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Othello (1995)

 -  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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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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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,112,951 (USA)
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José Ferrer first made a name for himself by playing Iago in a theatrical production of Othello, before taking on his most famous role of Cyrano de Bergerac. Iago is played in this film by Kenneth Branagh, who also went on to play Cyrano on BBC Radio. 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 »

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Othello: Soft you; a word or two before you go. I have done the state some service, and they know't. No more of that. I pray you, in your letters, When you shall these unlucky deeds relate, Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate, Nor set down aught in malice: then must you speak Of one that loved not wisely but too well; Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought Perplex'd in the extreme; of one whose hand, Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away Richer than all his tribe; of one whose subdued eyes, ...
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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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