Kenneth Branagh (HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, THE ROAD TO EL DORADO) writes, directs and stars in this four-time Oscar-nominated classic Shakespeare saga about the melancholy Dane. With an all-star cast, including Oscar-nominee Kate Winslet (IRIS, TITANIC) and Oscar-winner Julie Christie (DRAGONHEART, DR. ZHIVAGO), as well as appearances by Charlton Heston, John Gielgud, Jack Lemmon, Gerard Depardieu, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and many others. Branagh received an Oscar nomination for his outstanding screenplay. The Hollywood Reporter says "Branagh has boldly invigorated William Shakespeare's most celebrated play to a towering visual dimension that captures the tumultuous tragedy as no stage or filmic version has... Multiple Oscar nominations seem in order."
Won: Best Cinematography Award, 1997 BSC Awards
Nominated: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Music - Original Dramatic Score, 1997 Academy Awards
As star and ringmaster, Branagh gets to the heart of HAMLET and goes to admirable lengths to take his audience there, too. -- Janet Maslin, THE NEW YORK TIMES