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Orlando (1992)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Fantasy | 9 June 1993 (USA)
Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Quentin Crisp ...
Jimmy Somerville ...
Falsetto / Angel
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Orlando's Father
Elaine Banham ...
Orlando's Mother
Anna Farnworth ...
Clorinda
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Favilla
Anna Healy ...
Euphrosyne
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Lord Francis Vere
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Translator
Viktor Stepanov ...
Russian Ambassador (as Victor Stepanov)
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Princess Sasha
Mary MacLeod ...
First Older Woman
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Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British history, experiencing a variety of lives and relationships along the way, and even changing sex. Written by Phythian

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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9 June 1993 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,289,772 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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French visa # 79338. See more »

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[speaking in French]
Princess Sasha: You speak French?
Orlando: A bit. But most of the English can't... don't want to speak other languages.
Princess Sasha: But how do they communicate with foreigners?
Orlando: They speak English louder.
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With special thanks to Michael Powell 1905 - 1990 See more »

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Referenced in Jubilee: A Time Less Golden (2003) See more »

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ELIZA IS THE FAIREST QUEEN
Composed by Edward Johnson
Performed by Jimmy Somerville
Courtesy of London Records
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Thoroughly Engaging, Fun, and Visually Compelling.
31 January 1999 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

Tilda Swinton was born for this role. She IS Orlando. But that preoccupation aside, the first striking aspect of this film is the costumes! It opens on a scene with Orlando in Elizabethan finery, and moves through several historical periods, not least of them 18th Century literary England. That's something to see. The film is, as you would expect, very literary. You don't need to have read the book, but a working knowledge of typical euro-centric history and literature is helpful, I guess. Quentin Crisp plays a perfect Queen Elizabeth, the grotesque Institution herself, opposite Swinton's birdish Orlando. The photography is clear and even luminous at times, and the story moves along quite well--I consistently wondered what would happen. The exploration of gender, while it was obviously "the point", was not overdone, in the last analysis. Our freakish Orlando turns out to be quite human, which is a relief. The film is very well done; Swinton is a rare bird, never boring, and not to be missed.


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