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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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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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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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Trivia

Oliver Parker's directorial debut. See more »

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In the beach scene, equipment boxes are visible on the upper slope of the beach as Iago and Othello walk along. See more »

Quotes

Iago: This is the night... that either makes me or for does me quite.
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Version of Othello (1979) See more »

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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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