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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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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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The first time an African-American was cast in the title role in a movie version of Othello. See more »

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

Quotes

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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Version of Othello (1989) See more »

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shakespeare rules
6 February 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

shakespeare's plays have a way of transcending time. The language somehow breaks the time barrier. but perhaps it is the actors who really do that.

after the disappointment in Romeo and Juliet (the version with Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio), was hesitant take on another modern rendition of Shakespeare. To my surprise Othello was great!

Iago's character was played so well by the Kenneth fellow! even thoough Iago is really evil and despicable, the character was played so well that it does what shakespeare intended for the charater to be, a pleasure for the audience to hate. i have to say that fishburne's performance here was really good as well.

i recommend this for shakespeare scholars and lazy students (who refuse to read the book) alike.


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