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O (2001)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Thriller  |  31 August 2001 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Coach Duke Goulding
Desi Brable
Assistant Coach
Dean Brable
Anthony Johnson ...
Dell (as Anthony 'A. J.' Johnson)
Chris Dong ...
Dutchman Player
Marshall Gitter ...
Radio Announcer
Ms. Serney (as Lisa Benavides)
Ken French ...
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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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Release Date:

31 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Othello  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,916,625 (USA) (31 August 2001)


$676,792 (Italy) (20 September 2002)

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Both Julia Stiles and Andrew Keegan appeared in a previous high-school adaptation of a Shakespeare play - 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). See more »


In the end when Emily is confronting Hugo about telling O that Desi was cheating on him, she is pointing in O's direction with her left hand. In the next shot, she has changed hands and is pointing at Hugo. See more »


[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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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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