Prince of Jutland (Royal Deceit) (1994)





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This European historical saga presents the true tale of regicide and insanity on which Shakespeare based Hamlet. When the king of Jutland is murdered by his brother, the dark prince claims both the throne and Queen Geruth. Although her son saw the murder, he feigns madness to spare his life.
R (for some violence and scenes of nudity)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Helen Mirren
as Geruth
Brian Cox
as Aethelwine
Tom Wilkinson
as Hardvendel
Tony Haygarth
as Ragnar
Brian Glover
as Caedman
Philip Rham
as Aelfred
Ewen Bremner
as Frovin
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Critic Reviews for Prince of Jutland (Royal Deceit)

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Audience Reviews for Prince of Jutland (Royal Deceit)


This is not the best adaptation of Hamlet, but the strength of the cast performances makes an otherwise dull movie rather enjoyable.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

[center][size=5]Royal Deceit [img][/img] [/size][left]Royal Deceit stars two favorite actors of mine, Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsale. You can tell it's earlier on in there careers and is the first of two times they have worked with each other, the second being another small movie called Laurel Canyon. You wouldn't really know it from the title but this is actually an adaptation of Hamlet. Bale of course playing the lead role. Beckinsale has a very small part and you really don't see that much of her until the the very end of the movie. I've read my fair share of Shakespeare plays but for some unknow reason I have never read or seen any interpretation of it until this movie. What I do know is that this film isn't an exact adaptation cause their is more of a happy ending then from the play itself. The film itself was ok, there are probably better version to choose from then this one. Which is a shame cause it does have a very talented cast who did there jobs the best that they could do. [/left] [/center] [center][img][/img] [/center]

Amber Fisher
Amber Fisher

Stolid reworking of Hamlet certainly has an outstanding cast but the director has no idea what to do with them. He has drained the inherent tragedy from the piece and what is left is a hollow exercise in tedium. Not a single one of his players, all experienced Shakespearean actors, is given a chance to let loose and breath some kind of life into this flat enterprise.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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