Hamlet (1990a)

UK, USA, France, Spain, 1990
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Dolby, English

A British/American/French/Spanish fantasy film directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

Plot Summary

When he hears that his father the king has died, Hamlet returns home to Denmark. He finds that mother Gertrude has married his uncle Claudius who is now the new king and they are planning that Hamlet should be married to Ophelia. But the ghost of Hamlet’s father appears to tell Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius and Gertrude…


Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Carolco Pictures, Icon Entertainment International, Le Studio Canal+, Marquis, Nelson Entertainment, Sovereign Pictures, Warner Bros, World Icon BV
Producer: Dyson Lovell
Script: Christopher De Vore, Franco Zeffirelli
Play: William Shakespeare
Director of Photography: David Watkin
Editor: Richard Marden
Music: Ennio Morricone
Sound Mixer: David Stephenson
Costume Designer: Maurizio Millenotti
Supervising Make-up: Franco Corridoni
Supervising Hair: Maria Teresa Corridoni
Special Effects Supervisor: Ian Wingrove
Production Designer: Dante Ferretti

Mel Gibson (Hamlet)
Glenn Close (Gertrude)
Alan Bates (Claudius)
Paul Scofield (the ghost)
Ian Holm (Polonius)
Helena Bonham Carter (Ophelia)
Stephen Dillane (Horatio)
Nathaniel Parker (Laertes)
Sean Murray (Guildenstern)
Michael Maloney (Rosencrantz)
Trevor Peacock (the gravedigger)
John McEnery (Osric)
Richard Warwick (Bernardo)
Christien Anholt (Marcellus)
Dave Duffy (Francisco)
Vernon Dobtcheff (Reynaldo)
Pete Postlethwaite (player king)
Christopher Fairbank (player queen)
Sarah Phillips, Ned Mendez, Roy York, Marjorie Bell, Justin Case, Pamela Sinclair, Baby Simon Sinclair, Roy Evans (the players)
Roger Low (Lucianus Gonzaga)

Alternative Titles

Amleto – Italy



  • Première January 1992 p.12 – review (by Monique Neubourg)
  • Studio January 1992 p.13 – review (by Denis Parent)


  • BFI Screen Guides: 100 Shakespeare Films by Daniel Rosenthal pp. 41-42
  • The Films of the Nineties: A Complete, Qualitative Filmography of Over 3000 Feature-Length English Language Films, Theatrical and Video-Only, Released Between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 1999 by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn L. Nowlan p.236
  • Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films by James Robert Parish pp.155-158 – credits, synopsis, review