Centering on two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, two off-kilter rogues are summoned to the court of the King of Denmark, where they meet a traveling entertainer and attempt to solve a mystery. Based on Tom Stoppard's play, this film won Best Picture at the 1991 Venice Film Festival.
A farcical retelling of "Hamlet," from the viewpoint of two minor characters who play his school friends.
Began shooting January 8, 1990; completed February 24, 1990. Released theatrically February 8, 1991. Shot in Technicolor; using Panavision cameras and lenses; Dolby noise reduction. Filmed with the cooperation of Jadran Film in Zagreb. Winner of the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion for Best Picture. Susan Kalinowski was the hairdresser for Richard Dreyfuss and Ivica Boban was the mime choreographer. Rated BBF PG by the British Board of Film Censors.
"...Pure pleasure....The film is extravagantly, mercilessly funny....[A] thrilling one-of-a-kind film..." - 11/29/1990 Rolling Stone, p.121
"...A film both eloquently impish and brilliant....A jewel of a movie, a work of high literacy, bawdy good spirits, blazing wit, bizarre charm and eerie suspense..." - 02/20/1991 Los Angeles Times, p.F1
"Conceptually and intellectually....This stands its ground handily..." - 06/01/2005 Premiere, p.119-120