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1009 - Hamlet



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Oh, apparently the original movie was 152 minutes long. The episode is 90 minutes, including host segments, so they had to cut out roughly half the movie. Can you imagine sitting through the whole thing unriffed?


We are so sorry, Bill.
James GreyWolf - about 3 years ago
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Closing credits: "You have seen Hamlet by William Shakespeare"

They LIE!... this is not by William Shakespeare. Sure they use some of his lines. The basic plot is by Bill, other than that....

I am sure the trimming for MST3K helped remove a lot of the lines, but... Rosencrantz and Guildenstern don't even have a line in this production. They are not even mentioned by name. Pelonious never instructs his kids to avoid work in the financial industry. In the original play, Hamlet discusses suicide BEFORE he instructs Ophilia to become a sister == or a whore (I know. I mentioned that already as a response to one of the notes in here, but..). I, personally, believe that Bill would NOT be offended by this episode. I think that, if he were still here, he would have gladly sat in with Mike 'n da bots and tossed in a few of his own riffs.


Crypto Dentist - over 2 years ago
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It's easy to see why everyone wants to die in this version. There arent even walls, just blackness!


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Gotta love the guys chastising Hamlet for talking over the play. It was already fun that we were watching them watching him watching it, but that was the cherry on top.

Also love Htom Servaux and (Motley) Cröe.


EAG46 - 7 months ago
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I can imagine the crowd at the Globe Theater yelling out smartass comments during the plays. "Oi! Cleopatra forgot to shave!" "Just DIE already!" and things like that. William Shakespeare might appreciate riffing.


I love this one.
Smokingspoon - 6 months ago
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I thought this episode was really funny. I find the low popularity strange. Personally, nothing is worse than Fu Manchu lol


Mark Eddleman - over 5 years ago
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Funny enough, I feel like one of the best moments in this episode is the opening referencing Final Justice when Mike looks at the camera, "You think you can take me? Go ahead on. Its your move."


Padraic Burns - over 3 years ago
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I think this is the only MST3K I've never finished. I will give it another chance to justify why it has twice the laughs of project Moonbase!


Hey, Lisa! - almost 3 years ago
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One of my very favorite MST3K eps EVER.


Such bitter dregs these knaves proffer to slake our thirst for jest
big_Greg - 7 months ago
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I've been dreading this one since I decided to watch the entire series in order, and here it is. May it pass quickly.


Veklorr Vigorr - 8 months ago
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Jesus, I could NOT STOP laughing after Htom said, "OH COME ON!" during Hamlet's dying scene.


Diane - aka Starbreeze - almost 3 years ago
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I recognized Ricardo Montalban's voice right away. I thought I was going nuts at first until I found RevJoan's 2 year old post confirming it for me.


Melissa Bachmann - about 3 years ago
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I could of sworn that the first time they aired this episode it was subtitled but no one's ever mentioned it; am I insane?


Hawthorne Rollings - about 2 years ago
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Good one to listen to with a bad headache, there is nothing to see, it's black and white, shot in the dark, everyone looks the same, but fun to play in the background


Gratuitous Lurking - over 1 year ago
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One of the worst interpretations of the Bard's work, and yet some of the better riff. I suppose the biggest help with that is the power of the work itself being so well-known, so even the audience is laughing at the incompetence of it's version.


SaturnHex - over 1 year ago
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Couldn't stand the quality so I found a better link and replaced the old one, enjoy.


Snuffy Wuffykiss - almost 2 years ago
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Intrigue, Murder, Drugs, Incest.... Boring.


Jerad Fry - over 4 years ago
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I love you MST3K, will you be my bride???


Stephen A Nathe - over 2 years ago
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they needed HINDER 90, hell I needed HINDER 90 for this one...I can't even LAUGH this one for Pearl's Sake!!


SailorTweek - over 5 years ago
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The lads say that this was their worst episode...I say it's one of the funniest! One of my favorites!


Stephen A Nathe - over 2 years ago
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crap, crappity CRAP!! great riffs, god awful movie


Zchema Lupitz - over 2 years ago
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10:20 I spotted the queen. Do I have to watch the movie?


Last of the Wild Ponies - over 2 years ago
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26:14 You can see one of the other actors reminding Ophelia of her cue.


Last of the Wild Ponies - over 2 years ago
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11:29 "What's this baloney-us?"


Last of the Wild Ponies - over 2 years ago
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7:24 I'm surprised they didn't make a Three Stooges reference. Also, did someone tape a running hairdryer next to a microphone during the movie?


Teri Gee - over 2 years ago
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I love Kevin twirling the hair of his wig as Fortinbras at the end.


Stephen A Nathe - over 2 years ago
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this one hurts, Mike should've taken better care of his lone three-card-monte win...


Blab Sulkhead - over 2 years ago
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Hamlet! I'm crushing your head!


James GreyWolf - almost 3 years ago
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Sometimes a joke is just too damn perfect. The sword fight is going on. Both Hamlet and Laerties are wounded (of course, Laerties is dying faster). Hamlet's mom has just died, and Laerties exclaims, "The king's to blame. The king." Which makes Crow cry out, "God blame the king." (As opposed to the normal statement, "God save the king.") I didn't notice the joke before, but this time... And I like it.


At least its doing better than Hellcats
Diane - aka Starbreeze - almost 3 years ago
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I knight thee one hundred and eleven laughs.
It did make me laugh a few times and I enjoyed the ghost of Mike's father skit.


Jinkee Nova - almost 3 years ago
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This production really highlights Hamlet's inability to shut up. I'm a little sad that Fortinbras got the Bad Ending this time.


