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O -- An update of Shakespeare's 'Othello' with a young cast, set in a high school and centered around basketball player Odin.
O -- An update of Shakespeare's 'Othello' with a young cast, set in a high school and centered around basketball player Odin.


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Writers (WGA):
William Shakespeare (play)
Brad Kaaya (screenplay)
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mekhi Phifer ... Odin James

Martin Sheen ... Coach Duke Goulding

Josh Hartnett ... Hugo Goulding

Andrew Keegan ... Michael

Julia Stiles ... Desi Brable

Rain Phoenix ... Emily

Chris Freihofer ... Assistant Coach

Elden Henson ... Roger

John Heard ... Dean Brable
Anthony Johnson ... Dell (as Anthony 'A. J.' Johnson)
Chris Dong ... Dutchman Player

Rachel Shumate ... Brandy
Marshall Gitter ... Radio Announcer

Lisa Benavides-Nelson ... Ms. Serney (as Lisa Benavides)
Ken French ... Scout #1
Dana Ratliff ... T.V. Announcer

Christopher Jones ... Jason
Ronalda Stover ... Woman Score Keeper

Kelvin O'Bryant ... Ball Boy
Jack Munn ... Lanny (as Jack 'Jay' Munn)
Michael Flippo ... Mr. Bradley (as Mike Flippo)
James Middleton ... Cop
Julie Fishell ... Newscaster
Wally Welch ... Mr. Kirby
Zac David ... Hawks Player
James Galloway ... Hawks Player
Michael Givens ... Hawks Player
Chase Page ... Hawks Player
Rick Streeter ... Hawks Player
Doug Ayers ... Hawks Player
Dal Conner ... Dutchmen Player
David Dooley ... Dutchmen Player
Justin Ferira ... Dutchmen Player
Jaime Ingram ... Dutchmen Player
Jantz Baker ... Titans Player
Jerred Clarke ... Titans Player
Christopher Grooms ... Titans Player
Shawn Hill ... Titans Player
Parker Kirby ... Titans Player
Sean Murphy ... Titans Player
Jon Rosenbloom ... Titans Player
Derek Zieminski ... Titans Player
Richard Grandison ... Bulldogs Player
Evan Jones ... Bulldogs Player
Errol McPherson ... Bulldogs Player
Nathan Monroe ... Bulldogs Player
Tony Moore ... Bulldogs Player
Bernard Smalls ... Bulldogs Player
Quintral Washington ... Bulldogs Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luke Benko ... Photographer (uncredited)
Josh Bunnelle ... Fan in Stands (uncredited)

Lindsay Canton ... Cute girl (uncredited)
Shannon DeSalvo ... Student (uncredited)

Lonnie Knight ... News Photographer (uncredited)
Mark Miller ... Fan in Stands (uncredited)
Deborah Moss ... ER patient (uncredited)

Directed by
Tim Blake Nelson 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play "Othello")

Brad Kaaya (screenplay)

