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12 October 1981 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Jonathan Miller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Shakespeare  play

Produced by
Jonathan Miller .... producer
Original Music by
Stephen Oliver 
Film Editing by
Malcolm Banthorpe 
Production Design by
Colin Lowrey 
Costume Design by
Raymond Hughes 
Makeup Department
Eileen Mair .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Alan Edmonds .... sound
William Hobbs .... fights
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Atkinson .... senior camera operator
John Treays .... lighting technician
Other crew
David Snodin .... script editor
John Wilders .... literary consultant
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Othello" - USA (video title)
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USA:203 min (DVD version) | UK:195 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

For the scene where Iago asks Cassio about Bianca, Othello stands behind the open door. Most of the scene is shot from behind him, so the audience sees what he sees. However, not all the dialogue between Iago and Cassio is audible. Although this led to criticism when the episode was screened in the US, where it was assumed that the sound people simply had not done their job very well, it was actually done so as to increase subjectivity; if Othello is having difficulty hearing what they are saying, so too is the audience.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Shortly before stabbing himself Othello bounces the blade of the dagger on the bed and we both hear and see the blade retract.See more »
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Version of My Dinner with Othello (2014)See more »


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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A masterful production, 19 December 1999
Author: garymink from New York, NY

This is one of my favorite pieces of Shakespeare on film or video. Both Anthony Hopkins and Bob Hoskins give thrilling performances. The quiet subtlety of Hopkins interpretation sets the viewer up for a shock when Othello's enormous brutality is revealed. Bob Hoskins is alternately horrifying and loveable. His frequent giggling amuses, and then terrifies. Penelope Hilton's work as Desdemona is equally impressive to that of Hopkins and Hoskins. However, I think in casting her role older than usual, some of the character's innocence is lost. Technically, the lighting and camera work are beautifully handled. Jonathan Miller's direction is sensitive and incisive, and lovingly crafted.

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