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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Dean Brable
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Dell (as Anthony 'A. J.' Johnson)
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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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Everything Comes Full Circle... 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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31 August 2001 (USA)  »

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$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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There is an REM poster on the wall next to Emily's bed. Rain Phoenix is friends with REM, and is the main character in their "At My Most Beautiful" video. See more »

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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 Encounter: Othello (1953) See more »

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Strong and chilling.
31 May 2004 | by (Turku, Finland) – See all my reviews

In these dark times when it seems like at least 95 % of all the teen-movies that are made are trying to copy "American Pie", this is the kick in the butt that the genre needs.

Shakespeare's classical play Othello has been somewhat rewritten to fit the silverscreen and the 21st century better. The theme of revenge, love and jealousy remains intact but the settings have been changed. Great actors in the three leading roles (Stiles, Phifer, Hartnett) makes this movie feel alive, and the cursing and violence makes it feel even more real. The ending is scary and sad, and it makes you think for a long time after you've seen it.

Along with "Donnie Darko" and "Ghost World", this is one of the best movies aimed at teens I've seen.

***/****


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