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Othello (1995)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  15 December 1995 (USA)
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The evil Iago pretends to be friend of Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own end in the film version of this Shakespeare classic.



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Complete credited cast:
Desdemona (as Irene Jacob)
Bianca (as Indra Ove)
André Oumansky ...
Gratiano (as Andre Oumansky)
Philip Locke ...
1st Senator
John Savident ...
2nd Senator
Pierre Vaneck ...


Iago convinces Othello, The Moor of Venice that his wife, Desdemona has been unfaithful. Iago is an evil, manipulative character with his own agenda. A plot of jealousy and rage transpires in this classic Shakespearean tale. Written by Jason Ihle <>

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Envy, greed, jealousy and love.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Otelo  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)


$2,112,951 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Director Oliver Parker had previously played Iago himself in repertory theater. See more »


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Iago: We cannot all be masters, nor all masters cannot truly be followed.
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Sir Laurence Fishburne? ;o)
10 July 1999 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I've always enjoyed Kenneth Branagh's versions of the Shakespeare classics, as he always does a very good job, but in this movie, the one who lifts the whole movie, is none other than "the-always-great-actor" Laurence Fishburne. Surely he has made some poor choices in films, even though he's a wonderful actor, but in this one we're truly given the real Othello: the passion, the intensity of jealousy as it grows stronger alongside with Fishburne's well portrayed paranoia and, furthermore, we're finally given a black Othello!

I don't think they could have chosen a better Othello. Who else could have given him that blend of sympathy/antipathy, love/hatred and, not to forget, those fiery eyes...? Branagh is good as always, but not at his peak, Iréne Jacob's Desdemona is fairly good but a bit bleak, whilst Laurence Fishburne truly lifts it and makes it a very interesting and enjoyable movie. Do watch it.

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