Bender Rodriguez - about 3 years ago
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The movie's drawn out scenes have a touch of Deep Hurting. The riffs are top notch.


Scott A. Taylor - over 4 years ago
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Is Hamlet voiced my Maximillian Schell? Totally awesome that Khan .. I mean Richardo is the King. You just want to hear "Including my beloved wife!"


The humanity - about 3 years ago
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No 'laugh' for this one. This is really pushing the limit for the last season.


Teri Gee - about 4 years ago
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I've always loved this episode. It's the second one I saw (the first was Werewolf) and seeing such a wide range of movies that they riffed was a good introduction for me way back when. :) Personally, I think a lot of Shakespeare isn't as amazing as we're told it is. Romeo and Juliet, for example, is a story of two idiotic teenagers who are stupid and kill themselves when there was no need to do so. And that's what I got out of the play when I WAS a teenager, too. I prefer his fantasies and histories to his tragedies.


Childe Harold - over 3 years ago
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This is like slice-n-dice Shakespeare...3/4ths of the play is missing hahaha


Senor Misterioso - over 3 years ago
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"This video is not available in your country" for now.
:-(


Anthony Cardoza Presents! - over 3 years ago
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Dearest Hamlet, thou hast proven thyself to be (or not to be) worthy of laughs. To thee, I giveth thine one-hundreth-eth laugh-eth.


Alyssa Who Will Not Be Named - about 4 years ago
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This is kinda like Raul Julia in Overdawn (except raul was phoning it in there pretty tough)...I love Maximillian Schell...he's actually kind of compelling in this.


Ted Chase - almost 4 years ago
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MST3K stretches in its final season, taking on a famed script (if poo production). While some of the riffs are about the poor production, others are stuff you've wanted to say ever since seeing Shakespeare in high school.


Blab Sulkhead - over 3 years ago
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I'm studying Hamlet right now and parts of it are like having my brains slowly bashed in. Talk about Deep Hurting. How do I spell relief? M-S-T-3-K.


Robert Brown - almost 4 years ago
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Everyone purse your beaks!


tim conner - almost 4 years ago
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I love this episode! Not because they are riffing Shakespeare...because they are not. They are riffing this HORRIBLE interpretation. They have fun with the ghastly delivery of lines, the staging(in someone's basement?) and the fact that the film so cuts Hamlet to shreds, that you can hardly follow the story line. If anything, the boys did a GREAT job poking fun at those that would murder a Shakespearean classic like this! Kudos!


Kim Spence Dean - about 4 years ago
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My All-Time Favorite Episode.


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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I never could get into this episode, but all of these positive comments made me try it a couple more times and it just can't sink in, especially because Max Schell is famous, and not in the John Carradine or Alan Hale, Jr. way.


Alex Stefanic - over 5 years ago
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Not even The Bard is safe from the rapier wit of MST3K.


Super McWonderfull - over 4 years ago
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Hamlet is only movie done by MST3K with a great storyline. It's a decently made movie, and the acting isn't bad either. The German accent is funny as well. HOWEVER, one could riff on SHAKESPEARE'S works with ease. The time has come for the crew to get bold, and riff apart this classic. Thanks for taking something everyone knows and giving it "THE TREATMENT."I know we'll all appreciate and enjoy...HAMLET...sounds like baby piggy name.


Daniel Lopez - over 4 years ago
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My favorite part of this is the scene at about 22:00 where Hamlet just walks into Ophelias room and doesn't say anything. I performed Hamlet on stage twice in school and while this moment is IMPLIED in the dialog, I don't remember actually seeing it as a written scene in the play...is it? Anyway, it's so ridiculously literal here that the jokes basically write themselves.


K.T. Robot - over 4 years ago
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My ALL TIME favorite Shakespeare play. I love searching for and finding all of the varied theatrical production forms ( of which there are sooo many) just to find reasons to love it even more. THIS presentation first seemed like a really gloomy stinker, and I'll admit I only watched half of it the first time. However, as with many seemingly unwatchable episodes, I tried again and really listened to the riffs closely , and I found myself going back to Hamlet over and over, and now it's in my top 15 all time favorites list. Wow, if only it was full length!


Scott A. Taylor - over 4 years ago
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Gotta admit I was gonna skip this show .. you know .. Shakespeare! I mean it's usually very mind grinding to sit through, especially Hamlet. But I'm glad I did, this was a great episode


Scott A. Taylor - over 4 years ago
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But hark!, here comes Othello .. talking total crap as usual :P


Kimono Dragon - over 4 years ago
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The game show at 1:03:30 had a weird, Casio keyboard, 1985 midi file version of the Smothers Brothers theme song!


RevJoan - over 5 years ago
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Is Hamlet's step-daddy dubbed by Ricardo Montalban?


Dakota Hyde - over 4 years ago
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Love Ricardo!!!


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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Does Claudius remind anyone else of a younger Jerry Lawler?


Peyton Sherman - over 5 years ago
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So, a story set in Denmark, written in English, translated into German then Dubbed in English again. Hamlet has come full-circle!


Wayne Keegan - almost 5 years ago
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and now my patented spaz move


Wayne Keegan - almost 5 years ago
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ring licker haha


Scott Larson - about 5 years ago
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I love the opening sketch. Mike's come close a few times to outsmarting the Mads, and this time he actually does, yet still manages to find a way to make a losing hand from it.


Gal Dagon - about 5 years ago
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I loved Mike's expressions during the percussion play. He has quite a few good body-language moments, come to think of it.


NS - over 5 years ago
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My mom says she never really understood Hamlet until she saw this episode. Mystery Science Theater 3000: it's fun *and* educational!