Produced by
Betsy Danbury .... co-producer
Betsy Danbury .... line producer
Zack Estrin .... associate producer
Daniel Fried .... producer (as Daniel L. Fried)
Eric Gitter .... producer
Lisa Gitter .... co-producer
Fred Goodman .... co-executive producer (as Fredric B. Goodman)
Brad Kaaya .... associate producer
Stephen A. Kepniss .... co-executive producer
Michael I. Levy .... executive producer
Anthony Rhulen .... producer
William Shively .... executive producer
Tom Tucker .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jeff Danna 
Cinematography by
Russell Lee Fine 
Film Editing by
Kate Sanford 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Dina Goldman 
Art Direction by
Jack Ballance 
Set Decoration by
David Schlesinger 
Costume Design by
Jill M. Ohanneson  (as Jill Ohanneson)
Makeup Department
Vanessa Davis .... assistant hair stylist
Taylor Knight .... key hair stylist
Claudia Moser .... key makeup artist
Stephanie Ponder .... assistant makeup artist
Patricia McAlhany Glasser .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Betsy Danbury .... unit production manager
Vera Golakova .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Susie Balaban .... second second assistant director
Dawn Massaro .... second assistant director
Tom Tucker .... first assistant director
Art Department
Judi Bell .... additional art department coordinator
Louis Bernard .... greensman
Sean Bernard .... painter
Tim Cohn .... assistant property master
Abigail Drury .... painter
Frank M. Fleming .... lead man (as Frank Fleming)
Mick Flood .... property master
Tim Fox .... swing gang
Heath Hood .... propmaker
Christopher Kuder .... property maker
Michael S. Martin .... property master (as Michael Martin)
James Passanante .... construction coordinator
Teresa Phelps .... art department coordinator
Larry Sauls .... on-set dresser
Stephen Yetman .... swing gang (as Steve Yetman)
Sound Department
Michael Axinn .... assistant sound editor (as Michael G. Axinn)
Jennifer Barin .... sound re-recordist
Phil Benson .... supervising sound editor
Karen Brocco .... assistant sound editor (as Karen A. Brocco)
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer
Jenny Elsinger .... cable person
Sue Fox .... adr editor
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen Kearney .... sound effects editor
Robert Maxfield .... sound mixer
Frank 'Pepe' Merel .... foley recordist
Tom Myers .... sound re-recording mixer
Jonathan Null .... dialogue editor
Larry Oatfield .... foley editor (as E. Larry Oatfield)
Michael Piotrowski .... boom operator
Gary Rizzo .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Shoup .... adr editor
Steve Slanec .... assistant sound editor
Erich Stratmann .... supervising assistant sound editor
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Colin O'Neill .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ray Bivins .... special effects coordinator
Joe Goins .... special effects assistant
Heath Hood .... special effects technician (as G. Heath Hood)
Cal Johnson .... stunt coordinator
Cal Johnson .... stunt double: Josh Hartnett
Kay Kimler .... stunts
Tina Mckissick .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jared Abrams .... second assistant camera
Bob Basha .... still photographer
Richard M. Cole .... grip (as Richard Cole)
Joe D'Alessandro .... camera operator
Dave Duren .... rigging gaffer (as David Duren)
John Gilchrist Jr. .... best boy grip (as Jack Gilchrist)
Peter Girolami .... gaffer
Dan Jones .... film loader
Bryan Lee .... electrician
Stephen Mills .... grip
Ed O'Bryant .... best boy electric
Harrison Palmer .... electrician
John Reynolds .... electrician
Charles Seabrook .... key grip
M. Richard Speranza .... dolly grip
Jonas Steadman .... first assistant camera a
Mark Young .... electrician (as J. Mark Young)
Casting Department
Beth Bowling .... casting assistant
Robin Carlan .... extras casting assistant
Maxann Crotts .... additional extras casting
Richard Futch .... local casting
Julie Lichter .... casting assistant
Margaret Mullins .... local casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nadine Haders .... assistant costume designer
Dorothy Masters .... set costumer
Deborah Pollard Matthews .... set costumer
Paul A. Simmons Jr. .... costume supervisor (as Paul Simmons Jr.)
Editorial Department
Michelle Botticelli .... assistant editor
Ben Gold .... assistant editor
Chris Hinton .... color timer
Rebecca Swender .... apprentice editor
Cory Victor .... post-production coordinator
Laura Weinberg .... apprentice editor
Renannah Weinstein .... apprentice editor (as Renannah Seliger)
Location Management
Cindi Hobgood .... assistant location manager (as Cynthia Hobgood)
Larry Jones .... location assistant
Preston Lancaster .... location assistant
Linda Lee .... location manager
Matt Morris .... location assistant
Matthew H. Morris .... location assistant (as Mathew H. Morris)
Ellis Simmons .... location assistant
Music Department
Barry Cole .... music supervisor
Bobby Collins .... music consultant
Jeff Danna .... score producer
Brad Haehnel .... score recordist
Shira Kammen .... musician
David Sabee .... orchestra contractor
Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz .... music editor (as Mark Wlodarkiewicz)
Transportation Department
David Brown .... driver
Ronald Brown .... driver (as Ron Brown)
Jeff Couch .... transportation captain
Anthony Forester .... transportation coordinator (as AJ 'Bubba' Forester)
Perry Hickman .... driver
Skip Long .... driver
David McAnany .... driver
Mack McInville .... driver
Tonny Meckelvaney .... driver
Walker Moore .... driver
Terry R. Owens .... driver (as Terry Owens)
Robert W. Simpson .... driver (as Rob Simpson)
Robert D. Wright .... driver (as Bob Wright)
Other crew
Beverly Ballzigler .... assistant to unit production manager
Liza Bigger .... production assistant
Marilyn Buist .... promotions coordinator
Christie Chaplin .... production secretary
Amy Chason .... craft service
Lisa DiQuollo .... craft service
Steve Dougherty .... chef
Abigail Gabbard .... office production assistant
Jillian Gallant .... office production assistant
Ashleigh Gerl .... promotions intern
Joanne Martin Hinson .... production assistant
Kevin Hinson .... set production assistant
Hilary Howard .... promotions intern
Mira Husseini .... film publicist
Nancy Jacklyn .... office production assistant
Robert Langhorst .... sous chef (as Rob Langhorst)
Dale Liner .... falconer
Jay Mason .... script supervisor
Ronda McCall .... production assistant
Lisa Mercurio .... key set production assistant
Jesse Merz .... assistant to producers
Jack Munn .... medic
Lesley Neufeld .... promotions intern (as Leslie Nicholson)
Jan Nizen .... production accountant
Tarah Phillippi .... promotions intern
Cristi Rickey .... production assistant
Tim Seager .... animal wrangler (as Tim Seegers)
Andrew Shealy .... office production assistant
Lesa Smalls .... intern film department
Anna Snow .... set production assistant
James Thomas .... assistant accountant
Cory Victor .... assistant to director
Marjory Wentworth .... unit publicist
Cara White .... unit publicist
Robbin Knight .... stand-in (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"The One" - Europe (English title) (DVD title)
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Rated R for violence, a scene of strong sexuality, language and drug use
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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This film finished production in 1999, and its original release date coincided with the Columbine High School shootings. The release was postponed because of the film's themes of violence and murder in a high-school setting.See more »
Miscellaneous: Josh Hartnett has brown eyes, but both of the actors playing his parents have blue eyes. Genetically impossible.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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Trust. Seduction. Betrayal. Everything comes full circle. Oh what a bad film this is!, 8 October 2003
Author: Old Joe from Hamilton, Australia

