The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago.

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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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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,112,951 (USA)
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Director Oliver Parker had previously played Iago himself in repertory theater. 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

Othello: I kissed thee ere I killed thee: no way but this; Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.
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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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