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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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
William Shakespeare (play)
Brad Kaaya (screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 August 2001 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Everything Comes Full Circle... See more »
Plot:
An update of Shakespeare's 'Othello' with a young cast, set in a high school and centered around basketball player Odin. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(13 articles)
User Reviews:
One of the better retellings of Shakespeare to date. ***1/2 (out of four) See more (150 total) »

Cast

  (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 ... Ms. Serney
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)
Shannon DeSalvo ... Student (uncredited)

Lindsay Huff ... Cute girl (uncredited)
Mark Miller ... Fan in Stands (uncredited)

Directed by
Tim Blake Nelson 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
 
Special Effects by
Ray Bivins .... special effects coordinator
Joe Goins .... special effects assistant
Heath Hood .... special effects technician (as G. Heath Hood)
 
Stunts
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
David J. 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
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)
 
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
Cindi Hobgood .... assistant location manager (as Cynthia Hobgood)
Hilary Howard .... promotions intern
Mira Husseini .... film publicist
Nancy Jacklyn .... office production assistant
Larry Jones .... location assistant
Preston Lancaster .... location assistant
Robert Langhorst .... sous chef (as Rob Langhorst)
Linda Lee .... location manager
Dale Liner .... falconer
Jay Mason .... script supervisor
Ronda McCall .... production assistant
Lisa Mercurio .... key set production assistant
Jesse Merz .... assistant to producers
Mathew H. Morris .... location assistant
Matt Morris .... location assistant
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
Ellis Simmons .... location 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
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The One" - Europe (English title) (DVD title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, a scene of strong sexuality, language and drug use
Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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:
Continuity: When Odin and Hugo are in Hugo's room talking about Mike and Desi, the jacket hanging on the bed changes positions.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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26 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
One of the better retellings of Shakespeare to date. ***1/2 (out of four), 7 September 2001

O / (2001) ***1/2 (out of four)

After the disastrous attempts the last decade has made at updating Shakespeare, I eventually thought that it was nearly impossible to successfully modernize anything of the genre. Shakespeare's themes and ideas can still relate with many aspects of society today, but seldom do filmmakers incorporate modern culture with the timeless stories told so long ago. "O" is like a slap in the face that proves my theory wrong. Based on Shakespeare's play "Othello," this isn't the first time Hollywood has tried to translate the tragic masterpiece onto film. In 1995, Laurence Fishburne starred in Oliver Parker's unsuccessful adaptation of the play. This time around, director Tim Blake Nelson has finally completed a victorious version of the story.and it's takes the form of a high school drama.

The film takes place in an elite private school located in the American South. Mekhi Phifer ("I Still Know What You Did Last Summer") stars as the title character, named Odin James, the only African American student at the school. That doesn't interfere with his reputation or image, however, because he's the school's defining figure. Rewarded MVP by the school's basketball team, he's a virtual celebrity with the student body, the basketball coach (Martin Sheen), as well as his beautiful girlfriend, Desi Brable (Julia Stiles of "Save the Last Dance"), the daughter of the Dean of Palmetto Grove Academy (John Heard).

Hugo Goulding (Josh Hartnett of "Pearl Harbor"), the son of the basketball coach, is Odin's best friend. He's asked by his father to look out for Odin because of the straining pressures of Palmetto Grove Academy. Little does anyone know, however, Hugo is dangerously envious of Odin and the attention he receives. On the outside, Hugo is friendly to all of his basketball teammates, including Odin, but on the inside, he's concocting a bitterly evil plan that will render more than just the social status of his classmates.

This tale of treachery, jealousy, and mistrust will introduce a new audience to the genius of William Shakespeare and some of his most intriguing and intelligent characters. In this version, the film changes the original metaphor of war into that of high school sports. It's startling how the themes of the classic story translate so well to the lives of modern young people. The film thoroughly examine the emotions of its characters. Through jealousy, favoritism, trust, and envy, to popularity, conformity, and the extreme measure some will take to fulfill their feelings, "O" looks into the heart of darkness, not through a sadistic serial killer or demonic monster, but through one of the most dangerous figures of all, a friend with ulterior motives.

Working against an inconsistent editing style and an uneven soundtrack, the actors do an exceedingly well job with their difficult characters. Josh Hartnett delivers a performance that isn't excessive or physically violent, but instead internal and intelligent. He gives his character a face for the complex emotions. He doesn't seek satisfaction through random temper tantrums, but through developing a full scale plan. Julia Stiles projects a charming, passionate chemistry with her supporting characters. Mekhi Phifer also furnishes a strong, convincing image of Odin.

Perhaps "O" doesn't fully exceed it's potential. It doesn't develop such possible themes as racism or one-sidedness. While creating a strong message on keeping friends close, but enemies closer, the film fails to examine a handful of themes that would have made the powerful, tragic conclusion even more effective.

"O" was originally completed in 1998, but because of the recent violence in real life high schools, the studios were uncertain about it's content and rescheduled its release date numerous times. Maybe these actions say something about the movie's impact and how influential it may become. In that case, why wait to release "O" if the message is something today's teens need to witness, both to inform them on Shakespeare and to demonstrate the dangerous results of envy and jealousy.

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