By Kenneth Branagh

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1996-12-25
  • Advisory Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 4h 2min
  • Director: Kenneth Branagh
  • Production Company: Castle Rock Entertainment
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 2.99
From 320 Ratings


Kenneth Branagh ("Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "The Road to El Dorado") writes, directs and stars in this four-time Oscar-nominated classic Shakespeare saga about the melancholy Dane. With an all-star cast, including Oscar-nominee Kate Winslet ("Iris," "Titanic") and Oscar-winner Julie Christie ("Dragonheart," "Dr. Zhivago"), as well as appearances by Charlton Heston, John Gielgud, Jack Lemmon, Gerard Depardieu, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and many others. Branagh received an Oscar nomination for his outstanding screenplay. The Hollywood Reporter says "Branagh has boldly invigorated William Shakespeare's most celebrated play to a towering visual dimension that captures the tumultuous tragedy as no stage or filmic version has... Multiple Oscar nominations seem in order."




  • The definitive version of this great tragedy – ALL of it!

    By WBBaglio
    Despite its length, I highly recommend you watch this!
  • 10/10

    By That one Bloke1066
  • I love this version

    By Cthonic Youth
    Simply the most beautiful version of Hamlet. It may not be the best adaptation - the play is a long and digressive affair - but it is a dream to my completist heart. Kenneth Branagh is a wonderful Hamlet in the vein of Olivier and he shows himself a true artist as the director.
  • omg yasssss so fuxing good

    By 320482343
    especially the action packed ending. also i really loved not knowing what the they were saying 95% of the time. :) i would def recommend to anyone who suffers from insomnia because it cured mine!! bye felecia or should i say hamlet!! ;))))
  • Pretentious

    By singing whale
    You have to really love Kenneth Branagh to finish this film. It is a 4-hour ego-trip. Any high school production of Hamlet is better than this travesty. Hamlet is to be seen live, not on the silver screen. Hollywood needs to stop trying.
  • I loved it!

    By yes yes yessssss
    A great version of this story.
  • Flawed but fun.

    By DoctorSubmarine
    This movie is sunk by some atrocious editing. It seems to be trying to emulate the MTV/Michael Bay-style quick cuts that were so popular in the 90s, but it just makes the whole affair seem cheesy. The acting and directing are stellar, of course, and as a whole it's the definitive adaptation of the play.
  • For Once, I Gotta Go With Gibson

    By Mr The Panda
    Don't subject yourself to this torture. Branagh once again plops himself down in the starring role (as well as writing and directing) and the persona we see shining through is Branagh, not Hamlet. Now, I'm the first guy to jump on board with a good 4-hour movie. Keyword: good. This is not a good movie; rather, it's 4 hours of horrid overacting (even by the most generous Shakespearean standards), dreadful miscasting (Billy Crystal; Jack Lemmon; Robin Williams; Kenneth Branagh), and a pointless temporal update from medieval times to the 1800s. Other Shakespeare adapters do that to make a statement; Branagh does it to show off the pretty castle he talked his way into. And talk is about all you get with this movie: it's a full-text adaptation. Other directors omit lines and passages to help make the experience flow more smoothly. Here, some actors will spit out there lines like watermelon seeds on automatic to fit them all in, and others (mostly the star) will take forever to milk every possible second of screen time out of it. I was reasonably disappointed with his pre-"Hamlet" work, but now I'm officially off any movie that has his name attached to it (except that Harry Potter flick). The most spectacular waste of everything in the long, sad history of cinematic excess.
  • So strange

    By nanika46
    This movie was the worst I have ever seen. The characters were not at all how I had imagined from the book. It is a true disgrace of Shakespeare's play!
  • God awful

    By rdlnyc
    Heavy, leaden, pretentious production of this classic. Dull, dull, dull and painful to watch. And Hamlet is anything but. Shame on Branagh for letting his ego drive this trainwreck.