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

Would I have met my dearest foe

in Heaven

or ever I had seen that day.

My father.

Methinks I see my father.

Where, my lord?

In my mind's eye.

I saw him once.

He was a goodly king.

He was a man, take him for all,

I shall not see his like again.

I think I saw him,


Saw? Who?

My lord, the King, your father.

The King, my father?

Season your admiration for a while

with an attent ear

while I deliver upon witness of

this gentleman this marvel to you.

In the dead waste of the middle of

the night, the apparition comes.

Where was this?

Upon the platform where we watched.

'Tis here.

Did you not speak to it?

I did, but answer made it none.

Yet once, methought,

it lifted up its head,

like as if it would speak.

Stay, illusin.

If thou hast any sound or use

of voice, speak to me.

It is offended.

If there be good to be done

that may to thee do ease,

and grace to me, speak to me.

Speak! Speak!

I charge thee, speak.

'Tis very strange.

As I do live, my lord,

'tis true.

And we did think of it our duty

to let you know of it.

Indeed, indeed,

but this troubles me.

Hold you the watch again tonight?

I do, my lord.

What looked he, frowningly?

A countenance more in sorrow

than in anger.

And fixed his eyes upon you?

Most constantly.

How would I have been there.

I would have much amazed you.

I will watch tonight.

I will speak to it

though hell itself should

gape and bid me hold my peace.

And I pray you all,

if you have hitherto concealed

this sight, let it be

tenable in your silence still.

And what shall hap tonight,

give it understanding but no tongue.

I will require your loves.

So fare you well.

Upon on the platform,

twixt 11 and 12, I'll visit you.

Our duty to your honour.

Your loves as mine to you.


Would the night were come.

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