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Othello -- 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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Oliver Parker (adaptation)
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Release Date:
19 January 1996 (USA) See more »
Envy, greed, jealousy and love.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Latest version of the Shakespeare play caters for modern tastes, but is undeniably well made. See more (47 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Laurence Fishburne ... Othello

Irène Jacob ... Desdemona (as Irene Jacob)

Kenneth Branagh ... Iago

Nathaniel Parker ... Cassio

Michael Maloney ... Roderigo

Anna Patrick ... Emilia

Nicholas Farrell ... Montano

Indra Ové ... Bianca (as Indra Ove)

Michael Sheen ... Lodovico
André Oumansky ... Gratiano (as Andre Oumansky)
Philip Locke ... 1st Senator

John Savident ... 2nd Senator

Gabriele Ferzetti ... The Duke of Venice
Pierre Vaneck ... Brabantio
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luca Guardabascio ... Servant in the dancin scene (uncredited)

Directed by
Oliver Parker 
Writing credits
Oliver Parker (adaptation)

William Shakespeare (play)

Produced by
David Barron .... producer
Jonathan Olsberg .... executive producer
Luc Roeg .... producer
Original Music by
Charlie Mole 
Cinematography by
David Johnson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tony Lawson 
Casting by
Debbie McWilliams 
Production Design by
Tim Harvey 
Art Direction by
Livia Borgognoni 
Desmond Crowe 
Costume Design by
Caroline Harris 
Makeup Department
Laura Borselli .... makeup artist
Polly Earnshaw .... makeup department runner
Tina Earnshaw .... chief makeup artist
Carol Hemming .... chief hair stylist
Elizabeth Lewis .... hair stylist
Paolo Mantini .... hair stylist
Deborah Taylor .... makeup artist
Desideria Corridoni .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Gianluca Leurini .... production manager
Iona Price .... production manager
Emanuele Spatafora .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joyce Branagh .... third assistant director
Francesca Castellano .... third assistant director
Sara Desmond .... third assistant director
Luca Lachin .... second assistant director
Simon Moseley .... first assistant director
Richard Styles .... second assistant director
Art Department
Celia Bobak .... production buyer
Michael Cohen .... stand-by stagehand
Danny Hunter .... property master
George Malin .... dressing propman
George Malin .... storeman
Peter Mounsey .... stand-by painter
Alf Newvell .... stand-by rigger
John Pitt .... stand-by rigger
Paolo Pugiotto .... property assistant: Venice
Alfie Smith .... chargehand stand-by propman
Dashamir Subashi .... props department assistant
Micky Swift .... stand-by propman
Kevin Wheeler .... dressing propman
Iain White .... art department assistant
David Williamson .... stand-by carpenter
Sound Department
Philip Alton .... dialogue editor
John Bateman .... adr mixer
John Bateman .... foley mixer
Robbie Broughton .... assistant sound editor
Rodney Glenn .... supervising sound editor
Peter Glossop .... production sound mixer
Dominic Lester .... re-recording mixer
Sean Mills .... boom operator
Shaun Mills .... boom operator
Andrea Moser .... boom operator: Venice
Robin O'Donoghue .... re-recording mixer
John Poyner .... foley editor
Federico Saraceni .... sound trainee
Visual Effects by
José Granell .... model unit supervisor (uncredited)
Andy Stevens .... visual effects camera assistant: Magic Camera Co (uncredited)
Ferdinando Stazzone .... horse stuntman (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... key grip
Stuart Barell .... clapper loader (as Stuart Barrell)
Flavio Bertini .... electrician: Venice
John Bremer .... focus puller
David Bruce .... generator operator
Andrea Chiozzotto .... electrician: Venice
Vince Clarke .... electrician
Roberto De Angelis .... Steadicam assistant
Mauro De Marchi .... electrician: Venice
Mike Evans .... focus puller
Cephas Howard .... electrician
Martin Kenzie .... camera operator
Rolf Konow .... still photographer
Dean Morrish .... clapper loader
Ricky Pattenden .... electrician
Marco Pieroni .... Steadicam operator
John Pitt .... stand-by rigger
Ray Potter .... best boy
Terry Potter .... gaffer
Emiliano Topai .... video operator
Piero Zennaro .... electrician: Venice
Casting Department
Sylvie Brocheré .... casting: France (as Sylvie Borchere)
Beatrice Kruger .... casting: Italy (as Béatrice Kruger)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anthony Brookman .... wardrobe master
Caroline Kelly .... costume assistant
Maggie Neale .... wardrobe supervisor
Debbie Scott .... assistant costume designer
Antonella Camponeschi .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Paolo Benassi .... editing department assistant
Lionel Johnson .... editor trainee
Julian Rodd .... first assistant editor
Melanie Viner-Cuneo .... second assistant editor
Location Management
Rosanna Roditi .... location manager: Venice
Day Trinh-Dinh .... location projectionist
Music Department
John Bell .... additional orchestrator
Andrew Glen .... music editor
Isobel Griffiths .... music assembler
Nick Ingman .... conductor
Nick Ingman .... orchestrator
Mike Ross-Trevor .... music engineer
James Shearman .... additional orchestrator
Eliza Thompson .... music consultant
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Guido Bianchi .... driver: Irene Jacob
David Bruyea .... driver: stand-by props
Alfio Galli .... transportation captain: Venice
Umbetto Leurini .... transportation captain
Salvatore Mureddu .... driver: Laurence Fishburne
Terry Pritchard .... driver: Kenneth Branagh
Antonio Privitera .... unit driver
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Fabio Bozzetti .... runner/assistant: Venice
Rebecca Ciallella .... production assistant: Oliver Parker
Naomi Cohen .... assistant to producer
Dominique De Langes .... production assistant: Venice
Alberto De Stefani .... assistant accountant
Gianna Di Michele .... location accountant (as Gianna De Michele)
Massimiliano Discepolo .... production runner
Daniela Foà .... crowd marshall: Venice
Francesca Gentili .... production assistant
Kay Georgiou .... postiche artist
Karen Gordon .... production accountant
Eileen Gorman .... production runner
Nick Hall .... fight arranger
Stacey Haynes .... assistant choreographer
Lil Heyman .... production coordinator
Charmian Hoare .... dialogue coach
Stuart Hopps .... choreographer
Russell Jackson .... text consultant
Felice Lattes .... crowd marshall
Roberto Leone .... production assistant
Cristina Leurini .... catering manager
Valeria Licurgo .... production assistant
Talita G. Long .... tattoo designer: Laurence Fishburne
Paolo Merosi .... assistant crowd marshall
Emi Mochizuki .... floor runner
Matthew O'Toole .... accounting assistant
Jay Roberts .... assistant: Laurence Fishburne
Nicola Rosada .... caterer: Venice
Paolo Rosada .... on-set runner: Venice
Sally Ross .... production runner
Giorgio Rossi .... medic: Venice
Helen Seery .... assistant accountant
Ron Shillingford .... supervising copyist
Tamar Thomas .... assistant: Kenneth Branagh
Roberto Todeschi .... production assistant
Anita Tomaselli .... production runner: Venice
Fabio Vianello .... runner/assistant: Venice
John Wall .... production accountant
Gay Whelan .... production assistant
Tom White .... production runner
Anna Worley .... script supervisor
Paolo Rosada .... production assistant (uncredited)
Phil Stoole .... production runner (uncredited)
Richard Attenborough .... special thanks (as Lord Attenborough)
Clive Barker .... special thanks
Nigel Barker .... special thanks
Keith Blackpool .... special thanks
Helena Bonham Carter .... special thanks (as Helena Bonham-Carter)
Langston Fishburne .... special thanks
Anna C. Miller .... special thanks (as Anna Miller)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for some sexuality
123 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: During Emilia's dying speech, the already dead Desdemona can be seen breathing.See more »
Iago:I am not what I am.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of O (2001)See more »


