Hamlet: Special Edition

1996 PG-13 2h 38m Blu-ray / DVD

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Hamlet: Special Edition

1996 PG-13 2h 38m Blu-ray / DVD
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Veteran Shakespearean actor Kenneth Branagh delivers a brooding performance as the Danish prince driven to madness by his father's death in this four-hour production of one of the Bard's finest plays, featuring cameos by several stars. Tormented by his father's ghost and enraged by his mother's plans to wed his uncle, Hamlet concocts a revenge plot that leaves the stage dripping with blood. Look for Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Kate Winslet.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 2.35:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
  • Kenneth Branagh
  • Julie Christie
  • Billy Crystal
  • John Gielgud
  • Rosemary Harris
  • Derek Jacobi
  • Jack Lemmon
  • Robin Williams
  • Kate Winslet
  • Charlton Heston
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that kids will see Hamlet and Ophelia making love (without nudity), plus sword fights and poisonings. This is the only full-length production of the play on film.

Sexual Content

Hamlet and Ophelia make love onscreen, incarnating a relationship only suggested in the text. No nudity.


Sword fights and poisoning.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Not applicable


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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