Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hamlet 2010 NR

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(13) IMDb 7.2/10

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:
Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Comedy
Director Kevin Murphy
Starring Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson
Supporting actors Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett, Patrick Brantseg
Studio Shout! Factory
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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5 of 6 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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 21, 2014
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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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Hamlet? You mean the standard issue 16th century revenge tragedy that Shakespeare transformed into a psychological drama about a man at war with his own consciousness, revising it into the foundational text of modern literature?

Yeah, you're gonna have to go elsewhere for that story. What we got here is a dismal 1961 attempt at Hamlet for German television, trimmed from 152 minutes to a little over half that length, and still managing to feel like an eternity. Ricardo Montalban and John Banner are among the uncredited, dubbed voices (Maximillian Schell dubs his own voice, in English); the action seems to have been filmed in a dimly-lit prison block, and the hair, costumes, and college-production acting are all fair targets for ridicule. The riffing is really quite good in this episode; it takes chutzpah to riff Shakespeare and get away with it, but Mike, Kevin, and Bill rise to the occasion.

(You say you want to watch a better version of Hamlet on film? Well, there's always Olivier's pop-Freudian version of 1948; Kurosawa's 1960 free translation of the story into a tale of Japanese corporate corruption; and Kenneth Branagh's four-and-a-half hour all-star version from 1996.)
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2 of 3 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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By K. J. Kendall on October 30, 2014
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This is one of my favorite episodes. The riffing is strong, and the movie is actually watchable in a "creepy-German-minimalist-try not to notice that all the good guys are blond and the bad guys look very...not blond" kind of way
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By MRJones on April 2, 2015
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Not just funny, but witty; lit majors would laugh at this as hard as average Joe type MST3K fans.
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