Hamlet is informed by his father's ghost that he was murdered by Claudius, the brother who has since usurped his throne and wedded his wife, Gertrude. However, the Danish prince's quest for revenge is too easily deflected and he pays the ultimate price for his indecision.
Olivier's classic and personalised version of the troubled Prince of Denmark is still highly atmospheric and intriguing.
Reviewed by David Parkinson
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