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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:

19 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Otelo  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)


$2,112,951 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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


Othello: I kissed thee ere I killed thee: no way but this; Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.
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Version of Othello (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre) (2008) See more »

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Shakespeare for beginners
10 September 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I like the full versions of Shakespeare on film and will happily put in the effort for the reward. However I do like the cut versions (Richard III, Romeo & Juliet etc), yes they are for the short of attention MTV generation, but is that a bad thing?

It's good to get a new generation into these plays. In this version Brannagh gives an effortless performance (he can do shakespeare in his sleep) and Fishburne is great as the main character tortured by the betrayal and lack of honour of those around him.(although at times i was listening for the "Shaft" theme song - he did play it a bit street-tuff at time!).

A cut version yes, but it looks beautiful and is more accesible than other versions.

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