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Orlando (1992)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Fantasy | 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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Quentin Crisp ...
Jimmy Somerville ...
Falsetto / Angel
John Bott ...
Orlando's Father
Elaine Banham ...
Orlando's Mother
Anna Farnworth ...
Sara Mair-Thomas ...
Anna Healy ...
Dudley Sutton ...
Lord Francis Vere
Jerome Willis ...
Viktor Stepanov ...
Russian Ambassador (as Victor Stepanov)
Princess Sasha
Mary MacLeod ...
First Older Woman


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 June 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Орландо  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)


$5,289,772 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Queen Elizabeth I: [conferring the family estate upon Orlando] For you and for your heirs, Orlando: the house.
Orlando: Your Majesty, I am forever...
Queen Elizabeth I: But on one condition. Do not fade. Do not wither. Do not grow old.
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Crazy Credits

For Beatrice Quennell "Hunny" 1897 - 1989 See more »


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


Composed by Edward Johnson
Performed by Jimmy Somerville
Courtesy of London Records
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great sensitivity...
4 December 2008 | by (Geneva, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Absolutely superb movie...

just saw it right before writing this...

remember having seen the clip on YT,

and it gave me the feeling I should enjoy it :

I definitively did !

As say others comments, mesmerizing, mysterious, delicate...

and very profound even though quiet hidden at the beginning...

It reveals this aspect, like all the movie, like a woman in love,

slowly, enigmatically, words after words, with great sensitivity...

And Tilda Swinton, wow ! what an actress !

Plus she's beautiful ! I didn't see any movie with her before,

but for sure gonna see some more...

Not at all a usual Jimmy Somerville fan, I just love his part too ;

and last song leaves you full of hope in our humanity.

Music, cinematography, set design and costuming are absolutely exquisite and stunning.

But unfortunately guess this exceptional movie is not for everyone's taste..

In one sentence, Sally Potter made a movie that you won't forget !

Her film eventually expresses what Orson Welles wrote with so much accuracy :

"a film is never really good unless the camera is an eyes in the head of a poet"

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