Hamlet Film Clips


(Image from Roger Ebert's Film Festival website)
  • Kenneth Branagh in his 1996 film.
  • Mel Gibson (following the rest of 3.1) in Franco Zeffirelli's 1985 film.
  • Ethan Hawke in Michael Almereyda's 2000 film.
  • Derek Jacobi in a 1980 production directed by Rodney Bennett.
  • Kevin Kline in a 1990 New York Shakespeare Festival production.
  • Laurence Olivier from his 1948 film. (For an analysis of Olivier's performance, click here.)
  • An actor (Alan Mowbray) recites part of the soliloquy with help from Doc Holliday (Victor Mature) in John Ford's My Darling Clementine (1946).
  • A director (Rowan Atkinson) helps Shakespeare (Hugh Laurie) spruce up the "dodgy" original soliloquy in a sketch from Comic Relief.
  • Kate Winslett from the Branagh version: part one , part two.
  • Mariah Gale in a 2008 Royal Shakespeare Company production: part one, part two.
  • Helena Bonham Carter from the Zeffirelli film: part one (begins at 6:58), part two.
  • Helen Mirren sings one of Ophelia's mad songs in Celestino Coronado's 1976 avant-garde production (begins at 1:42).


BryanC said…
I thought that Helena Bonham Carter's portrayal of a mad Ophelia was the best of all the actresses who played Ophelia. She came across as quite crazy, and I found the other iterations to be slightly overacted.
Will L said…
Will L

Personally, Mel Gibson's portrayal of Hamlet was heart felt to the dime as someone who is going insane and losing touch with reality.
Anonymous said…
Mel Gibson gave an amazing role at Hamlet, in my opinion! With two different sides to him, Gibson kept his audiance engaged as he went from normal to crazy. I thought that this film was quite true to the writing of Willam Shakespeare himself. The acting and film setting was well thoughout, and keep me interested throughout the whole story.
dylan keller said…
Hamlet is an intense and cutthroat story with the lead role Hamlet, played by Mel Gibson. He played the role perfectly in my mind and you could see even in his eyes that he was changing throughout the story into a very crazy and confused character.
CJF said…
I loved this movie, it was a great role for Mel Gibson, he really personified his character. The character of Ophelia was perfect! I thought the acting in this movie was just great and made the story even better