An update of Shakespeare's 'Othello' with a young cast, set in an upper class prep school, & centered around basketball player Odin.

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Tough Coach Duke Goulding leaves nothing untried to lead his almost exclusively white boarding school basketball team, the Hawks, to victory after victory, but his own son Hugo feels his polyvalent technical excellence and tireless efforts -which require using stimulants- are not getting anything like the recognition he deserves, especially when coach gives the best player award to Odin James, the only black teammate, even saying he loves Odin like his own son, who in turn only calls super-rich Michael Cassio to share in the honor. So Hugo, who is liked by everyone, decides to set up the boys who stole his glory, and he knows a cocky adolescent's weak points are his pride and his girl. This Dixie Jago schemes to bring down a black Othello and his Cassio, playing into the poisonous power of jealousy, however badly this also hurts their loved ones and the whole team... Written by KGF Vissers

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Trust. Seduction. Betrayal. See more »


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Rated R for violence, a scene of strong sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,916,625 (USA) (2 September 2001)

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$16,017,403 (USA) (4 November 2001)
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Trivia

The music at the end of the movie, "Ave Maria", is from the end of Verdi's opera "Otello", which was also based on the Shakespearean play "Othello". See more »

Goofs

Even if Hugo's plan all went as planned, and he succeeded in framing Michael for Desi's death, how does this get revenge on Odin? See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hugo: All my life I always wanted to fly. I always wanted to live like a hawk. I know you're not supposed to be jealous of anything, but... to take flight, to soar above everything and everyone, now that's living.
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Version of The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice (1981) See more »

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Very true to the original
17 January 2005 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Many have commented on what a remarkable performance the young actors give in this riveting movie. I would like to add that it is stunning how closely the director follows the original Othello. Except for updating the language a bit and moving the action to a South Carolina prep school, the story is virtually unchanged. Even some of the dialog mimics the original. Take special note of what Hugo and Odin say as the movie's climax progresses: It is nearly identical to what Shakespeare wrote.

It's such a great introduction to the Bard that I'm using "O" in my humanities class.


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