MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,990 this week

Macbeth (1961)

TV Movie  -  Drama  -  22 January 1961 (Canada)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 85 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 1 critic

The Scottish lord Macbeth, chooses evil as the way to fulfill his ambition for power. He commits regicide to become king and then furthers his moral descent with a reign of murderous terror... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(play), (adaptation)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 07 Feb 2011
 
a list of 72 titles
created 24 Jun 2012
 
a list of 1767 titles
created 09 Dec 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 15 Jan 2013
 
a list of 2005 titles
created 25 Apr 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Macbeth" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Macbeth (TV Movie 1961)

Macbeth (TV Movie 1961) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Macbeth.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When he is pulled up in court for selling stuff on the street, Horace Pope says he was only doing it while waiting to enlist. The judge calls his bluff and forces him to sign up. Pope makes... See full summary »

Director: Cyril Frankel
Stars: Alfred Lynch, Sean Connery, Victor Maddern
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An American war correspondent falls in love with a BBC reporter, but their relationship seems doomed from the start.

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Lana Turner, Barry Sullivan, Glynis Johns
Macbeth III (TV Movie 1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Hallmark Hall of Fame's second version of Shakespeare's classic play, with the same two stars and the same director as its first version, but a different supporting cast.

Director: George Schaefer
Stars: Maurice Evans, Judith Anderson, Michael Hordern
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A small time thief is recruited by a mobster to help with the racketeering. He doesn't like the job, but with the mob on his back, a femme fatale in his bed and a sick friend to care for, he will have to keep all his wits about him.

Director: John Lemont
Stars: Herbert Lom, Sean Connery, John Gregson
Macbeth (2015)
Drama

Spurred on by an eerie prophecy of the power he could gain if he were King, Macbeth, an army general, murders Duncan, the King of Scotland, and takes the throne. However, his guilt, and that of his wife, may prove to be their undoing.

Director: Justin Kurzel
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jack Reynor
Macbeth I (1987)
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Verdi opera, based on Shakespeare's play.

Director: Claude d'Anna
Stars: Leo Nucci, Shirley Verrett, Samuel Ramey
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Life is rough in the coal mines of 1876 Pennsylvania. A secret group of Irish immigrant miners, known as the Molly Maguires, fights against the cruelty of the mining company with sabotage ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Sean Connery, Richard Harris, Samantha Eggar
The Tragedy of Macbeth (Video 2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Daniel Coll
Stars: Marek Oravec, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Hal Fowler
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Tyrannical but ailing tycoon Charles Richmond becomes very fond of his attractive Italian nurse, Maria. The nurse, in turn, falls in love with Charles' ne'er-do-well nephew Anthony, who ... See full summary »

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Gina Lollobrigida, Sean Connery, Ralph Richardson
Macbeth (TV Movie 2002)
Music | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Thomas Grimm
Stars: Thomas Hampson, Paoletta Marrocu, Roberto Scandiuzzi
Riders to the Sea (TV Movie 1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: George R. Foa
Stars: Sybil Thorndike, Sean Connery, Olive McFarland
Macbeth (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.4/10 X  

This post-apocalyptic film adaptation of Shakespeare's play was created entirely by students at East Hollywood High School in Salt Lake City, UT.

Director: Brandon Arnold
Stars: Jonathan Aspittle, Chrissy Ellison, Kirk Guthrie
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
William Needles ...
Ted Follows ...
Robin Gammell ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sharon Acker ...
Bernard Behrens ...
Raymond Bellew ...
Natalia Bulko ...
...
Gillie Fenwick ...
Rex Hagon ...
Max Helpmann ...
Jacqueline Ivings ...
Hedley Mattingly ...
Edit

Storyline

The Scottish lord Macbeth, chooses evil as the way to fulfill his ambition for power. He commits regicide to become king and then furthers his moral descent with a reign of murderous terror to stay in power, eventually plunging the country into civil war. In the end, he loses everything that gives meaning and purpose to his life before losing his life itself. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 January 1961 (Canada)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

Just before Lady Macbeth says, "When you durst do it..." the boom mic shadow falls onto her face and blackens it. See more »

Quotes

Macbeth: I dare do all that may become a man. Who dares do more is none.
See more »

Connections

Version of Macbeth (1913) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Izh thish a dagger I shee before me?
13 July 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Sean Connery rocks in this! Although I prefer Orson Welles' more subdued, introspective Macbeth, here Connery delivers his own high-powered performance that you won't soon forget. This is a very theatrical version, full of sound & fury, histrionics and big arm movements. Cynical audiences might not buy into it, but if you were to go back to the early 1600s this is probably the way you'd see Shakespeare done.

The plot of Macbeth, if you were snoozing during high school English class, is about an 11th century Scottish warrior who hatches a dubious plan to steal the throne. Spurred on by his wife Lady Macbeth, who wears the pants in the household, he finds himself swiftly slipping down the path of evil. It's the conflict between his dark ambition and his moral half that makes this IMO the most gripping of Shakespeare's plays.

As I mentioned above, Orson Welles' famous 1948 version gives us a Macbeth who is repressed, depressed and deeply tormented. Many of his lines are delivered under his breath with an air of sadness, sorta like an "emo" Macbeth (which I actually like). In this version, Connery gives us a louder, more extroverted Macbeth who delivers all of his lines with a thunderous roar. It makes the pacing flow more quickly, and the whole film is like an unrelenting freight train from start to finish.

The direction & cinematography are excellent, making extreme use of light & shadow as well as distance & perspective. Certain shots are very exaggerated with one character close in the foreground while another is far away. One may be brightly lit whilst the other is covered in shadows. This gives the presentation a surreal, creepy vibe sort of like a Hitchcockian horror flick. Sets are enormous, cold and minimal.

I only took off a few points for some of the performances that were unconvincing and (this is nitpicking) several famous lines that were altered, whether deliberately or by accident. For example the famous line "Lay on, Macduff, and damned be him who first cries 'Hold! enough!'" is inexplicably cut short to "Damned be him who first cries 'Hold! enough!'" thereby losing its rhyme & rhythm. I caught 1 or 2 other instances of that. It bothered me because this is the only Shakespeare play that I actually read & remembered from high school. If I can remember the lines, why can't they??

Oh, I also took off a point because the 3 witches were way too hot. I mean, homina homina, but in the original play they're supposed to be spooky bearded hags, not swingin' 60s go-go chicks!

Final note about the picture quality... This is a public domain film which means there are a lot of lousy copies floating around. As far as I know, it has never been properly remastered. My copy is on the "Great Cinema: 15 Classic Films" DVD, and the quality leaves a bit to be desired. But for 5 bucks you can't go wrong. Check it out if you get a chance.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Sean Connery in Macbeth GECasteel
Discuss Macbeth (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page