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Tony Richardson's Hamlet is based on his own stage production. Filmed entirely within the Roundhouse in London (a disused train shed), it is shot almost entirely in close up, focusing the attention on faces and language rather than action.

Director: Tony Richardson

Release Date: 1969-12-21
Status: Released
Run time: 117 min / 1:57
Production Companies : Filmways Pictures, Woodfall Film Productions, Columbia Pictures
Production Country: United Kingdom
Release Date: 1969-12-21
Status: Released
Run time: 117 min / 1:57

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Anthony Hopkins
as Claudius
Nicol Williamson
as Hamlet / King Hamlet
Judy Parfitt
as Gertrude
Marianne Faithfull
as Ophelia
Mark Dignam
as Polonius
Gordon Jackson
as Horatio
Ben Aris
as Rosencrantz
Clive Graham
as Guildenstern
Roger Livesey
as First Player / Gravedigger
Michael Elphick
as Captain
David Griffith
as Messenger
Anjelica Huston
as Court Lady
Roger Lloyd Pack
as Reynaldo
Michael Pennington
as Laertes


Directing Tony Richardson Director
Writing William Shakespeare Original Story
Writing Tony Richardson Writer
Sound Patrick Gowers Music
Editing Charles Rees Editor
Camera Gerry Fisher Director of Photography

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