Laurence Olivier Presents William Shakespeare’s Hamlet on VHS. Starring Laurence Olivier, Eileen Herlie, Basil Sydney, Jean Simmons, Felix Aylmer, Peter Cushing. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Laurence Olivier. 1948.
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Laurence Olivier Presents William Shakespeare’s Hamlet A Rank Organisation Film
Laurence Olivier gives an immortal performance in this acclaimed adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Hamlet (Laurence Olivier), Prince of Denmark, returns home when his father is killed. There, he learns that his ambitious uncle has married the widowed Queen and claimed Hamlet’s throne for himself. Haunted by his father’s ghost and his own need for revenge, Hamlet’s torment leads to the most inspired poetry in all of Shakespeare, as well as the unforgettable final duel that seals the fate of Denmark.
A potent brew of swordplay, wordplay and outstanding performances, Hamlet won four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor.
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