MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 104 this week

Macbeth (1997)

 |  Drama  |  16 May 1997 (UK)
4.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.8/10 from 190 users  
Reviews: 15 user

A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3215 titles
created 23 Jan 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 02 Mar 2013
 
a list of 697 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 28 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 33 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Macbeth" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Macbeth (1997)

Macbeth (1997) on IMDb 4.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Macbeth.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Macbeth I (1987)
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The Verdi opera, based on Shakespeare's play.

Director: Claude d'Anna
Stars: Leo Nucci, Shirley Verrett, Samuel Ramey
Macbeth I (2015)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Macbeth, a duke of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Director: Justin Kurzel
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Sean Harris
Macbeth (TV Movie 2002)
Music | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Thomas Grimm
Stars: Thomas Hampson, Paoletta Marrocu, Roberto Scandiuzzi
King Lear (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Directors: Brian Blessed, Tony Rotherham
Stars: Brian Blessed, Hildegard Neil, Jason Riddington
A Performance of Macbeth (TV Movie 1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Macbeth is a daring member of the Scottish military who receives a revelation from three menacing sorceresses that he will someday become the King of Scotland. This information gives him a ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Casson
Stars: Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, John Bown
The Tragedy of Macbeth (Video 2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Daniel Coll
Stars: Marek Oravec, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Hal Fowler
Macbeth III (TV Movie 1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Hallmark Hall of Fame's second version of Shakespeare's classic play, with the same two stars and the same director as its first version, but a different supporting cast.

Director: George Schaefer
Stars: Maurice Evans, Judith Anderson, Michael Hordern
Hamlet (TV Movie 2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The RSC puts a modern spin on Shakespeare's Hamlet in this filmed-for-television version of their stage production. The Prince of Denmark seeks vengeance after his father is murdered and his mother marries the murderer.

Director: Gregory Doran
Stars: David Tennant, Patrick Stewart, Penny Downie
Great Performances (TV Series 1971)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Stars: Julie Andrews, Plácido Domingo, Walter Cronkite
Macbeth (1916)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Shakespeare's tragedy of the Scots nobleman whose ambition leads him to betrayal, murder, and damnation.

Director: John Emerson
Stars: Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Constance Collier, Wilfred Lucas
Macbeth (1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Shakespeare's classic tale of a noble general spurred to regicide by his ambitious, alluring wife and the prophecy of 3 mysterious fortune tellers.

Director: Paul Winarski
Stars: Stephen J. Lewis, Dawn Winarski, John Schugard
Drama

A feature film adaptation of Kenneth Branagh's theatrical production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Alex Kingston
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Kenneth Bryans ...
Macduff (as Kenny Bryans)
Kern Falconer ...
Hildegard Neil ...
Chris Gormlie ...
Jean Trend ...
Phillipa Peak ...
Iain Stuart Robertson ...
John Corvin ...
Ross Dunsmore ...
Paul MacDonald ...
Phil Wallace ...
...
Edit

Storyline

In eleventh century Scotland, three witches foretell that Macbeth will become King, while Banquo will beget Kings. Macbeth accordingly has King Duncan slain, and is duly crowned in his place. But that's where his problems really begin... Written by duncan shine <shine@telecall.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 May 1997 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jason Connery's father Sean Connery also played Macbeth in the Canadian adaptation Macbeth (1961). See more »

Connections

Version of Macbeth (1990) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Role Reversal?
12 November 2012 | by (Albuquerque. NM) – See all my reviews

This is for "mcjadt", who wrote:

"Within a few minutes of Connery's mumbling, the viewer is struck the urge to see the roles reversed and MacTavish in the title role. No wonder MacBeth felt he needed to kill him."

Funny, I felt the same way about the two actors who played those parts in Polanski's version -- and again when I saw the play live with Richard Jordan as Macbeth.

It may be -- and I said MAY be -- that Shakespeare fully intended the audience to grasp immediately that Duncan is putting his trust in the wrong guy, and wrote their respective speeches accordingly: Banquo bluff, open, and truly self-assured, Macbeth a different breed of cat altogether despite his undoubted military skill and courage.

I believe you are supposed to think: "Huh. Something wrong with that guy ... Banquo's the cool dude, here ... "

And all three actors in the versions I've mentioned have let Shakespeare have his way.

That's just one of the things that makes Macbeth such a tough role to play -- I tried it once in workshop form (the scene where Lady M is trying to talk him out of his scruples, such as they are) and just about turned myself inside out trying to reconcile the sensitive, brooding, poetic philosopher with the ruthless, merciless murderer -- the two sometimes showing up in successive speeches.

Connery could have done better, I guess. So could Finch. So could Jordan. But since Bernard Shaw considered the role to be so unbelievable as a single human person as to be almost impossible to fully portray in a credible fashion, and since Shakespeare sets Banquo up from the beginning to be the better man, well ... best to focus on what any actor foolish enough to risk playing it does RIGHT, instead of wrong.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
available to purchase? snsbull-1
Discuss Macbeth (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page