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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:
Career-Making Performances Make "O" A Winner 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)
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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:
Natasha Lyonne and Mena Suvari were considered for the part of Desi.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Version of Othello (1908/I)See more »

FAQ

Is this based on a novel?
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Career-Making Performances Make "O" A Winner, 21 March 2002
Author: EdYerkeRobins from Sunland, CA

Jealousy can drive someone to extreme lengths. A constant theme in literature and in film, no matter how extreme it is, it always hits close to home because everyone is jealous of someone or something. Such extreme jealousy is the subject of "O", a suspenseful high school drama based on Shakespeare's "Othello" (which I'm not familiar with, so I'm uncertain how faithful "O" is to its source) and was held back from release for over a year following the Columbine shootings, at a time when everything that involved teenagers and violence was censored in the paranoid American media. Thankfully, the film was not shelved permanently, as such would be a great loss to the art of film.

Any drama relies heavily on the cast to make it believable, and "O" sports what was easily the best teen cast as well as one of the best casts overall in 2001. Mekhai Phifer is one to watch (though he isn't as typecast in teen roles as the other leads) as Odin, the betrayed, and the most real character in the movie. Unsure of who to trust, and played for a fool by his devious jealous "friend" Hugo (Josh Hartnett), one feels his disparity and paranoia. Less than a week after seeing (and trashing) him in the horrid "40 Days and 40 Nights", Josh Hartnett redeems himself and shows that, given the right character, his relative coldness and stoic nature can work well; "O" is without a doubt his best performance, and hopefully this has opened an opportunity for him away from awful bubble gum romance flicks. The final lead liberated from teen-movie hell is Julia Stiles' Desi, who is just as confused and angry as Phifer's Odin. The pair has some chemistry at the beginning, but when the lies and allegations arrive the two ignite.

The film's setting in a prep school in the Carolinas adds much to the character's conflicts, particularly Odin's. As the only African-American in a Southern private school, another layer to his character is that he still has to contend with proving himself against racism, and his interracial relationship with Desi may still cause controversy in some viewing circles. As a spoiled rich teen, Hugo is that much more angry when he doesn't get what he wants and is overshadowed by Odin, particularly in his father (the coach of the team)'s eyes. The sense of privacy and secrecy that a prep school instills in an audience (at least an audience that doesn't attend one) adds even more to the suspense and the complicatedness of Hugo's elaborate plan.

The plan is elaborate, complex, and cold-hearted is relatively easy to follow and unexpected at the same time. It all fits together perfectly, with only one minor plot hole (what happens to the school mascot?) and one unnecessary detracting character (the drug dealer who appears in a couple scenes without connection to any of the characters). As it steadily and seamlessly unfolds and the plot thickens, it becomes more amazing that someone like Hugo could even exist and feel so strongly as to commit such despicable acts. Yet the whole time, Hugo is cool and collected, and his plan never leaves the bounds of realism. It's powerful, and a terrible vision of the most intimate relationships forced apart in the name of jealousy.

"O" is one of those rare movies that can take a cast of hot teen faces and really make them shine in a well-written, well-acted film that they can be proud of when they outgrow teen idolatry. It may turn off their prime audiences, but it shows the rest of us what they are truly capable of if given the opportunity, and with this cast, it is hoped they can be paired with such an excellent, challenging film again.

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