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Hamlet (1996) is an American film adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh (as Hamlet). Other actors of note include: Kate Winslet, Robin Williams, Gérard Depardieu, Jack Lemmon, Billy Crystal, Charlton Heston, and Judi Dench among others.


  • Kenneth Branagh -as- Prince Hamlet
  • Derek Jacobi -as- King Claudius
  • Julie Christie -as- Gertrude
  • Richard Briers -as- Polonius
  • Kate Winslet -as- Ophelia
  • Nicholas Farrell -as- Horatio
  • Michael Maloney -as- Laertes
  • Rufus Sewell -as- Fortinbras
  • Robin Williams -as- Osric
  • Gérard Depardieu -as- Reynaldo
  • Timothy Spall -as- Rosencrantz
  • Reece Dinsdale -as- Guildenstern
  • Jack Lemmon -as- Marcellus
  • Ian McElhinney -a- Barnardo
  • Ray Fearon -as- Francisco
  • Brian Blessed -as- the Ghost of Hamlet's Father
  • Billy Crystal -as- the First Gravedigger
  • Simon Russell Beale -as- the Second Gravedigger
  • Don Warrington -as- Voltimand
  • Ravil Isyanov -as- Cornelius
  • Charlton Heston -as- the Player King
  • Rosemary Harris -as the Player Queen
  • Richard Attenborough -as- the English Ambassador
  • John Gielgud -as- Priam
  • Judi Dench -as- Hecuba
  • John Mills -as- Old King Norway
  • Ken Dodd -as- Yorick


  • Director: Kenneth Branagh
  • Producer: David Barron
  • Writers: William Shakespeare (play); Kenneth Branagh (screenplay)
  • Music: Patrick Doyle
  • Cinematography: Alex Thomson
  • Editing: Neil Farrell


  • The film is notable as the first unabridged theatrical film version of the play, running just over four hours.
  • The longest screen version of the play prior to the 1996 film was the 1980 BBC made-for-television version starring Derek Jacobi, which runs three-and-a-half hours.
  • The play's setting is updated to the 19th century though retains Elizabethan English.
  • Blenheim Palace is the setting used for the exterior grounds of Elsinore Castle and interiors were all photographed at Shepperton Studios, blended with the footage shot at Blenheim.
  • Hamlet was the last major dramatic motion picture to be filmed entirely on 70 mm film until 2012, with the release of Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master.
  • Hamlet was not a box office success, grossing just under $5 million on a budget of $18 million.


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