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12 October 1981 (USA) See more »
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A general becomes convinced that his wife is having an affair, even though there is no evidence. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A BBC-TV production that should be given greater publicity See more (14 total) »

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Directed by
Jonathan Miller 
 
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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 
 
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Eileen Mair .... makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Alan Edmonds .... sound
 
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William Hobbs .... fights
 
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Jim Atkinson .... senior camera operator
John Treays .... lighting technician
 
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David Snodin .... script editor
John Wilders .... literary consultant
 
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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
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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James Earl Jones was originally cast as Othello but British Equity refused to issue an acting permit for Jones as they disapproved of an American actor being cast in a British adaptation of a Shakespeare play.See more »
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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 All Night Long (1962)See more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A BBC-TV production that should be given greater publicity, 25 August 2001
Author: hopkinsfan from Hampshire, England

A most excellent production of one of the Bard's more difficult plays mainly because of the controversy in these politically correct times of a white actor blacking up to play the lead. But since Othello is a Moor and thus a Mediterranean type he does not have to be portrayed as an African. Remember the Moors ruled Spain for a long time until expelled by Ferdinand and Isabella so Othello does not have to be any darker, than a Spaniard. Anthony Hopkins gives a masterful performance as the Moor, one of the best I have seen comparable only with Placido Domingo in the opera Otello. His gradual change of character from gentle loving husband to insane jealousy is extremely well done and his way with the verse gives full meaning to Shakespeare's words. He is well supported by the cast of less well known stage actors. For me the only jarring note was Bob Hoskins portrayal of Iago, so obviously a nasty piece of work that one wonders how Othello would be taken in by such an overt villain. His giggling also becomes irritating, definitely not the best Iago I have seen. One thing is sure, this production emphasises what a great Shakespearean actor the stage lost when Hopkins left for Hollywood. Had he remained in the theatre he would easily have outstripped Richard Burton's reputation and maybe even Olivier's. Anyone who values real Shakespearean acting should not miss this production.

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