The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago.

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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 <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Envy, greed, jealousy and love.

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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19 January 1996 (USA)  »

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Otelo  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,112,951 (USA)
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Nathaniel Parker (Cassio) is the younger brother of the director Oliver Parker. See more »

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During Emilia's dying speech, the already dead Desdemona can be seen breathing. See more »

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Othello: Arise black vengeance from thy hollow cell. Yield up, O love, thy crown and hearted throne to tyrannous hate. Now by yond marble heaven, in the due reverence of a sacred vow, I here engage my words.
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Shakespeare would have been pleased
3 August 1998 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

While maintaining the location and time period of the original play, this film gives us a much clearer insight into Othello as a character and as a story than many of the supposedly more important versions. The dialogue is trimmed to what is essential, the settings are atmospheric, and the cast is great. You will never forget the story after you see this version.


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