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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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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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