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Orlando (1992)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Romance  -  9 June 1993 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Quentin Crisp ...
Jimmy Somerville ...
Falsetto / Angel
John Bott ...
Orlando's Father
Elaine Banham ...
Orlando's Mother
Anna Farnworth ...
Clorinda
Sara Mair-Thomas ...
Favilla
Anna Healy ...
Euphrosyne
Dudley Sutton ...
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Earl of Moray
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Lord Francis Vere
Jerome Willis ...
Translator
Viktor Stepanov ...
Russian Ambassador (as Victor Stepanov)
Charlotte Valandrey ...
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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Орландо  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,289,772 (USA)
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Trivia

The drinking scene in the desert with Orlando and the Khan is based on what actually occurred with the production crew. Sally Potter set up a banquet in the desert to woo a local Russian mayor into letting them use a local castle for some shoots. During the banquet, some Russian alcohol was served by the mayor, but the production crew were unable to swallow the drink straight. See more »

Quotes

Orlando: If I were a man...
Shelmerdine: You?
Orlando: I might choose not to risk my life for an uncertain cause. I might think that freedom won by death is not worth having. In fact...
Shelmerdine: You might choose not to be a real man at all. Say, if I were a woman...
Orlando: You?
Shelmerdine: I might choose not to sacrifice my life caring for my children, nor my children's children, nor to drown anonymously in the milk of female kindness, but instead, say, to go abroad. Would I then be...
Orlando: A real woman?
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With special thanks to Michael Powell 1905 - 1990 See more »

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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.12 (2011) See more »

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Composed by Sally Potter, Jimmy Somerville, David Motion
Published by Copyright Conrtol/ Virgin Music
Performed by Jimmy Somerville
Courtesy of London Records
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A stunning commentary on life and the sexes
1 August 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Simply put one of the best movies I have ever seen. The cast is amazing and deliver in their performances, the stunning visuals and beautiful music combine to create a dreamy atmosphere through which S. Potter uses Orlando as a medium to make subtle and elegant commentaries about life, the human condition and the struggle of the sexes to understand each other when they are basically two aspects of the same coin. As opposed to some of the other reviewers here I did not find the movie slow or boring at any time. Nor is it just about Orlando; there are multiple layers. It flows simply and quietly but with great intensity and an underlying irony at every moment. This film must be Potter's masterpiece.


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