specter in the guise of the newly-dead CEO of Denmark Corporation appears to Hamlet, tells of murder most foul, demands revenge, and identifies the killer as Claudius, the new head of Denmark, Hamlet's uncle and now step-father. Hamlet must determine if the ghost is truly his father, and if Claudius did the deed. To buy time, Hamlet feigns madness; to catch his uncle's conscience, he invites him to watch a film he's made that shows a tale of murder. Finally convinced of Claudius's guilt, Hamlet must avenge his father. Claudius now knows Hamlet is a threat and even uses Ophelia, Hamlet's love, in his own plots against the young man. Murder will out?
Director(s): Michael Almereyda
Production: Miramax Films
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

I shall in all my best

obey you, madam.

O that this too too solid flesh

would melt,

thaw and resolve itself

into a dew.

Or the Everlasting had not fixed

his canon against self slaughter.

O God, how weary, stale,

flat and unprofitable seem to me

all the uses of this worid.

'Tis an unweeded garden

that grows to seed.

Things rank and gross in nature

possess it merely.

That it should come to this.

But two months dead,

nay, not so much, not two.

So excellent a king, that was

to this, Hyperion to a satyr.

So loving to my mother that

he might not beteem the winds

visit her face too roughly.

She would hang on him as if

increase of appetite grew by

what it fed on, yet within a month,

I may not think on it.

Frailty, thy name is woman.

O little month,

or ere these shoes were old

with which she followed

my poor father's body,

like Niobe, all tears.

Why she, even she, O, God.

A beast that wants discourse of

reason would have mourned longer.

Married with my uncle,

my father's brother,

but no more like my father

than I to Hercules.

Within a month.

Ere yet the salt of most

unrighteous tears had left

the flushing in her galled eyes,

she married.

O most wicked speed,

to post with such dexterity

to incestuous sheets.

It is not,

nor it cannot come to good,

but break my heart

for I must hold my tongue.

What make you from Wittenberg?


My good lord.

I am very glad to see you.

Good even, sir.

But what, in faith,

make you from Wittenberg?

A truant disposition,

good my lord.

What is your affair in Elsinore?

I came to see

your father's funeral.

I prithee, do not mock me,

it was to see my mother's wedding.

Indeed, it followed hard upon.

Thrift, Horatio.

The funeral baked meats did

coldly furnish the marriage tables.

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