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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Latest version of the Shakespeare play caters for modern tastes, but is undeniably well made., 27 November 2003
Author: Jonathon Dabell ( from Todmorden, England

Director Oliver Parker wanted to make Othello a more "pacy" story, so he omitted quite a lot of the original text when writing this version for the screen. Luckily, the cuts and alterations that he has made do little damage to the old Shakesperean chestnut. I wouldn't say that any of the tweaks are particularly for the better, but the essence of Shakespeare's tale of envy, jealousy and deceit is so powerful that it would take a bungling fool - an Ed Wood wannabe, for instance - to rob it of its power. The weighty themes shine through as strongly as ever in this latest presentation.

Laurence Fishburne plays the titular character, a renowned Moorish soldier. His courage has impressed young Venetian lady Desdemona (Irene Jacob) and the pair of them secretly marry. However, her father is displeased by this secret ceremony and he warns Othello that if she can deceive her own father then she may one day do the same to him. One of Othello's soldiers, Iago (Kenneth Branagh) fails to get a promotion of rank which he feels he deserves, and to gain revenge he engineers a series of lies and incidents designed to convince Othello that his wife is being disloyal to him by fornicating with another man.

Inevitably, viewers may find themselves comparing this version with other productions. How does it rank alongside the 1952 Orson Welles version and the 1965 Laurence Olivier one? To be honest, it depends upon the viewer. Purists would probably opt for the Olivier offering, since it is only very slightly abridged and contains such strong performances that all four lead actors earned Oscar nominations. Film buffs might go for the Welles version, with its moody b&w lighting and a now-classic murder scene, not to mention the fact that the production history itself is as fascinating as the story. This version will undoubtedly find favour with viewers more inclined towards modern tastes. It has high production values, a sweeping score, accessible delivery of the lines, flashy photography, and "cool" stylistic touches (Fishburne's head tattoo, for instance). Personally, I feel the 1952 Othello will always be the benchmark, but this one is reasonably well made and it compares quite favourably with other versions.

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