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  Hamlet   Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
8.44 /10
Laurence Olivier , Eileen Herlie , Basil Sydney
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Directed by: Laurence Olivier
Written by: Alan Dent from William Shakespeare's play

Released: 1948
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: GB
Length: 155


Gloomy Dane (Laurence Olivier) believes his father was killed by his stepfather.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A severely pruned version of Shakespeare's tragedy: Olivier excises Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and interperts the play as being "the tragedy of a man who couldn't make up his mind". Olivier's directorial attempts to make the film more cinematic are more distracting than effective, and his performance hasn't stood the test of time - he seems bent at times on putting the "ham" back into Hamlet. A far more moving performance comes from Jean Simmons as Ophelia. The art direction and costume design won Oscars; William Walton's score was also nominated.

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