- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Black & White / Color
- Released: April 17, 2001
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Miramax Lionsgate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times -
"...Voluptuous and rewarding...[a] vital and sharply intelligent film..."
Rolling Stone - 06/08/2000
"...A visual knockout....Thou wilt be dazzled..."
Film Comment - 03/01/2000
"...Ingeniously and divertingly updating Shakespeare to corporate New York....HAMLET benefits from playfully iconographic casting..."
Entertainment Weekly - 06/16/2000
"...Jangling and incisive..." -- Rating: A
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2001
"...An insistently tricky piece of conceptual art....The impromptu tone is often charming..."
Box Office - 04/01/2000
"...Almereyda has infused HAMLET with such a contemporary sensibility that today's audiences can't help but relate..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Los Angeles Times - 05/12/2000
"...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 exciting and provocative manner..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/19/2000
"...Bill Murray is a good choice as Polonius....It demonstrates how Shakespeare, who in a way invented modern English, has so dominated it ever since that his meanings are always broadly clear to us, even despite unfamiliar usages..."
Wall Street Journal - 03/05/2010
"Sure, the movie's a stunt, but one that succeeds much more often than it stumbles."
Wall Street Journal - 06/06/2013
"Sure, the movie's a stunt, but one that succeeds more often than it stumbles."
Ethan Hawke stars in this modern update of Shakespeare's classic play. He portrays a young filmmaker in New York City who struggles to gain power of his deceased father's company, even as the new boss (Kyle MacLachlan) manages to take total control of the proceedings. Michael Almereyda's (NADJA) film is another stylized adaptation of the Bard's words, featuring standout performances by the entire cast. For other modern Shakespeare adaptations, see Baz Luhrmann's ROMEO AND JULIET and Julie Taymor's TITUS.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Hot Hollywood star Ethan Hawke (GATTACA) is joined by Julia Stiles (10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU) and Bill Murray (RUSHMORE) 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 than her son, Hamlet (Hawke). Now, after this hostile takeover, trust is impossible, passion is on the rise, and revenge 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!
New York City |
- Theatrical release: May 12, 2000 (NY/LA).
- Godfrey Cheshire of the New York Press and Elvis Mitchell of the New York Times each named HAMLET the best film of 2000.