I noticed that you said you've been in and out of the hospital. Dammit Sev, take care of yourself! It is not the same around here without you. No one is trying to sneak a peek at me and make lewd comments ;)
I found Robert Shaw as Claudius to be in way over his head - may be if he had done this when he was more seasoned (see his performance in "Jaws"), then he would have been believable - more gravitas. Here, he's just like most of the cast - cardboard.
Alec Clunes (Polonius) delivers the "warning speech" to his daughter and son as perfectly as I've ever heard. It has that rushed, I love you please listen to me (although I know you're not) quality that can be heard in any airport in the world. Pitch perfect.
The rest - blah.
Except for the comic relief; both intentional - Roy Kinnear as the gravedigger; and unintentional - the intensely funny germanic Donald Sutherland as Fortinbras.
The film. Aside from it's poorly lit videotape very flat look, staging scenes outside at night just to get the partially lit up Castle in the background, etc. Shadows, sometimes multiple shadows of people and equipment flowing over the center image character. Most of the secondary cast missing their marks and hesitant with their lines. Good God, Sev - the film is a disaster. Without Plummer it should be laid to rest near some very powerful magnets.
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