This is not a good film, although heaven only knows it wanted to be. There are so many aspects that are just not up to scratch here, the acting, the characters, the script (especially the plot) and direction, which is as bad as I have seen in a movie in a longtime. O is based on Shakespeare's play called ‘Othello', but after seeing this film and not liking it, I would rather read Shakespeare or see this story on Broadway, because at least then I would know I might be seeing something better than this garbage.

In the elite private school of Palmetto Grove, Odin ‘O' James is the only black student. He is a NBA hopeful, possessing the talent to go straight from high school to the pros. O is also dating the prettiest girl in the school, Desi Brable. They are the envy of all their friends – having found a love that is deep, honest and pure. O's best friend, Hugo, is on the same basketball team and the son of Coach Duke Goulding. Hugo has been asked by his father to look out for O but, in reality, Hugo is seeking to destroy the very person he pretends to befriend. As his jealousy of O increases, so does Hugo's determination to bring him down. He has a plan, a dark scheme to destroy O and using every conceivable, wicked ploy, he may just do it.

The makers of this film cannot avoid getting a spray from me in this review. Director Tim Blake Nelson, did what I would say was an ordinary job in directing ‘O'. Some of his choices as camera shots are not at all clever or convincing, and the movie has a very ‘stop/start' flow that makes it difficult to watch. Nelson needed to look at how Roger Kumble delicately put together Cruel Intentions, because that movie was cleverly directed.

However Blake is not the only one who will be getting a serve from me about this film. The screenplay for this film was written by Brad Kaaya and was not as good as it could have been. I like how movies try to use legendary stories from many generations ago, such as Shakespeare, but for some reason this screenplay was just not up to the mark. The plot to the film is just not good enough, as it does not make much sense at many stages, especially at the end. Another bad side to it was the characters developed for the story, such as O and Hugo, who are characters I did not like.

Which leads me to the acting in this film. O (Mekhi Phifer) is a guy at the start of the movie that we can see is a huge basketball talent and has a great girlfriend, Desi. Then halfway through the movie this guy turns nasty and from where I viewed it, for no apparent reason, other then listening to the evil plans of Hugo. I do not want to give the whole film away, but there is a scene with O that could have been ok if the film did not over do it. O is going through an NBA trial, which he shows to be a breeze, then after it, he decides to do something that was not very creative, destroying the scene for me.

Desi (Julia Stiles) is a very nice girl placed in a situation that is not very good. But for some reason even her character is hard to understand, as some of her lines are just down right silly and/or corny. From my sources, I heard Stiles did this movie, because of her love for Shakespeare, which is fine. But how blind can this girl be? I mean the script for this film was not up to the standard of some of her other work she has done (like 10 things I hate about you and Save the last dance), a great shame.

Then there is Hugo, played by my best mate (Josh Hartnett). His role once again is not very good. What do people see in this guy? The way he looks is not very convincing, as he continues to look like a little boy in over his head. I have seen him in a few roles where he is the good guy, and I have not liked him. Seeing him as a bad guy here, would you believe, I think is even worse. Another criticism of Hartnett from me is the way he speaks in both his acting and in voice-overs (that were disgraceful!) in this film. To me, Josh sounds like he is ‘whispering', just not good enough.

There are some very distressing scenes in this film, like I have never seen before. O and Desi have a very strange sex scene that I did not find the least bit arousing. You have the sequence at a basketball match where Roger (Elden Henson) is totally harassed and ridiculed, by Michael (Andrew Keegan) and a friend, which is very hard to watch. I know what that guy felt like. Then to top it all of, Hugo's crazy plan is one of the worst parts of a film that I have ever seen. It is unusual, awkward and gut wrenching, especially what we see O do to poor Desi, not pleasant at all.

I am the least bit sorry for being harsh towards this film, as it deserves every bit of criticism it gets. I was hesitant to watch the film and in a way I am glad I did, as I now know how bad it is. I recommend people stay away from ‘O', instead watch ‘Cruel Intentions' or ‘10 things I hate about you', which are much classier movies. Finally this movie has left me with a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth, when it comes to friends and relationships. I know I will be careful choosing both sorts of people in the future.

CMRS gives ‘O': 0

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