Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hamlet 2010 NR

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(10) IMDb 7.4/10

A dour production of Shakespeare's play produced for German TV. A prince returns home for his father's funeral and doesn't like what he finds.

Starring:
Michael J. Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl
Runtime:
1 hour 33 minutes

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hamlet

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Comedy
Director Kevin Murphy
Starring Michael J. Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl
Supporting actors Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett, Patrick Brantseg
Studio Shout! Factory
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ROBERT BATISTA on May 22, 2013
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I thought the movie was actually pretty good. If this was shown (The Hamlet portion only) in high school, I would have looked into more Shakespere. Of course having a 'running' commentary only adds to the delight of the viewing pleasure. Ooops - did I like the movie? Hmmmm. Maybe I should watch it again sober and see if it's just as good a second time. LOL.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. Bernhardt on May 16, 2013
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If you were a fan from the very beginning, and kept up through all the changes, this is the payoff episode. I watched several episodes from various times during the series looking for the Funniest Episode Ever, and I keep coming back to this one.
Important facts: This is from the Sci-Fi (it was still called that) era, so there's no Joel, no Trace, no Frank, no Josh. So pretty much, completely new cast. Kevin is still playing Tom Servo (Htom Sirveaux) and Bill Corbett plays Crow. The "plot" bits feature MaryJo Pehl as Pearl and the guys playing sidekicks Bobo and Brainguy. But the plot is not important, and never has been of course!

The movie itself, taken on it's own, is probably one of the funniest unintentionally funny-bad movies they have ever touched. It's the classic Shakespeare drama, in dubbed English, and the whole thing takes place in what appears to be a large concrete bomb shelter. According to the credits, Maximillian Schell plays Hamlet. Also, it sounds like the dubbed voice of Claudius is Ricardo Montalban. I can't fathom why someone thought to dub a German TV production of Hamlet, but I also can't fathom a lot of Johnny Depp movies, so there you go. Remember the HBO production of "King Lear"? This is like that, but horrifying.

Now to the riffing. I'm not going to spoil any gags for you by telling them here, but just a little description so you know what to expect. They riff on the appearance/costumes of the characters, the delivery of the lines, and of course, the actual dialogue. I think that's my favorite part, the fact that they are riffing Shakespeare. And it's perfect and hilarious. Phrases that you thought "Well that's odd" when you first read or heard it, they take it and run with it. And that is all I will say about it!

Ask yourself these questions: Do I like MST3k? Do I like Hamlet?
If the answer to either of those is "Yes", there's a good chance you will love this episode.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Robinson on March 7, 2014
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Amazingly enough, the actual movie isn't at all bad! Hamlet is played by a VERY young Maximilian Schell, who was quite a hottie back in the day! Of course the MST3K commentary is hilarious, but I found myself watching it for the movie as well as the snarkery.

BTW, this is a Mike Nelson era show, so if you don't like Mike, you've been warned.... but if nothing else, watch it for Max Schell!
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This is a dull German version of the great play. Besides Max Schell, it features the voices of Ricardo Montalban and John (Sgt. Shultz) Banner.

You've got to give Mike and the writers a lot of credit for riffing the To Be or Not To Be soliloquy, and doing it well. And for playing a quiz show game in which answers must be stated in "Alas, poor" form.
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The setup is that, after who knows how many terrible movies, the station crew finally get to pick one, and Mike reasonably chooses Hamlet. The trick is that the eeeeevil Pearl gives them the worst Hamlet ever.

The problem? It isn't THAT terrible. Mike's rationale was that he wanted the greatest tragedy ever. Even a bad version of that is likely to be watchable, and this version has Maximillian Schell as the lead character. He's too good to get the full-on MST3K assault, but the show is too bad to be enjoyable as a version of Hamlet. The result is an hour and a half where you, as the audience, think "This version of Hamlet could have been better, and this episode of MST3K could have been funnier."
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