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Sex & Nudity

  • There is no actual sex or nudity in this film whatsoever. G or PG-rated material. Suitable for family viewing and use in the classroom.
  • The film has been directed to very subtly imply that Hamlet possibly has incestuous feelings for his mother; they kiss on the lips passionately several times. This is based on Sigmund Freud's interpretation of Shakespeare's play, and it has nothing to do with the play itself. However, this film's depiction of this interpretation is very subtle and will not be noticed by children.
  • After Ophelia goes mad, she sings a ballad which has very subtle and veiled illusions to sexuality. However, this is simply a part of Shakespeare's play and is not inappropriate in any way.

Violence & Gore

  • PG-rated violence at the worst. Nothing unsuitable for young children.
  • Hamlet violently throws Ophelia across the room in the infamous "get thee to a nunnery" speech


  • None whatsoever. Every word in the film is taken directly from Shakespeare's play.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • It is implied Claudius gets drunk every night at his lavish parties. This is condemned by the noble characters in the film and by the story as a whole.
  • The drinking of wine is portrayed a couple of times. King Claudius (Hamlet's uncle) appears to be slightly drunk during his first scene - his speech in that scene is rather slurred.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Suggested MPAA rating: PG for brief mild violence and thematic material
  • Hamlet yells loudly at his mother for remarrying his uncle. He grabs her and throws her on the bed and yells in her face.
  • The ghost of Hamlet's father appears to him, and his appearance is accompanied by ominous music and eerie lighting, with what appears to be dry ice. The ghost also speaks in a very eerie voice. In a scene before this, Horatio and two guards have already seen the ghost.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • All of the violence in the film is consistent with Shakespeare's play, and it is not graphic or disturbing in any way.
  • Ophelia drowns herself in the lake (whether or not this is intentional is left open).
  • In the end, Laertes and Hamlet duel, and Laertes kills Hamlet by scratching him with the tip of a poisoned sword. Hamlet then grabs the sword from him, and does the same to Laertes before dying.
  • Gertrude dies from drinking a poisoned cup which was intended to kill Hamlet
  • Upon realizing the plot against his life, Hamlet stabs his uncle with the poisoned blade and pours the rest of the poisoned drink down his throat to kill him.
  • Hamlet stabs Polonius through a curtain with his sword

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Hamlet dies at the end (along with pretty much every other character), and the final shot pans out, showing all the dead bodies on the floor throughout the court

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