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Basics Critics:81Viewers:67Rusty:78
Category: DramaNotable as: Roadshow theatrical releaseSub-Category: Black-and-white, Roadshow theatrical release, Costume drama, Film adaptation, DramaRuntime: 150 - 155 minutesColor: black-and-whiteLanguage: EnglishCountry: United KingdomDirector: Laurence OlivierScreenwriter: Laurence OlivierBased on: HamletMusic: William WaltonCinematography: Desmond DickinsonStars: Laurence Olivier, Norman Wooland, Basil Sydney, Eileen Herlie, Esmond Knight, John Laurie, Anthony Quayle, Niall MacGinnis, Harcourt Williams Producer: Laurence OlivierStudio: Two Cities FilmsAwards won: Academy Award for Best Actor (Laurence Olivier)
Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White (Roger K. Furse)
Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White (Roger K. Furse)
Academy Award for Best Picture
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Director (Laurence Olivier)
Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic or Comedy Score (William Walton)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Jean Simmons)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Hamlet is a 1948 British film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, adapted and directed by and starring Sir Laurence Olivier. Hamlet was Olivier's second film as director, and also the second of the three Shakespeare films that he directed. Hamlet was the first British film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is also the first sound film of the play in English. A 1935 sound film adaptation, Khoon Ka Khoon, had been made in India and filmed in the Urdu language. Olivier's Hamlet is the Shakespeare film that has received the most prestigious accolades, winning the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Actor and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. However, it proved controversial among Shakespearean purists, who felt that Olivier had made too many alterations and excisions to the four-hour play by cutting nearly two hours' worth of content. Milton Shulman wrote in The Evening Standard "To some it will be one of the greatest films ever made, to others a deep disappointment. Laurence Olivier leaves no doubt that he is one of our greatest living actors...his liberties with the text, however, are sure to disturb many."

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